After a year away, the Essen Motor Show returned this week for its yearly gathering of the automotive industry. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the event was smaller and without the popular motorsports section, but that didn’t stop vendors from bringing enough race cars to awe at.


To highlight just a few of the historic masterpieces amongst the many, many, contemporary race cars, three stood out more than any other: the experimental 1940s 47 litre-engined Brutus, Juan Manuel Fangio’s Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR in Mille Miglia paint, and AMG-built Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3. We will have a trio of Retro GT articles on those cars over the next few days so stay tuned for those if you want to learn more about these classics.

From the modern era, ADAC GT Masters contenders were well-represented, including the championship-winning Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 of Christopher Mies and Ricardo Feller and runner-up SSR Performance Porsche 991.2 GT3R of Michael Ammermüller and Mathieu Jaminet.

A glimpse of the 2022 season could be caught at the Eibach stand where the Audi R8 LMS GT3 2022 Evo was showcased, while the Porsche 992 GT3 Cup for the revamped Porsche Endurance Trophy of the VLN Nürburgring Endurance Series was on display at the shared VLN and Nürburgring stand.

Photos by Miguel Bosch.


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