You likely know how American road-racing fans cherish the heyday of the Trans-Am series. In fact, you likely are part of that group.
Anyway, there are similar sentiments in Germany for the DTM, the famed Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (German Touring Car Championship), which was discontinued after 1996 but then was reborn a few years later under the same initials but with Masters instead of Championship as the M word.
As the DTM prepares for the delayed start to its 2020 season, now scheduled to being August 1-2 at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the series has produced lists of its 10-greatest drivers and 10-greatest cars.
Both lists are impressive.
“It’s funny,” the series says in its list of cars, “you measure the great racing cars by their results. But, too often, you judge them emotionally, too. Despite being a rolling frame of metal and carbon-fiber, the best racing cars are alive – they communicate something to us that’s hard to explain.
“That’s why our list of the DTM’s 10 greatest cars isn’t simply a recap of wins, poles and fastest laps, it’s a roadmap of how we lived, how we raced, and how we remember.”
And now, the list, though with no explanation from the DTM why the top-10 list includes only 9 vehicles:
9. 2013-present Audi RS 5 DTM
8. 2012-2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM
7. 2000-2003 Abt-Audi TT-R
6 1990-1992 Audi V8 quattro
5. 1991-1994 Ford Mustang
4. 1993-1996 Opel Calibra V6 4×4
3. 1993-1996 Alfa Romeo 155 V6
2. 1985-1989 Ford Sierra Turbo
- 1987-1993 BMW M3 (E30)
And for the top-10 drivers of such cars? Well, they add a true the international nature of a racing series dominated by German-produced vehicles:
10. Marco Wittmann (Germany)
9. Bruno Spengler (Canada)
8. Rene Rast (Germany)
7. Jamie Green (Great Britain)
6. Nicola Larini (Italy)
5. Kurt Thiim (Denmark)
4. Gary Paffett (Great Britain)
3. Mattias Ekstrom (Sweden)
2. Klaus Ludwig (Germany)
- Bern Schneider (Germany)