Herkules Hill Climb 2023
From 28.04. to 30.04. 2023 J & K Automobiles Kulturgut presented the birthday celebration of the 100th anniversary of the “Herkulesrennen” (Herkules-Racing) in the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe. The 2,8 miles long circuit was one of the most beautiful and famous race tracks in Germany in the 1920s. Between 1923 and 1927, famous racing drivers such as Rudolf Caracciola, Karl Kappler, Adolf Rosenberger and Carl Jörns took to the track with their racing cars and motorcycles. At that time, the track led up to the Herkules.
For the birthday celebrations in April 2023, the track had to be routed around the park, cause it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even there, the curves are steep and narrow enough to put the old engines to the test. Among the vintage cars that started were some favorites from the 1920s, including a BMW Wartburg DA3, a Bugatti Type 35 and the 1926 Simson Supra winner. The vast majority were able to complete the Herculean task with flying colors. For the others, Mars Orbiter was there with a tow truck.
In addition, we had the honor of starting and accompanying the mountain race with a Tesla Roadster – the world’s first all-electric sports car – as the safety car.