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#1 TJJohansen

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Posted 17 November 2020 - 14:09

Back as a kid I always wanted the Tamiya kit of Klaus Niedzwiedz black & blue #53 D&W Capri. This unfortunately never happened. In the last few years I have been "driving" this car in the rFactor computer game. For some time i have planned to make a thread here asking about the original car, but haven't gotten around to it until now. As far as I know Niedzwiedz raced it in the 1980 DRM. Does any TNF'er know of any other venues it participated? I have noted that a Gr. 5 Capri have done the rounds in historic racing in the latter years, which leads me to wonder if the #53 Capri is still around? Is it in a museum, or is it a car we might come upon at a historic race once Covid-19 has been dealt with?

 

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T J

 


Edited by TJJohansen, 17 November 2020 - 14:13.


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#2 Myhinpaa

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Posted 17 November 2020 - 15:13

Some info on that car (ZAK-G5C-001/79 ?) here : https://www.racingsp...C-001__79#.html

 

There might be some more clues in this thread from a German forum : http://www.depaddock...ead.php?t=22296

 

At least it survived its current racing career as a "works" car, the last race was the ADAC-Bilstein Super Sprint Nurburgring 26.09.82 (2nd. O/A)

There's bound to be some Zakspeed anoraks around who would be able to reveal some more information. (?)



#3 Arjan de Roos

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Posted 17 November 2020 - 16:53

As the other 4 are quite forward:

 

001/78 Destroyed in 1980;

002/79 Stenger (01/83) -> Artcurial (2018) -> Schmersal and racing historics;

001/80 (002/80) at Mücke Classic;

001/81 at Zakspeed.



#4 Myhinpaa

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Posted 17 November 2020 - 17:35

001/78 Destroyed in 1980;

 

Hans Soldeck spun off during testing at Nordkehre, Nurburgring : http://www.the-fastl...hp?editid1=1092



#5 Dick Dastardly

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Posted 17 November 2020 - 18:06

Klaus Ludwig drove one at Donington in 1980, winning easily from Guy Edwards. But his car was not in this colour scheme. Niedzwiedz finished 4th, presumably in the above car. 


Edited by Dick Dastardly, 17 November 2020 - 21:05.


#6 Myhinpaa

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Posted 17 November 2020 - 18:29

Klaus Ludwig drove one at Donington in 1980, winning esily from guy Edwards. But his car was not in this colour scheme. Niedzwiedz finished 4th, presumably in the above car. 

 

Klaus Ludwig was in 002/80https://www.racingsp...5C-002__80.html (1745cc Div.1)

 

                                                https://www.racingsportscars.com/race/Donington-1980-07-06.html

 

I'm not able to find any photos from that event, but Niedzwiedz was most likely in his usual car (1427cc Div.2) when he came 4th, 1:13.770 behind Ludwig.

Hans Soldeck was his teammate at D&W Zakspeed Team with "001/78 (1400cc(?) Div.2) and came 10th, 3 laps behind.


Edited by Myhinpaa, 17 November 2020 - 22:28.


#7 SamoanAttorney

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Posted 18 November 2020 - 08:25

I posted a poor quality shot from Donington, taken from the general enclosures, on my website a while back.

 

http://www.doubledeclutch.com/?p=5632

 

jb


Edited by SamoanAttorney, 18 November 2020 - 08:25.


#8 Duc-Man

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Posted 18 November 2020 - 08:45

As the other 4 are quite forward:

 

001/78 Destroyed in 1980;

002/79 Stenger (01/83) -> Artcurial (2018) -> Schmersal and racing historics;

001/80 (002/80) at Mücke Classic;

001/81 at Zakspeed.

 

02/79 is now with Rüddel Racing rebuild back to Gr.5 specs.
01/81 was sold to New Zealand some time back.



#9 Myhinpaa

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 17:55

Here's an article about the Zakspeed Gp.5 Capris, nothing about Niedzwiedz' in particular though : https://historicmoto...ed-capri-turbo/

 

PS. Ric Wood Motorsport have at least built one replica : https://ricwood.com/...rd-capri-build/


Edited by Myhinpaa, 19 November 2020 - 21:56.


#10 funformula

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 18:28

01/81 was sold to New Zealand some time back.

 

 One is still in the Zakspeed museum at least until last September.(or is it probably a replica or recreation?)

Watch from 4:40

 



#11 Henk Vasmel

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 18:47

There might be some more clues in this thread from a German forum : http://www.depaddock...ead.php?t=22296

Actually the forum seems to be Belgian and is in the Dutch language. Perfect for me.

It gives enough information to identify almost all Capri Turbo cars used, so definitely worthwhile.

The forum doesn't seem to be too active these days though.



#12 Michael Ferner

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 20:02

Yeah, but they mixed them up a bit. This one here must be the original Ertl-Capri, which won its first race in Zolder; the other Ertl win in '79 came with his new car which he got after the first two or three races. Toine Hezemans drove Ertl's "spare" at the Eifelrennen, then Dieter Quester at Salzburg, Walter Nussbaumer, Jochen Dauer, Klaus Niedzwiedz,Sigi Müller junior and Hans Soldeck until the end of the year - eight drivers in total, if I got that right.