The 37th AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix, one of the most important international motor racing events for historic cars, took place at the Nürburgring from 7 to 9 August 2009. It featured 650 racing cars from seven decades of motor racing history, showcased to around 62,000 enthusiastic visitors
Porsche was represented by Porsche Classic, Porsche Exclusive & Tequipment and Porsche Driver's Selection on a total area of 14,000 square metres, in close proximity to the race track. Together with the selected partners Bose, Fuchs, Kingeter, Mahle, Mobil and Stickel, Porsche Classic provided the visitors with a wide diversity of information and entertainment in the spacious Porsche exhibition area.
With the popular crane ride, which had been provided by forwarding agent Hendricks exclusively for around 800 Porsche VIP package owners, the guests were able to enjoy a spectacular view over the Nürburgring. From this lofty height, guests were also able to get the best view of the more than 400 Porsche customer vehicles of all generations which had gathered around the Porsche exhibition tent.
An area of the Porsche exhibition tent was dedicated to the Porsche 911 model line 993. Since 01.08.2009, the responsibility for spare parts supply, maintenance and restoration of this latest classic Porsche has been officially borne by Porsche Classic. The highlight in this area was the 993 Police Porsche – the millionth car built by Porsche – which was personally handed over to the Baden-Wuerttemberg police force as a gift by Ferry Porsche in 1996. Following transformation of the vehicle into as new condition by Porsche Classic, it today belongs to the legacy collection of the Porsche Museum.
Further highlights of this year’s exhibition were two Signal Yellow Porsche 911 Targa of Japanese racing driver and Porsche enthusiast Tetsu Ikuzawa. These consisted of a 911 S Targa body from 1969 in the early stages of restoration by Porsche Classic, as well as a 911 Targa 4S of the current 997 model line. This vehicle was modelled on the historic Targa and manufactured by Porsche Exclusive exactly 40 years later.
In 2009, two Porsche models celebrate a round anniversary. The 914 model and the legendary Le Mans winner, the 917, which was voted the greatest racing car of all time by the British trade journal “Motor Sport”. Both cars are 40 years old.
Moreover, Porsche Classic is celebrating an additional anniversary, which was a central theme of the entire event: “100 Jahre Ferry Porsche”. Professor Dr. Ing. h.c. Ferdinand Anton Ernst "Ferry" Porsche would have celebrated his 100th birthday on 19 September 2009.
An extensive hospitality area with its own grandstand on the race track rounded off the event offering. Here, the Porsche VIP package owners were exclusively entertained over the entire weekend. On Saturday, the Porsche Night also took place there, at which the guests could win attractive prizes in a tombola raffle. The main prize was a set of Fuchs rims, donated by the Otto Fuchs company. Live music and a DJ provided for entertainment throughout the evening. A high point of the evening was the interview with Tetsu Ikuzawa, who talked about his carrier as an internationally renowned racing driver and his passion for Porsche.