The alpine panorama and beautiful classics are just the right ingredients for a perfect classic car rally, an event ZF didn't want to miss.
July 11, 2017
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For the 20th consecutive year, the most beautiful classic cars met on dream roads for the famous Silvretta Classic Rallye held in Montafon, Austria – and ZF was right there at the starting line for its 10th year running. Since 1998, more than 180 impressive pre-war automobiles, legendary super sports cars, luxury classic cars and trusted every-day automobiles roll out every July from Montafon, Austria, driving through Vorarlberg and neighboring regions into Switzerland. The Silvretta Classic has been touted as a rally of steadiness and reliability since 1998. That is because this rally is not about speed, rather extreme precision driving that is tested during three special stages in which drivers must adhere to generous target times.
The starting field departed from Partenen on each of the three rally days, covering a total distance of 595 kilometers. The automobile field also included two ZF automobiles: a racy Alfa Romeo Montreal equipped with a ZF S 5-18/3, limited slip differential SD DL 175 and F&S-clutch and the oldest vehicle from ZF’s classic collection, a BMW 327/28 equipped with a ZF AK 4-S 15 and a clutch from Fichtel & Sachs. One classic car driven by a French classic fan was even older: an unrestored pure Rally AZ from 1924.
is the distance these classic cars managed to go in just three days.
The oldest vehicle from ZF’s classic collection: the BMW 327-28.
Against a dream backdrop: The BMW 327-28 climbs the mountain road.
Let’s get started: the Alfa Romeo Montreal before the special stage.
The finish line in Gaschurn: the ZF Team in the Alfa Romeo Montreal.
Two-time rally world champion: Isolde Holderied (right).
An institution of the race scene: Prince Leopold from Bavaria.
2nd place in the overall standings: the Sonax Team.
In the fast lane: the Porsche 356 1600 S Speedster.
Even “Grandpa” is driving: a Porsche 356 A Carrera.
Popular car with siren: the Carabinieri Alfa Romeo Giulia.
Number 1 in the starting field: Le Mans winner Klaus Ludwig (left) in the Mercedes-Benz 720 SSK.
On the road with the Opel team: Joachim Winkelhock (right) and Malte Jürgens.
The first stage took the drivers 126 kilometers over the spectacular Silvretta high alpine road, "Hochalpenstrasse". The beautiful weather attracted many onlookers along the route, many of whom traveled from afar to see this automobile spectacle and legendary race car drivers like Klaus Ludwig, Joachim Winkelhock or Isolde Holderied.
The second rally day was the most challenging and toughest for both man and machine, a 326 km route climbing 2,750 meters over the Kaunertal Glacier. Amazingly, many of these classic cars were able to meet the challenge and master the incredibly long climb.
Compared to the previous two days, the third rally day was more relaxed. After a 153 km round-trip route, the cars and their drivers reached the rally destination. Regardless of how each of the drivers and automobiles performed, for almost everyone there, one thing was certain: that they would attend the 21st Silvretta Classic Rallye.