Saab 99 Team Wagenheimer at the HBK

The Hamburg-Berlin Klassik (HBK) also took place this year with Saab participation. The rally went over 3 days. The Saab 99 by Robert and Gerd Wagenheimer is already an old acquaintance on the blog. In the winter he was on the AvD Histo Monte, and we were allowed to report about it.
HBK 2017. Image: Gerd & Robert Wagenheimer

The route of the 10. HBK of the Auto-Bild Klassik had its start and end point this year in Hamburg. The distance:
  • Day 1: From Hamburg to Bispingen, to the "Snow Dome", in the afternoon to the Autostadt in Wolfsburg
  • Day 2: From Wolfsburg to Vielank (Vielanker Brauhaus), then to Lübeck.
  • Day 3: Lübeck direction Gut Sierhagen for lunch, then to Hamburg.
  • Start and finish were at the fish action hall Hamburg.
180 Classic and Youngtimer, more than 25 different brands from year 1929, went from 24. to 26.08.2017 at the start. Automobile diversity was in demand and a Saab fits in well. Except for "our" 99 this time was still a red 900 convertible here. BMW works teams with Kati Witt and Leopold (Poldi) of Bavaria, a Mazda Cosmo with Cyndie Allemann and Det Müller, the Sonax and the Autostadt team complemented the starting field.
The HBK is fundamentally different and not as sporty as the Histo Monte. There is driven on average speed, in the HBK must be handled per day about 10 distances between 10m and 1,5km in a given time. Measured by photocell or tube. The HBK is a sporty pleasure trip! But here, too, professionals go with it, it is measured on the 100stel sec and with 0,10sec you can quickly find yourself on 20 ....
Stamp checks were always in busy places like Celle, Grömitz, in Lübeck. Always with presentation of the 180 vehicles and in front of a lot of audience. Because of the 99 with the eye-catching sticker Gerd and Robert were often addressed in Swedish. Embarrassing, Robert writes, because he does not understand ...
Some special stages were very special, eg a combined time trial on the kart track of Ralf Schumacher in Bispingen. If you wanted, you were allowed to do a little lap in the Snow Dome on snow first. Robert and Gerd did not ask for long. Snow and saab. It's logical…
Conspicuously many waving, friendly and celebrating people greeted the rally on the roadside in the "new federal states". Often our team could hear through the open window "oh, a Saab".
Yes, and how did it work for the 99 and Team Wagenheimer?
The Saab ran 2.500km perfectly. The oil consumption: zero. The team, the human component, delivered a staggering performance. In the end it was enough for place 81 of in the end 175 cars.
Robert and Gerd made, as they say, two "hammers". They cost the same 30 seats, the dream of a good rating was gone.
In sum, it was a beautiful pleasure trip in the best weather and beautiful roads. Perfectly selected by the sporty director Peter Göbel and his team, and objectively organized by Auto-Bild Klassik. Both the lunch breaks in interesting places with "P" for 180 cars, as well as the evening events.
Addendum: Who wants to be there in the future: A beautiful Saab and 2 stopwatches are enough to compete and have a chance of a commitment.
Addendum 2: After Robert and Gerd delivered their report to the blog, the next email came. How do we make the 99 even more rally-ready? The ideas are bubbling, things are evolving. We will hear again from Team Wagenheimer.

3 thoughts too "Saab 99 Team Wagenheimer at the HBK"

  • Great action, I would like to do that too

  • Great event, good report!
    And to the statement: Embarrassing, Robert writes about it, because he does not understand ... can still come ...
    Then probably the last increase is: dreaming Swedish.
    Thank you.

    • Thank you, good suggestion, when I get bored ......

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