They are considered as the secret love of all motor sports fans. Experts wistfully remember reckless maneuvers on narrow hairpin bends: mountain races have always had a unique charm all of their own, and this sprint discipline has a long history in Austria as well. The "International Grossglockner Races“ of the 1930s are legendary. They are now revived with the "Grossglockner Grand Prix 2012“ and the "Alpen Challenge 2012“.
From 19 to 22 September in Zell am See, at the foot of the highest mountain in Austria, fans of classic motor sports events enjoyed an exciting double bill with many racing classics.
92 bends, 14 hairpin bends and a climb of 1,300 metres over the 15 kilometres of the spectacular Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse between Ferleiten and Fuscher Toerl made the Grossglockner Grand Prix a tough challenge for man and machine. On Thursday and Friday, a training round and three competition rounds (carried out as regularity tests) determined the winner. Fifty pre-war cars, five Veritas vehicles and 20 racing cars from the 1950s and 1960s were on the starting grid.
Porsche, the main partner of the event, was present at every single location – due to its affection for Zell am See and in memory of the great hill race successes that the company celebrated well into the 1960s. Racing legend Hans Herrmann, another successful hill climb driver, celebrated those great times at Zell am See by completing a number of demonstration laps at the Grossglockner in the Porsche 550 Spyder Panamericana from the Porsche Museum.
The 550 Spyder Panamericana could be admired in the drivers' paddock in Ferleiten, where Porsche Classic and Porsche Exclusive & Tequipment were also represented. Bergpreis participants and visitors had the opportunity to talk to competent Porsche experts. Driver’s Selection by Porsche Design rounded off the diverse offerings with a large selection of Porsche accessories in the event truck.
The "Alpen Challenge" took place on Friday and Saturday at the same time as the hill climb. At this Oldtimer Rallye the focus was on the pleasure of driving through the wonderful scenery. Saturday's stage started in the Porsche Service Centre in Zell am See, where numerous spectators, including Walter Röhrl, had gathered to watch enthusiastic drivers in their spectacular classic cars.