Prior to the 2014 Oldtimer GP, Christophe Schwartz last took his Plymouth Hemicuda to the Nordschleife in 2012 so, prior to this year’s four-hour Historic Marathon, he and co-driver Bernhard Voslamber made sure they got some practice in prior to the race to refamiliarise themselves with the long circuit. It was during a touristenfahrten practice lap that the Hemicuda was slightly remodelled; a coming-together with a Renaultsport Clio caused a little damage to the door.
The team fixed the bodywork as well as possible ready for Friday’s race, and the Plymouth was out on track and up with the front-runners. Of 64 entrants, it was the Porsche 911s and Corvettes that surrounded the Plymouth for much of the race. Other formidable opponents included the 911 RSR of Daniel Schrey, Kenny Brack in a 289 Cobra and an E-type pedalled fast by Frank Stippler.
When the rain came, several big shunts saw the race stopped for 45 minutes while everything was cleaned up. It then took another 30 minutes to get the cars back in order for the final three laps of the race. What turned out to be a race of just under three hours saw the Plymouth a lap off the podium but in sixth place overall. Not bad at all for a team that had been away from the Nordschleife for so long…
Photography: Jochen Van Cauwenberge at Frozenspeed