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AUDI MARKS BRAND CENTENARY AT THE DONAU CLASSIC 2009June 11, 2009
Ingolstadt … Audi Tradition is marking the centenary of the Audi brand by participating in the Donau Classic with a dozen classic cars and inviting various VIP guests. Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer and Audi Board of Management Chairman Rupert Stadler will also be competing. They will be joined by Olympic biathlon winner Sven...more below
Audi Marks Brand Centenary at the Donau Classic 2009
Audi Tradition will be receiving high-ranking backing, with Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer driving the "Altmühl Valley Hop Garden Run" on the Friday in the Horch 830 BL. On the Saturday, Audi Board of Management Chairman Rupert Stadler will then be taking the same car on the "Donaumoos-Hallertau Run". Twice German Rally Champion Harald Demuth will be in action on all three days of the event in the Audi 80 Rallye. On the Friday, four-time Olympic biathlon winner and seven-time biathlon world champion Sven Fischer will be getting behind the wheel of the Audi 200 that featured in the James Bond film. On the Friday and Saturday, the field of around 200 participants from Germany and abroad will be starting and finishing on the Piazza in front of the Audi Forum Ingolstadt. A total distance of around 470 kilometres will be covered over the rally event's three days. The routes pass through charming countryside around Ingolstadt and in the Altmühl Valley Nature Park. The "Urdonau Valley Prologue" on Thursday, June 18 explores part of the original course of the Danube, past precipitous cliffs and ruins steeped in legend, via the Renaissance jewel Neuburg an der Donau, to the Piazza at the Audi Forum Ingolstadt. That will then be the start and finish for the next two days' runs. The "Altmühl Valley Hop Garden Run" on Friday, June 19 will take the drivers and their classic vehicles through the idyllic Schambach Valley, past former Roman settlements and prehistoric remains, such as the Schamhaupten fossil location. The final circuit, the "Donaumoos-Hallertau" stretch on Saturday, June 20, passes via Pfaffenhofen through the hop gardens to Hohenkammer Castle, taking in the asparagus-growing region of Schrobenhausen on the way back to Ingolstadt.
In 2009, the Audi brand established by August Horch on July 16, 1909 celebrates its centenary. The four rings of the Audi badge symbolise the brands Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer, which were combined to form Auto Union in 1932. Auto Union and NSU, which merged in 1969, both made many significant contributions towards the development of the car. AUDI AG was formed from Audi NSU Auto Union AG in 1985. Together with the two traditional companies Auto Union GmbH and NSU GmbH, Audi Tradition has nurtured the extensive, diverse history of Audi for many years and presented it to the public. The Audi museum mobile at the Audi Forum Ingolstadt is open daily from Monday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The August Horch Museum in Zwickau is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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