- The track
- The cars
- The race
- The aftershock
1. The track
We all know that the pandemic situation has hit the motoring world, all across the planet. Canceled events, canceled meets, suspended projects, and many other situations that seemed very unlikely for an industry that’s based on movement. However, slowly, things are starting to pick up the pace and cars are back on the road, racetracks are noisy again, and dusted off automobiles are alive once more.
Hidden deep in the heart of the countryside, reachable only through a gravel road, the Romania Motor Park (which will be thoroughly showcased in another coverage) was host to a unique and outstanding event, Romanian Retro Racing - 3rd Stage, which brings together some of the fastest and most well preserved old school cars from this side of Eastern Europe.
2. The cars
Without a doubt, these are the stars of every car show, event, or race, no matter the category it’s in. Everyone joins together and the community comes alive because of the 4-wheeled wonders, so carefully looked after and showcased with passion and pride.
The German icons were my personal favorite sights, including this amazingly detailed and cared for BMW 2002, featuring Alpina detailing, a superstar on and off the racetrack.
Treated to all sorts of Bavarian and Stuttgart-based automobiles, the range of Porsches, Mercs, and Bimmers was huge, providing enough material for a stand-alone coverage, which we will probably do in the future. Until then, feast your eyes on these one-of-a-kinds, ranging from Carreras to Alpinas, from 944s to SLs, and, of course, what would a car meet be, without the cute little GTI rockets.
The next stop was the Japanese corner, showcasing a hypnotic yellow Toyota and, one of the show headliners, a Datsun Fairlady 240Z, in perfect condition, as it deserves. This orange rocket has a wonderful story behind it, on how it reached our country, and we’ll make sure to invite its owner for a full disclosure interview.
The proud Romanian owners were a bunch-a-dozen, presenting us with either maniacally reconstructed classic models or insane tuned Dacias. Who would have thought that this communist-era brand could provide such lovely sights and this much performance? Their participation in these events is always a must-have, in order to preserve the national identity and racing pedigree and to give an example to anyone, that every car deserves attention and care.
Other stars of the show featured rare and special models, like some tasteful Alfas, a Morgan, a mint-condition Morris Garage, and many other cool cars, which really stood out in the crowd.
3. The race
After the photo sessions were over, all of the journalists and photographers made way for the main event and the actual reason why everyone was there. Entering the racetrack, eager to show that they still got it, car by car made their way on the tarmac and began a roaring, joyful race, to let us know that no matter the age if there is passion, nothing else matters.
Although the race was closed for the larger audience, an online stream helped no less than 45.000 people join in the fun and support their favorites. For the detailed information regarding the winners and the overall standings, you can check out the official website
4. The aftershock
It was a lovely weekend at the track, spent with a wonderful community, among cars, where the magic happens. Plenty of these events will be rolling out in the next few months and we’ll make sure to come again when they do.
Apart from showing us that passion for racing knows no limit, whether it’s age, gender, or horsepower, these owners and their well-preserved motoring masterpieces deliver a message far stronger than any other: the fact that car culture will never die and that the pandemic situation has not diminished the love for racing, but instead enhanced it.
Photos: Ana Dumitrescu / Instagram
Words: Mihai Dumitrescu / Instagram