Vintage car events

Vintage car events

Bad Homburg has developed a passion for motor sports and, particularly, vintage cars, which began more than 100 years ago. Back then, in June 1904, the first international car race took place on German soil – the Gordon Bennett Race. Emperor Wilhelm II had personally encouraged the choice of Bad Homburg as the venue. During his rule, two further major competitions were held – the Kaiserpreisrennen in 1907 and Prinz-Heinrich-Fahrt in 1910.

This tradition was continued with the "Bad Homburger Autotage" following World War I, the 24-hour race in 1924, the Feldberg races in the 1930s, the Rally Bad Homburg between 1955 and 1969, and – the ultimate highlight – the Rally Monte Carlo, for which Bad Homburg was the German starting point for 20 years, and the Histo Monte.

The love of historic fast cars and spluttering engines was evidenced by many other memorial and anniversary tours, classic car rallies – such as the FIVA World Rally in 2000 – and by the numerous meets of historic car clubs. Events that currently take place regularly include the Rally Monte Carlo Historique, the Rally Bad Homburg Historic each year on the first Sunday in July, and the Schlösser- und Burgenfahrt, the castle and fortress tour that is organized every two years by Kur- und Kongress-GmbH.

Next highlight: 6th Bad Homburger Schlösser- und Burgenfahrt on September 11, 2011