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World-Renown Former Race Drivers to race again

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Text: / Photos: | posted July 12, 2003 00:00

Celebrate Revival of 100 Year old Solitude Race Track in Stuttgart With Vintage Cars

STUTTGART, Germany - For months the legendary American racing driver Dan Gurney has been looking forward to a reunion with the Porsche Formula One Type 804 in which he won the spectacular roller-coaster race at the Solitude circuit in 1962. On July 25 to 27, 2003 he will be able to get into the shining chrome Porsche vintage car at the Solitude Revival and make the rounds on the historic circuit once again. "I am looking forward to this legendary circuit. I have not raced on it for so many years and it's hard to describe what it was like - it was simply fascinating", says Dan Gurney, who participated in four Solitude Formula One races.

The 4.6 kilometer long Jubilee circuit around the castle Solitude corresponds largely to the original circuit from the 1920s. There will be races in seven classes, of which six will be a representative cross-section of the Solitude races that were held a total of 35 times between 1903 and 1965.

More than 30 international racing drivers will participate in the Revival, among them the six times World Champion Jim Redman from Zimbabwe the 15 times World Champion Giacomo Agostini from Italy and the two Germans Hans Hermann and Paul Pietsch. All of them are now about 80 years old - a few are even much older - and they will be driving original vehicles (motorcycles, motor cycles with side cars and racing cars) that competed here between 1903 and 1965.

30,000 spectators are expected to celebrate the revival, the cars and the legend drivers. An informative and entertaining web page offers fans numerous opportunities to learn about the history of races that attracted up to 400,000 people in its heydays. Further more, incredible details of the track are shared with the fans at www.solitude-memorial.de