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A German Classic TT – The Frohburg Classic Grand Prix

Reminiscent of the worldwide popular Classic TT, the Frohburg Classic Grand Prix same as it’s Isle of Man equivalent provides a mix of a carnival atmosphere, iconic yesteryear machines, huge crowds and most of all great racing.

The 2017 event run nigh on a few weeks ago, saw a whole host of Germany’s premier classic racing specialists embark upon the famous roads of Frohburger Dreieck.

Race winners included Gerd Thomsen who proved the foremost force of the 350cc and 750cc classes, whilst Boxer and 500 class honours were clinched by Hansjorg Vollmer and Hans Muhlbauer.

A brace of compelling two stroke encounters saw Jimmy Lafineur and Claus Schram share the overall race spoils as Chris Meyer, Frank Kunzmann, Gerhard Singer, Ewald Nestler, Stefan Tennstadt and Rajko Wagner between them scooped 125 S1, 125 S2, 250 S1 and 250 S2 successes.

Looking back on the Classic Open races, which saw the class represented by just two riders, it was former Manx GP competitor Kenny Hinck who held off tenacious challenges from Patrick Gleim to secure back to back victories aboard his Z1000 Kawasaki mount.

Remaining class winners were Karsten Guhra in the BMW Boxer 800cc category and Rene Pufahl/Helmut Schone who shared the Vintage spoils.

Photo courtesy of Manfred John

An additional enterprising feature of this years Frohburger Classic Grand Prix was the high profile entry of veteran former 250 Grand Prix racer, Harald Merkl.

Although he didn’t primarily feature at the sharp end of the two stroke races on his 250 steed, his appearance at Frohburg added further kudos to the growing in stature Classic Grand Prix meeting.

Words by Stevie Rial