December 2, 2022

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Ardennen Rennen: The Gentleman Racer Reunion

The Ardennen Rennen – subtitled The Gentleman Racer Reunion – is a new rally function held in the well-known Ardennes region of Spa, Belgium.

I have been included with air-cooled automobiles for above 10 several years now, and in that time have attended all the major themed functions close to Europe. So when I received an invite to photograph Ardennen Rennen – an occasion focussed on driving and making the most of rare ‘old speed’ (AKA period effectively tuned) air-cooled cars and trucks, I was hyped to say the the very least.

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The organizers of the Ardennen Rennen are not just air-cooled Volkswagen and Porsches enthusiasts, they are living and breathe them. Frederic (Freddy) and Mike are absolute legends in the European air-cooled scene and are incredibly very well known for their other events – the European Bug-In, Freddy’s Revival Documents and the Das Drag Working day. These are all hugely well known, weekend-extensive get-togethers, concentrated on air-cooled autos and classic drag racing.

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As you’d anticipate, both equally Freddy and Mike have each acquired a quantity of interesting air-cooled vehicles over the yrs, and driving their ‘old speed’ cars as a result of the Belgian Ardennes region about the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit inspired them to organize this party.

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The Ardennen Rennen pays tribute to the road rallies of yesteryear, and for the initial celebration charted a route from Liège to Bastogne and back again about the program of a whole day’s driving. Opponents met on Saturday afternoon at R-Hotel in Aywaille, and set off initial issue Sunday morning.

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It is not just about vehicles though. The event celebrated the whole vibe of 1960s ‘gentleman racers’, so cars and trucks moreover time period garments and even aged university navigating.

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This first ever jogging of the Ardennen Rennen was attended and liked by 16 teams (driver and co-driver). Equipped with vintage stopwatches and tripmeters, they covered around 200kms of astounding streets, albeit primarily in soaked conditions.

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I believe it’s safe and sound to say that most common Volkswagen and Porsche proprietors would like to preserve their vehicles dry and heat, so chasing them close to the pine forest streets of the Ardennes was an absolute blast.

Collin Tiemens
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