Airfield Race Neuhausen ob Eck

MixedMedia / Acrylic on Canvas
on 1.8” / 45 mm Wooden Museum Frame
63” x 43” / 160 x 110 cm

Three important races were held on the German Army Aviation Corps airfield in Neuhausen ob Eck in the years between 1969 and 1971. The course measured a length of 2.975 km, and average speeds of up to 151.6 km/h were achieved. Races were also run to gain points for the Deutsche Automobil Rundstrecken Meisterschaft, the predecessor of the legendary German Racing Championship, the DRM (Deutsche Automobil-Rennsportmeisterschaft).


The later Formula One star Jochen Mass won in 1971 for the Ford works teams in his Ford Capri RS 2600. He also won the Deutsche Automobil Rundstrecken Meisterschaft in the same year, before being elevated less than two years later in 1973 to the Grand Prix circus.


Parallel to the motorsport competitions, it was usual at the end of the 1960’s and early 1970’s to hold motorcycle racing events on the same day. A tragic accident occurred on 31 May 1971 in which a Chevrolet Camaro was involved. Three soldiers who were acting as track marshals were killed as a result. This marked the end of the airfield races in Neuhausen ob Eck.