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Miscellaneous

1976 VW Junior Cup 

This championship was a single make series for identical VW Scirocco's. Tuning of the cars was not allowed and all drivers had to be under the age of 30. Each competitor had only three sets of Pirelli P7 tyres for the entire season. Professional guest drivers, celebrities and journalists raced in specific rounds and started at the back of the grid. Keke competed as the professional guest driver for the Sylt round.

For more information on the VW Junior Cup series and a detailed report on this event, please visit the Scirocco Register and their Sylt page.

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1976 ADAC Sauerland Mountain Prize

The ADAC Sauerland Mountain Prize was the largest racing event in North Rhine-Westphalia and an important race in the Germany mountain race calendar. A total of 199 cars started on both days and Keke beat the old course record by over 6 seconds in the F2 car he used for the 1976 season. The term 'mountain race' appears to be a regional description for hillclimb events. 

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1980 International Race of Champions (IROC)

The International Race of Champions consisted of 3 qualifying stock car races with 8 drivers at each event. Races were held in 1979 and into 1980 for participants from NASCAR, Indy Car and road racing. The top four finishers in these qualifying races then earned the chance to race in the 2 final races. Keke took part in the road racing event due to his 4th place in the Can-Am championship in 1979.

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IROC VII - Road Racing Qualifying Race

1980 Speedweek in Ahvenisto

This was an invitational Camaro Cup trophy race as part of the Speeding Days event celebrating motorsport in Finland. The event had a total audience of 25,000 spectators. The points system used was as follows: 15-14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top 15 drivers. Only the two best scoring heats counted.

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Final Standings

* best 2 results counted for points

1980 Toyota Pro & Celebrity Race

The format for this event was a professional drivers versus celebrities race with the professional drivers setting off after the celebrities. The race was shortened from the original distance of 10 laps due to an accident involving former astronaut Pete Conrad. 

 

Please be aware that Keke's autobiography and other publications state Keke won this race but that is incorrect. Michael Andretti was the winner with Parnelli Jones completing the podium in 3rd place.

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* race shortened from 10 laps

1981 Super Star Camaro Cup  

This was an invitational trophy race as part of the Speedweek in Ahvenisto event celebrating motorsport in Finland. The event had a total audience of 22,000 spectators. The points system used was as follows: 15-14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the top 15 drivers. Only the two best scoring heats counted.

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Final Standings

* best 2 results counted for points

1981 Master Meeting 

This event was part of the 1981 Mantorp GP and was a one-make trophy race with identical Ford Escort's being used by all competitors. The event had a total audience of 8,000 spectators. 

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1983 Ahvenisto Autumn Competition

Events using Group 5 cars during this period were defined as Special Production Cars. These rules were based around homologated production vehicles with a liberal silhouette. The following groups and classes of vehicle were available for drivers to compete with at this race: Group 5 - 2000c and Group 5 - 850cc.

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1984 Nürburgring Eröffnungsrennen (Opening Race)

This was a 12-lap exhibition race organised by Mercedes-Benz and held at the Nürburgring to celebrate the opening of the recently reconfigured circuit. 

 

Half of the field of 20 drivers were former F1 World Champions. Niki Lauda (who helped organise the event) was able to persuade Alain Prost, Denny Hulme, Alan Jones, John Surtees, Phil Hill, James Hunt, Jack Brabham and Keke to all compete. The other 10 drivers were made up of current and retired F1 drivers including Stirling Moss, Carlos Reutemann and Ayrton Senna (only 4 GP entries into his F1 career), with current touring car and GT drivers completing the rest of the grid.

 

All twenty drivers all raced in brand new, identical Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 with half painted in smoke silver and the other half in blue-black metallic. Each car was a production model with only minor race modifications.

 

Senna would win the race 1.38 seconds ahead of Lauda, with Reutemann in third 3.69 seconds behind the winner. Watch the entire race (in German) on our YouTube page.

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The information / data used on this page was obtained from multiple sources.

Please visit our Info Sources section for further detail regarding what resources were used.

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