Rolling rally rarities: BFFT at the Danube Classic 2016
For the 11th time, the vintage car rally scene met in the automotive region surrounding Ingolstadt from June 23rd to June 25th, 2016. This year, 234 teams drove their vintage and modern classic auto rarities to the starting line at the Danube Classic, one of the biggest and best-known vintage car rallies. An impressive multitude of classic cars from seven decades completed the 650 km tour through the picturesque landscapes of the Altmühltal Nature Park, the Hallertau, and the Donaumoos. A variety of cars could be seen: convertibles and race cars from Wanderer, Bentley, DKW, Alvis, and Riley; classy exotic cars from Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Jaguar; driving machines such as the Audi Sport Quattro; the Renault Alpine A 110; sporty Porsches from the 60s and 70s; Mercedes classics spanning four decades; and “bread-and-butter” cars from the past century. The list goes on! The diversity of automobiles at this year’s Danube Classic had virtually no limits. A total of more than 40 brands and participants from five countries (Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Spain, and Switzerland) were represented in the starting line-up. Of course, motorsport legends such as Walter Röhrl, Christian Geistdörfer, Jochi Kleint, and Gunter Wanger weren’t absent.
As an absolute auto enthusiast, BFFT couldn’t miss the vintage car rally, either. For that reason, the automotive engineering and electronics specialist from Ingolstadt/Gaimersheim co-sponsored the Danube Classic for the first time. At 8:30 AM on the second day of the rally, all participants went through a passage control at BFFT’s headquarters. Our BFFT pitstop girls gave them a proper greeting and they let their brief stop at BFFT be documented. On top of that, there were BFFT sunglasses befitting the picture-perfect weather. In the afternoon, a special stage took place at the Audi Sportpark. Participants had to complete a small course within a certain timespan. A professional moderator informed the audience on all the important details regarding the drivers and their vehicles. The stadium and the Danube Classic were also the setting of BFFT’s traditional summer festival, which was organized as a family festival this year.
A total of three teams represented BFFT at the Danube Classic 2016. CEO Markus Fichtner drove a Volkswagen T1 Samba (built in 1960). Two other colleagues represented BFFT with a Mercedes Benz 230 T (1978) and a Lancia Delta Integrale EVO (1991). As a special treat, a raffle was held among BFFT employees before the event. The prizes included a team starting place (decided via video vote on BFFT’s Facebook page) and passenger seats in Markus Fichtner’s VW Bulli.