From September 15-17, long-distance enthusiasts can look forward to Olaf Beckmann’s Foxtail Manta. The fast Opel takes part in the 1000 km ADAC race.
Experienced Opel tuner Kissling Motorsport converted the rally and endurance car on behalf of Olaf Beckmann in the early 1990s. As part of the 24-hour race or while appearing in the Nürburgring endurance series, the fox manta has achieved cult status among fans.
The Manta has now covered more than 100,000 kilometers on the Nürburgring.
But the team with old racing hands: Hans-Olaf Beckmann, Peter Haas, Volker Strysek and Jürgen Scholten have already successfully competed in many races together and is a team of particular experience, not only because of the average age of over 60 years.
Giving up is not an option
Recent years have seen some setbacks, such as a technical problem in the Long Distance Classic or a fire in the hall. The latter completely prevented the start in 2022. However, the team always comes back.
“I laid every meter of cable myself and made every wiring harness myself. You have to look at how many cables I need to run back to the taillights, how many cables I need to run to the front of the engine compartment, how many cables I need here and there . Everything had to be redesigned electrically,” said Beckmann in the run-up to the 24-hour race.
Fans will certainly be happy to see the cute manta with the fox tail at the start once again in the ADAC 1000 km race. He has developed a very special connection with Nürburgring and motorsport fans.
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