January 6, 2010

When Men were Men and Sheep were Scared

What do you think it is that makes classic DTM so irresistible? After all, it's always pretty much the same footage, someone out there cuts it together in a new way and yet we cannot help but be mesmerized.

Is it the cars? The wild abandon with which they were driven? Or is it just good editing? Whatever the reason, we never tire looking at more and AFTER THE JUMP don't miss yet another great clip, complete with appropriate Deutsche Rock soundtrack, Axis Justin found for us.

Help us figure out what makes Classic DTM so impossible to ignore.

(clip by DTMenthusiast)


  1. we can see some of these cars in drift series (BMWs, Sierras) I love them

  2. It's because the cars were pretty close to street with their look, and the team orders were simply "try not to kill each other".

  3. I think a large part is the tracks as well. It's the last memory a lot of people have of cars that were a handful anyway in mid-air and being gathered up - before most of the tracks still in use were turned into chicaned billiard tables. I mean if those great cars were taken out of museums, etc and run around the new hockenheim (horror) or the (now) f1 course at the ring, and with modern drivers - do you think you'd get that spectacle?

    As I said, I think it's the last link - the last time a lot of people saw with their own eyes drivers engaged in unapologetically dangerous and "heroic" (if you will) driving. Before much of the sport became a bunch of hand-wringing girl's blouses. (Sweeping generalizations for the win...)

  4. ...because european Motorsport never got as good again after that. The cars were real cars, not just silhouettes. Parts must have been kind of cheap, because they were destroying them on a regular basis (and with nobody nagging about it). Regulations provided for machines that were fun to drive and close in performance. ...
    By the way, even most Germans won't be able to understand the strong "Kölsch" accent (from Cologne) Herr Niedeken from BAP is singing in, apart from the refrain (it's been a long time), which fits the occasion nicely.

  5. It is and will always be amazing to watch. I believe what we need is the 3's

    3000 lbs (or under)
    300 hp
    and under $30k

    If we could have that I believe that a new era could begin.


  6. It's for the same reasons it's hard to ignore classic Australian V8 supercars: the cars are still quite close to the production cars and you can relate to them a lot more than to a silhouette racer that you can tell has only been made to look like the road car for 'marketing purposes' (i.e. sponsorship money).

    And because of that as well they are not so powerful and the drivers can really be very aggressive with them, which makes for a good show.

  7. Yeah, but with Aussie super cars, I still long for the halcyon days when we had the JPS E30 M3 and the sierra, the Audi and Pug 406 etc (Australian Touring Car championship), before it was relegated to just australian taxis (V8 Supercar championship). Alas like DTM these days.
    I honestly can't tell them apart on track without looking closely at the badge at the front of the car. At least with DTM you can tell the Audi apart from the Mercedes.
    I've been enjoying the BTCC a lot this year since it has local free to air (albeit delayed) coverage. A wide variety of cars, FWD + RWD (!) and best of all the stewards go and have a cuppa rather than worry about whether someone might have used another driver's car as a moving barrier to get through the inside of a corner.
    Sorry Aussie V8 fans, I shouldn't disparage any form of motor sport

  8. Because you had guys like Keke Rosberg, Hans Stuck, and Bernd Schnider racing them flat out. Two makes simple racing. Just like how Aussie V8 is now, plus less commercialism, the cars sold themselves.

  9. was that a mustang at 4:23?


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