The legendary sports car drivers and ex-Formula 1 drivers Hans Herrmann, Jochen Mass and Alexander Wurz (at present, a Toyota works driver; three victories in the new World Sports Car Championship), the current DTM drivers Bruno Spengler (champion in a BMW), Rahel Frey (Audi) and Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz), the BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt as well as the ADAC Sport President Hermann Tomczyk: At the opening ceremony of the Essen Motor Show 2012 on November 30, high-ranking celebrities will congregate in the fair halls. mehr »

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Special Show About the World Sports Car Championship at the Essen Motor Show

Legendary Motorsport Era Which is Now Reviving
The races for the World Sports Car Championship from 1953 to 1992 are amongst the highlights in motorsport history. In these 40 years, famous automobile firms such as Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot or Porsche fought for the prestigious title which, at that time, was often enough precisely as coveted as the World Formula 1 Championship. As a homage to these 40 successful years of motorsport, almost 20 successful racers from that period will be presented at this year’s Essen Motor Show, starting with the Ferrari 375MM from 1953/54 right up to the Peugeot 905 from 1992, the last titleholder until now. In 2012, the World Sports Car Championship is celebrating its resurrection after a break of 20 years. It is clear that it will also be possible to see the successful cars from this season in Essen.

The races for the World Sports Car Championship included the most important sports car races such as the Twelve-Hour Race in Sebring (USA), the Mille Miglia (Italy), the 24-Hour Race in Le Mans (France), the Targa Florio (Italy), the ADAC 1,000 km race on the Nürburgring (Germany), the 24-Hour Race in Daytona (USA) or the Carrera Panamericana (Mexico).

The World Sports Car Championship with its long-distance races (duration between six and 24 hours) was the counterpart to the World Formula 1 Championship whose races covered a maximum of 500 km or subsequently 300 km. It was very popular. Thus, more visitors often came, for example, to the ADAC 1,000 km race on the Nürburgring than to the World Formula 1 Championship race on the same track. No wonder because the races featured absolute stars including the legendary Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio, the Briton Stirling Moss in the 1950s or, later on, the Belgian Jacky Ickx as well as the Germans Jochen Mass and Hans-Joachim Stuck who became the World Champion in a Porsche in 1985.

The list of the successful sports cars which will be presented in Essen (status: start of October 2012):
Ferrari 375MM (1954)
Mercedes Benz 300SLR (1955)
Jaguar D (1955/57)
Maserati 300S (1956/57)
Aston Martin DBR (1959)
Ferrari Testa Rossa (1961/62)
Ford GT40 (1968)
Porsche 908 (1969)
Porsche 917 (1970/1971)
Ferrari 312PB (1972)
Matra Simca MS670 (1973)
Alfa Romeo T33TT (1975)
Porsche 956 (1981/85)
Porsche 962C (1987)
Jaguar XJR 9LM (1988)
Sauber-Mercedes C9 (1989)
Mercedes-Benz C11 (1990)
Peugeot 905B (1992)

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