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600 classic racing cars in Clausen

100 years anniversary next Saturday

Show: 600 classic racing cars in Clausen

100 years ago, during the first races in Klausen, cars crossed the Urnerboden at a speed of 200 km/h. It won’t be so fast next Saturday: there will be a big classic car show with nearly 600 cars at Clausen Pass for the anniversary – including classic racing demos.

Classic car enthusiasts should not miss this show. On Saturdays it smokes and roars on Clausen Pass Road as it did from 1922 to 1934, when racing greats like Hans Stuck (1900-1978) or Rudolf Caracciola (1901-1959) fought there For victory . Between 1993 and 2013, historic racers raced from the starting point to the top of the pass in the Linthal GL, as they once did in the Memorial Race.

This is not possible for the 100th anniversary of the Clausen race for financial and technical approval reasons. But what the Diavolo Motor Classic Association has concocted as an alternative is worthy of respect and a wide audience: next Saturday, August 6, nearly 600 historic automobiles and motorcycles manufactured between 1910 and 1979 will be part of a major motor show old. Will be in Urnerboden. Around 400 of these racing giants start from Urnerboden according to age groups, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the original 13 kilometer final section to the legendary Zilhaus. For spectators along the track, it will be a fascinating journey through the history of car and motorcycle racing.

1926 Conqueror vehicle in action

Of course, there are no more former winners or course record holders, it’s been too long. However, some vehicles used by the heroes of the era have survived and will be on display at the ride on Saturday. Take, for example, the original 1926 winning vehicle, the Bugatti T37 model, now owned by Christian Cox of French-speaking Switzerland. Or the Bugatti with which the dashing Frenchwoman Halle Nice (1901-1984), once a model and nude dancer, fearlessly dangled the ears of her male colleagues and also started at the Col de Clausen in 1932. Today, her Bugatti TL is operated by Hans Matti, the current owner of VD.

Since parking spaces are limited for visitors on the Urnerboden and the Klausen Pass, it is recommended to book in advance. A few parking tickets for cars and mobile homes (CHF 30) and motorcycles (CHF 10) are still available on www.diavolomotorclassic.ch. Of course, on August 6, visitors can also get there by public transport. PostBus Switzerland is expanding its capabilities for this purpose. Buses pick up customers from the Linthal car park in Urnerboden. There is a free shuttle service from there to the top of the pass. Tickets for these buses are sold on the site. Of course, the pass road will remain closed to general traffic from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on August 6 for the duration of the event.