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29.5.2010: DAY OF THUNDER + MANRO MUSEUM

Lesser people would have stayed in bed when looking at grey skies at dawn. No options for the Foundation’s agents that were determined to spend a day watching some historic racing.

At Salzburgring rain always comes as course of the menu for sure. The only question is will it be starter, main course or desert? Only known to insiders this “Day of Thunder” (www.day-of-thunder.com)is organized by Automobil-Club München von 1903 e.V. im ADAC. Altough not a lot of spectators came along, all the active participants had a lot of fun with their machines.

On the wet track some unusual cars became leaders of the pack. A very nicely prepared Fiat 124 Saloon racer beat a Lotus Elan and a Triumph TR4 as well. Among the Austrian competitors a suicide doored Fiat Abarth 1000TC from Tyrol proved to be in a league of it‘s own. In the wet and in the dry it manged total domination of large capacitiy racers like Iso Grifo 5300, Maserati 3500GT and Mercedes 300SL.
It was the real darling oft the spectators. No wonder that Abarth cars achieved more than 7000 victories in their active time till 1971.

All in all this meeting had a pleasant and most important safe atmosphere allowing drivers to strech their cars and their own abilities to the limit. Also it is nice to see that more and more historic single seaters geting restored and raced. Formula V, Ford, Abarth, F2 and F3 make a up impressive grids for the enthusiasts to enjoy.

Before leaving Salzburg (and the rain…) a visit to the MANRO Motor Museum (www.manro-classic.at) was a must. Founded by Ing. Manfred Rotschne, who has been into classic cars for some decades, it is a pure visual pleasure. Not only supercars like Ferrari and Maserati but also offbeat items like a Kleinschnittger will be found. A good selection of racing cars (also F1) rubs shoulders with aircraft and engine models and a miniature Salzburgring Carrera track. On top of that comes the competence, knowledge and friendliness of the Rotschne family. This museum can only be highly recommended.

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