Successful 'Kick off' during Motul TT Assen
On the first practice day for the Motul TT Assen, members of the media gathered inside the 'TT Holland House' to learn more about the inaugural Classic GP Assen. 2-times Le Mans winner Gijs van Lennep, Daytona winner Frank Jelinski, a 1932 Eysink 500cc and a 1929 Bugatti Type 37 were the guests of honour.
Dutch TV-host and motorsport enthusiast Rob Kamphues interviewed his childhood hero Mr. Gijs van Lennep, who won the Le Mans 24H back in 1971 and 1976. The Dutchman raced some fearsome Le Mans cars, including cars with a highly flammable magnesium chassis, reaching speeds of over 390 km/h. Van Lennep, who also drove in Formula One, even elaborated on his early days racing a Formula VEE, a class which is also part of the Classic GP Assen line-up.
Former Porsche factory driver, Le Mans podium finisher and Daytona 24H winner Frank Jelinski from Germany took to the stage to discuss the KW Group C Supercup which will race at Assen for the first time. Jelinski, who travelled to Assen with fellow Group C Supercup organizer William Hood recalled the days of the Silk Cut Jaguars and Silver Saubers reaching well over 400 km/h on the Mulsanne straight. The KW Group C Supercup will host some of the best cars from this famous era.
Classic GP's Bike Legends' curator Mr. Ferry Brouwer brought a motorcycle which was raced by Holland's first successful motorcycle racer, the late Bertus van Hamersveld. Brouwer personally revived the 1932 Eysink 500cc single-cylinder race bike in order for it to be raced at Assen during the Classic GP. As representative of the Yamaha Racing Heritage Team, which will bring an impressive collection of Yamaha racing motorcycles to the Classic GP Assen, Brouwer also presented Dieter Braun's 1973 championship winning Yamaha 250.
The 1929 Bugatti Type 37 represented the Dutch Vintage Sports Car Club which will line up at Assen with over 40 pre-war sportscars. And to end the kick off in style the guests were treated to some rare footage from the inaugural 1925 Dutch TT, which lead to circuit manager Peter Oosterbaan expressing his pride to be managing such a historic venue.