Seventy years ago today, the Auto Union GmbH was founded in Ingolstadt. Eventually, that became the Audi brand we know today. To celebrate that, Audi Tradition will be launching a classic car tour, showing off some of the incredible cars in the history of the Audi brand.
Some of the events on the calendar are the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Classic Days at Castle Dyck and the Donau Classic. The latter of which will feature the DKW Schnellaster, the first automobile to be produced in Ingolstadt.
What’s remarkable about this Audi Tradition classic car tour is the history of the brand that fans get to learn about. After the Second World War, the Auto Union seemed dead. After the war, the Soviets controlled the parts of Germany where the Auto Union was based and the company seemed dead. However, manufacturing proceeded in a US occupation zone, in the Upper-Bavarian Ingolstadt in 1949, which is when the Auto Union was reborn. Seventy years after that, we have the Audi brand we know and love today. The first products of 1949 were the DKW Schnellaster and the DKW RT 125 W motorcycle, with “W” standing for West. Both of which will be on display.
Another superb car that will be shown during the classic car tour will be the Audi 90 IMSA GTO, one of the brand’s best race cars its ever made. Along with the Audi 90 IMSA GTO, its predecessor, the Audi 200 Quattro Trans Am will also debut during the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The other events on the Calendar will be the Heidelberg Historic (July 11 – 13), the Sachsen Classic (August 22 – 24), the Bodensee Klassik (May 2 – 4), the Sauerland Klassik (October 2 – 5), Zoute Grand Prix in Belgian Knokke (October 10 – 13) and the Kampenwand Historic motorcycle event in Aschau (July 13 – 14). If you’re near any of these events on the calendar, it’s worth checking out to see some of the most incredible cars in the Audi’s history.