Donau Ring 2002

These pictures were taken at the Donau Ring classic race organised by Audi in their home town of Ingolstadt.
The event was run on the 4th & 5th of May 2002. The last Donau Ring was in 2000.

When I went to this event I lived in Germany, but if I were coming just for this then I’d get a hotel in Munich & go to Ingolstadt for the day. I’m sure its a nice town but like the Isle of Man, I don’t think there’s a great deal to do when the races aren’t on.

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114 Gunther Lingelbach, 125cc Bultaco TSS, 1958

174 Manfred Schweiger, 600cc Silk-Scott, 1930

293 Manfred Schweiger, 600cc Scott TT, 1929

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114 I guess this is Herr Lingelbach !


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320 Dr. Gisbert Nierle, 500cc BMW R50, 1955


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Trumpet mouthed carb of the BMW R50.

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277 Christian Gobeli, 500cc, Rudge Ulster 1932

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Christian gets a little help from my friend Andrew Harris.

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The open valve gear on the Rudge Ulster.


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282 Albert Homberger, 500cc FN Grand Prix, 1929.

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Ro80

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246 Christian Wallner, 350cc Harley-Davidson B, 1926.

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256 Christian von Ferrari, 250cc Motosacoche Supersport, 1926.

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254 Birgit Erb, 350cc UT-Blackburne, 1929.


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244 Walter Malzner, 350cc AJS big port, 1926.


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243 Lothar Köhler, 350cc AJS M6, 1929.

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108 Adolf Reich, 125cc Puch SVS, 1954.

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94 Markus Wurm, 175cc Ducati, 1957.

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209 Hans Maier, 350cc NSU dohc, 1937.


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258 Willi Jaberg, 350cc Motosacoche Works bike, 1930.


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115 must be a late entry as I can’t find him in the programme.

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245 Ranja Muralt, 250cc Ariel LF, 1929.

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115 again.

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Classes 4 (up to 1957, 125cc or under) & 7 (up to 1933, 350cc or under) collect in front of the start lane.


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247 Hans-Uwe Walter, 350cc Schüttoff RS 2-Gang, 1926.


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296 Steffen Walter, 500cc OD SS, 1929.

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279 Manfred Hirsiger, 600cc Scott Flying Squirrel, 1928.

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73 Karl-Heinz Denzler, 250cc NSU Sportmax, 1954.

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209 Hans Maier, 350cc NSU dohc, 1937.


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288 Dieter Noack, 600cc DKW SS, 1930.


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An RC45 from one of the spectators.

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Classes 4 & 7 in the start lane of the holding area.

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Sidecars in the start lane of the holding area.

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210 Werner Müller, 350cc Velocette KSS, 1930.


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216 Helmut Schmidtner, 350cc NSU OSL, 1937.


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83 Heike Meub, 175cc Ducati, 1956.

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Close up of Heike Meub’s 1956 175cc Ducati.

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Sidecars race along ‘Auf der Schanz’.

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1 Heinz Klingenschmidt, 250cc DKW SS, 1939.


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66 August Hobl, 350cc DKW RM, 1954.


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9 Udo Steinbüchel, 500cc Gilera Saturno, 1947.

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Peter Held & Markus Halter on NSU Sportmax replicas

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30 Reiner Hattig & Stefan Holzwarth, 500cc NSU SS sidecar outfit.

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288 Dieter Noack, 600cc DKW SS, 1930.


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4 Jürgen Knöll, NSU Rennmax Delphin, 1953.


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4 Jürgen Knöll, NSU Rennmax Delphin, 1953.

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288 Dieter Noack, 600cc DKW SS, 1930.

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4 Jürgen Knöll, NSU Rennmax Delphin, 1953.

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289 Daniel Rubin, 500cc NSU SS, 1931.


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11 Jürgen Herb, NSU Sportfox, 1950.


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9 Udo Steinbüchel, 500cc Gilera Saturno, 1947.

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36 Horst Scherer, 500cc Vincent Comet, 1951.

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36 Horst Scherer, 500cc Vincent Comet, 1951.

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35 Kurt Amrein, 500cc Triumph Grand Prix, 1948.


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19 Karl Frohnmayer, 500cc Norton Dominator, 1956.


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40 Peter James Turner, 500cc BSA Goldstar, 1957.

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25 Harald Hacker, 750cc Harley Davidson WR, 1949.

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1 Alfred Stöcker, 500cc BMW RS, 1955.

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41 Dr. Jörg Cavelius, 500cc Norton ES2, 1950.


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39 Jochen Siefert, 500cc Norton Manx, 1956.


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11 Helmut Singer, 500cc BSA Goldstar, 1954.

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64 Willi Heumos, 350cc AJS 7R, 1955.

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42 a small unknown 2 stroke (125cc Horex?)

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112 Robert Doll, 125cc MZ, 1958.


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16 Michael Schraudy, 500cc Horex Imperator, 1948.


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16 Michael Schraudy, 500cc Horex Imperator, 1948.

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16 Michael Schraudy, 500cc Horex Imperator, 1948.

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Horex Imperator engine closeup.

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The mobile race repair shop guy tigging a handle bar.


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A very well equiped mobile shop.

I asked them what they could do, the answer… ‘Everything’.

I believe them !


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The 1985 Audi Rallyquattro driven by Finnish rally ace Hannu Mikkola.

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The 1936 Auto Union Type C V16 is shoved towards me.

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It approaches…

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It passes…


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It stops !


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I can’t believe it, they’re going to start it right in front of me !

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Better switch the ignition on first.

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Even in neutral the race clutch will have some drag so best hang on!

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Blip the throttle…


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and turn over


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the engine Meister is not happy


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get out the priming equipment

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Excuse me Sir, please stand back or be incinerated!

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Turn over…

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It lives !!!


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Tweak the throttle until warm


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No, no don’t do that !

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Blast them, they’ve put the lid on & spoiled my fun.

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A quick fiddle to get it on straight.

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Ah, there’s nothing like putting your hand in the exhaust stream to really feel the life in an engine.

And, of course, for getting your fingers burnt.


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The driver makes off, frightened that my drool may land on his polished vehicle.


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Thats the trouble with 1930’s race machinery, you need a mechanic
& a wee man with a starter to follow you around everywhere.

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The Audi R8 Le Mans driven by Perry McCarthy waits in the start lane.

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The engine Meister offers the driver some friendly last minute advice…

“Break my engine & I’ll see you boiled in oil.”

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A bit of trouble getting into gear


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and then he’s off..


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The R8 followed by the Quattro

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Once again the R8 & Quattro

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the Quattro coming…

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and going.


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The Type C coming


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closer…

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He’s fair getting his foot down for an old geezer
in a nearly 70 year old car in the wet.

Respect !

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Off he goes.

And that’s it for Donau Ring 2002 !