Originally published in the Winter 2014 quattro quarterly
2013 WAS JUST THE SECOND YEAR Audi Club participated in Legends of the Autobahn. In 2012, we made a big impression with the brand new RS5, TT RS and S6 displayed at the entrance to the corral. Audi Tradition and Audi of America brought the legendary Audi Sport quattro Pikes Peak S1 from Germany. Steve Zlotkin of EuroSpec Sports & Overland Parts displayed his 1988 Audi 200 Trans Am and 1992 Audi S4 GTO race cars. Byron Brill of Menlo Park proudly displayed his meticulously restored 1959 Auto Union. So, given our strong success in 2012, we were nervous whether we could replicate the strong showing of Audi Club for the second year in this prestigious international event.
Legends of the Autobahn is a relatively young event. It began in 2009 as a BMW only event. Nowadays, the event covers four German brands: Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche. German car manufacturers take this event seriously because this is the best place to connect with the most passionate car enthusiasts. Yearly, this event also coincides with the famous annual Monterey Motorsports weekend and Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance. Thousands of international car enthusiasts descend to Carmel, a normally quiet and quaint city by the sea.
We were happy to report that our second year was equally successful if not more. Audi of America secured the legendary Audi R8 LMP1 24 hour Le Mans Winner for 2013 event. Legends such as Allan McNish, Emanuele Pirro, Frank Biela, JJ Lehto, Marco Werner, Rinaldo Capello, Tom Kristensen, and a few other racing stars had driven this car to the finish line of the grueling 24 hour Le Mans and won in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005. This legend stole the show as visitors huddled over the car continuously throughout the day. Next to it, club member Dean Treadway’s white limited edition Audi Ur Sport added an aura of Audi Motorsports accomplishments.
To add to the festivity, Audi Driving Experience Center in Sonoma displayed their RS5, S6, and R8. Beyond these beautiful cars, many Audi Club members entered their cars in the Judged Car Competition. Among hundreds of classic BMWs, Porsches, and Mercedes, ACNA members showed their precious, some highly modified, A4s, R8s, S4s, RS4s, RS6, RS2, allroads, and Ur quattros. We proudly occupied three rows in the judged car section. Additionally, we doubled our overall attendance this year compared to 2012. That made us quite happy.
Karran O’Neal, Wendy Ferrari, Pam Treadway, Rich Baxter, and Robin Osborn were the Golden Gate volunteers who made sure all visitors felt welcome. Dean Treadway, Andrew Bennett, Andy Immel, Burke Ferrari, Paul Rivera were the event judges. They were not only judging Audi cars but also other brands. Pat O’Neal, President Golden Gate Chapter orchestrated the tasks masterfully. The team arrived early, set up tents, positioned display cars, greeted members and signed up new ones. Countless hours were spent planning and organizing to ensure a successful event. The planning paid off as visitors enjoyed the Audi brand and its glorious motorsports history. We not only spent time with Audi owners, but we also chatted with many other brand owners who came and checked out our cars. And that made the whole effort worthwhile.
Troy Sicottee, one of the judged car competition winners said, “Being on the Monterey Peninsula for car week was already something I wanted to do; it was a line on my bucket list. When Audi Club posed the opportunity to enter a car into the Legends of the Autobahn concourse event, I thought, what the heck... let’s give it a go. I was elated to find out that my heavily modified 2013 Audi allroad was accepted, and upon arrival at the event, was amazed at the friendliness of the Golden Gate Chapter hosts, and the other German car club contingent’s openness to share. To have Audi represented amongst so many stellar BMWs and Mercedes was fantastic. It was great to socialize Audi’s pedigree with all of the BMW, Porcshe, and MB fans. [I am] looking forward to next years event.”
Gregg Gumbinger, a member of Golden Gate and a National Board member, shared his excitement, “This is my first year attending the event. I am very surprised to see how many cars showed up, over 700. It is so much fun walking through the rows of cars, checking them out with everyone else. There are so many older classic versions of the four brands. This is definitely an event that anyone who loves Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche must attend.”
See you all in 2014 Legends of the Autobahn!