Scheid Motorsport is no more. The team today announced the retirement of team owner, manager, mechanic, engineer, etc. Johannes Scheid after 51 years in motorsport. The ‘Eifelblitz’ BMW M240i Racing Cup will continue to see action in new ownership of Schnitzelalm.de Racing.
“Dear friends,” the Scheid family wrote on the team’s Facebook page. “An era has come to an end. After 50 years of motorsports, we have decided to go into a well-deserved retirement.
“Our Eifelblitz isn’t as lucky, however, and will continue to do its laps with a new design and under the name of the Schnitzelalm team. We wish the team good luck and success.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported and helped us over the years in any way, it was always a lot of fun.
“Johannes will continue to be available with advice and help.”
A local from the nearby town of Kottenborn, Johannes Scheid took his first ‘Touristen laps’ of the Nordschleife as a teenager before entering competition in the late 60s with his own car. Throughout the decades, Scheid never stopped working on his own cars in his garage in Kottenborn even up to his latest BMW M240i Racing Cup.
1980 and 1981 saw Scheid win the VLN championship, but his team’s biggest successes came in the 1990s with his self-built BMW M3 when he took the VLN title in 1994, 1995 and 1998 while also winning 1996 and 1997 Nürburgring 24-hour races.
When his own racing career came to an end in 2008, the Eifeler continued to run his team, focusing on young talent in recent years. Fights for overall victories were gone but class wins and titles remained par de course.
While the people of Kottenborn can now finally sleep at night without the sound of revving engines echoing through the town, the 70-year-old won’t turn his back on the VLN Nürburgring Endurance Series entirely and will continue to support the championship with advice.