The South America victor with V8 heart in the Eifel.

ADAC Eifel Rally Festival from 23 to 25 July 2015.

Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC rally car.

The Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC rally car and star of the 1978 “Vuelta a la América del Sud” long-distance rally puts in a gala appearance at the fifth ADAC Eifel Rally Festival from 23 to 25 July 2015. The event takes place in and around the City of Daun: one of the original coupés with which the brand from Stuttgart scored a glorious one-two victory at the time, will be driven at the Rally Festival by Andrew Cowan (the 1978 winner) and Klaus Kaiser as well as by the team Hannu Mikkola/Arne Hertz.

ADAC Eifel Rally Festival.

Powerful greetings from the heat of South America: No less than four former Mercedes-Benz racing drivers will pilot the Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC rally car through the Volcanic Eifel at this year’s ADAC Eifel Rally Festival from 23 to 25 July 2015. The V8 Coupé is one of the vehicles with which Mercedes-Benz took part in the 1978 “Vuelta a la América del Sud” long-distance rally and scored a one-two victory plus a fourth place finish.

The winner of 1978, Andrew Cowan (he shared the cockpit with Colin Malkin at the time), will start with Klaus Kaiser (then co-driver of Tony Fowkes in a Mercedes-Benz 280 E) as his team mate. The second team from Mercedes-Benz Classic is formed by Hannu Mikkola and Arne Hertz, who won the 1979 Bandama Rally in Africa with the successor model 450 SLC 5.0 and ultimately won the world rally crown in 1983.

Largest travelling rally museum.

The 450 SLC rally car will take to the track in the Eifel together with numerous other classic cars. All in all, some 150 original or authentically reconstructed rally vehicles from five decades will come to the starting line at the 2015 ADAC Eifel Rally Festival. The event thus offers a unique overview of the various eras of rally sports and once again lives up to its reputation as the largest travelling rally museum this year. The highlights will be the special stages on gravel and asphalt as well as the action on the rally mile in Daun’s Leopoldstrasse, which will be the prime focal point for vehicles, teams and fans during the entire festival.

The sporty festival schedule.

The festival kicks off on 23 July 2015, with the so-called “shakedown” in Brueck. A open-air rally cinema is scheduled for that evening. 24 July 2015 begins with the vehicle inspection on the rally mile, followed by an autograph session with a host of legendary racing drivers. The action on the track starts on 24 July2015 shortly after 2.00 p.m. with the “Bosch Super Stage”, which includes gravel roads complete with water crossing, drift corner and a jump. The new “Festival Parade” will be held for the first time that evening. It presents the vehicles that are too valuable or delicate to compete in the sporty festival schedule. 25 July 2015 will be all about the asphalt stages on the route in the Volcanic Eifel. The ADAC Rally Festival ends that evening with a party in Daun.

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