Legendary Opel Rally Stars

Fascinating, varied and simply beautiful. This describes what the participants, fans and spectators at the 8th Bodensee Klassik were able to experience this weekend. Opel was there with an abundance of horsepower and VIP celebrities: the public admired rally stars from the 1970s and 1980s live in action, including legendary models such as the Opel Kadett B “Kulläng“, Commodore B GS/E, Kadett C GT/E from 1978, Ascona B 400, Corsa A Cup and Kadett E GSi. The cockpits were also manned by famous names: Opel brand ambassador and Le Mans winner Jockel Winkelhock completed the scenically unique rally legs through Vorarlberg, Tyrol, the Allgäu and Upper Swabia, as did TV star and actor Florian Bartholomäi. Not only the varied routes, but also the unpredictable weather repeatedly challenged man and machine and made the rally even more exciting.

Opel Vice President Communications, Harald Hamprecht also joined the storied field in the Bodensee Klassik tour in a 190 hp Commodore B GS/E from 1972. “This rally is an absolute must for classic car fans like me. Our legendary rally models can show how much performance and fun they still have in them today on the demanding Alpine

foothills and Alpine routes,” said Hamprecht. Opel is currently celebrating 120 years of automobile production, 120 years of car racing and 50 years of Opel Motorsport.

Opel brand ambassador and race ace Jockel Winkelhock agreed: “Whenever I can, I grab a model from the big Opel rally treasure chest for classic car rallies. This time it was the Kadett C GT/E – a popular amateur sports car par excellence.” The racing driver mastered the two Bodensee legs over a total of 530 kilometres with flying colours in the fast 160hp series winner from the late 1970s.

Car chase: The Commodore B GS/E followed by the Kadett C GT/E, Kadett B Kulläng and Kadett E Haider.

 

Beautiful setting: Opel Ascona 400, Corsa Cup, Commodore B GS/E, Kadett B Kulläng and Kadett C GT/E (from left) posing in front of the panorama of Lake Constance and the Alps.

 

 


May 2019