Volkswagen to Celebrate Home Rally with Classic Golfs

Germany will play host to the World Rally Championship this weekend, and Volkswagen is very happy about that. To celebrate their home rally, they’ve invited some previous champions and a bunch of classic Volkswagens.

A static exhibition featuring five historical VWs is the first attraction. The cars will be on the Panzerplatte and they are:  the 2011 Race Touareg, with which Volkswagen won the Rally Dakar for the third time in a row with the driving duo of Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D); the so-called “Rheila-Golf GTI” from 1981, with which Alfons Stock/Paul Schmuck (D/D) won the German Rally Championship; a “Salzburg Beetle”, as was seen in the Group 2 class between 1971 and 1973; the legendary Bi-Motor – Golf GTI, with which Jochi Kleint (D) went in pursuit of the record on Pikes Peak in 1987; and the “A59”, as it is known internally – a prototype based on the Golf, which was designed for the World Rally Championship in 1993 but never actually used.

Alfons Stock Paul Schmuck (D D) Rheila-Golf GTI (1981) Photo Wagner

In addition, there will be about 20 privately owned vintage rally Golfs around, too. Fans can also treat themselves to a ride in the rally taxi with Markku Alen, who is Finnish.

Finally, Dieter Depping, three time winner of the German rally, will lead the pack in a 1986 Golf II GTI. This was Volkswagen’s first world championship, having the Group A world championship that year.

All the excitement will take place this weekend, at the Rally Deutschland.