Hungaroring Classic – Quite simply historic!

Never before had an international historic meeting been held on a Central European circuit. Now it’s been done and dusted! By bringing together 150 racing cars, 700 collector cars and more than 20 000 spectators the inaugural staging of the Hungaroring Classic was an historic success!


The Hungaroring left its mark in the history of Formula 1 by opening the gates of Iron Curtain 31 years ago, and this weekend the circuit was again at its best as it hosted the first event for historic cars in Central Europe. Hungarian spectators flocked to the track in large numbers and a total of more than 20 000 visitors attended the event, some of whom drove there at the wheel of collector cars rarely seen at Peter Auto meetings. Models produced in the ex-USSR at ZAZ (Ukraine), Trabant (East Germany) as well as Moszkvics (Russia) and Pannonia (Hungary) gave the immediate surroundings of the circuit a particularly exotic allure! And there was more! Many exhibitors, manufacturers and peripatetic bands of musicians added extra ambiance to the party. In passing we’d like to thank the local promoters Tamás Rákosi and Balázs Szalay for having seen the big picture. And all the ladies and gentlemen who got into the spirit of things where the dress code was concerned giving an example to be followed by visitors to other Peter Auto events! Finally, this popular triumph was equalled by the media success of the Hungarian event as proved by the presence of 180 accredited journalists including those from the Hungarian TV channel, M4 Sport, which broadcast the event live on Saturday and Sunday with the help of no fewer than 16 cameras!

The track too was a new experience for the drivers in the seven Peter Auto grids as they had to adapt to the constraints of a torturous layout completely the opposite of Monza in July. The “Temple of Speed” was replaced by the twists and turns of the Budapest roller-coaster. Those who could modified the setup of their cars like the Group C prototypes which wings were in maximum high drag configuration to generate as much downforce as possible. The others just adapted their style to the conditions like Emanuele Pirro entered in CER 1 at the wheel of an Alfa Romeo T33, which had no aero devices: “I really enjoyed myself driving on this circuit. The very slippery tarmac suits our historic cars down to the ground as they’re made to take corners in four-wheel drifts. And the ambience here is quite simply fantastic!”

The next rendezvous is in three weeks time at the Dix Mille Tours du Castellet, the final race of the season on the Peter Auto historic race calendar.