March 4, 2024


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Ardennen Rennen: The Gentleman Racer Reunion

Ardennen Rennen: The Gentleman Racer Reunion

The Ardennen Rennen – subtitled The Gentleman Racer Reunion – is a new rally occasion held in the famous Ardennes region of Spa, Belgium.

I have been concerned with air-cooled automobiles for above 10 decades now, and in that time have attended all the big themed occasions all-around Europe. So when I acquired an invite to photograph Ardennen Rennen – an party focussed on driving and making the most of scarce ‘old speed’ (AKA period correctly tuned) air-cooled vehicles, I was hyped to say the the very least.


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 quite perfectly known for their other events – the European Bug-In, Freddy’s Revival Data files and the Das Drag Working day. These are all hugely well-known, weekend-extensive get-togethers, centered on air-cooled cars and classic drag racing.


As you’d hope, both equally Freddy and Mike have each acquired a range of interesting air-cooled vehicles over the a long time, and driving their ‘old speed’ vehicles as a result of the Belgian Ardennes location all around the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit encouraged them to organize this occasion.


The Ardennen Rennen pays tribute to the highway rallies of yesteryear, and for the very first celebration charted a route from Liège to Bastogne and back again about the course of a complete day’s driving. Opponents satisfied on Saturday afternoon at R-Hotel in Aywaille, and set off 1st matter Sunday early morning.


It’s not just about autos although. The event celebrated the full vibe of 1960s ‘gentleman racers’, so autos plus interval clothing and even old college navigating.


This first ever jogging of the Ardennen Rennen was attended and savored by 16 teams (driver and co-driver). Equipped with classic stopwatches and tripmeters, they coated about 200kms of awesome roadways, albeit typically in wet problems.


I imagine it’s risk-free to say that most typical Volkswagen and Porsche owners would choose to maintain their vehicles dry and heat, so chasing them all around the pine forest roadways of the Ardennes was an absolute blast.

Collin Tiemens
Instagram: fuegocarculture


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