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Thüringen Rallye 2014 review
Although we did not have as many cars as we had expected on the Thüringen Rallye, the event on the fast tarmac roads in central Germany was a big success for Slowly Sideways. The weather was beautiful and the show which we made as a support event for the sixth round of the German Rally Champion was just brilliant. Among our 17 cars were two newcomers: the Lancia Delta Integrale of Sven Rath/Michael Weiss and the Trabant 601 R of Andreas Raab/Mario Franz. And there was one car in a new livery. Andreas Hoppe has re-painted his Opel Ascona B from a copy of Jochi Kleint’s European championship-winning car to the French version driven by Jean-Louis Clarr and entered by Simon Racing at the time. Andreas’s reason for the new design was simple: “There are too many Kleint cars around.”

The Thüringen Rallye also showed how good old and new can work together by the example of the Schlömer family. While Slowly Sideways regular Peter was there in his ever sideways Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, his son Björn drove a newly-built Peugeot 208 R2 and finished 21st overall in the “normal” rally. During the event, Peter was even “upgraded” to a 0-car driver after two regular 0-cars had retired due to an accident and an engine failure respectively. Apart from that, there was even one of the Slowly Sideways cars entered in the normal rally: Claus Aulenbacher drove his 38 year old Lancia Stratos to 18th place overall.
 
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Neil Kirkham/Gareth Kirkham, Ford Escort TC, Roger Clark, Akropolis Rallye 1969
 
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John Saunders/Tony Hart, Großbritannien, Lancia Rally 037, Targa Florio 1983
 
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