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A video on YouTube: The Alpine Mountain Award Rossfeld 1963 (in German)
From 1958, the race on the Rossfeldstrasse near Berchtesgaden turned into an international competition for touring and grand touring cars as well as for sports and junior formula cars. In 1961, the race was included in the European Hill Climb Championship. Well-known racing drivers like Sepp Greger, Edgar Barth, Gerhard Mitter, Hans Herrmann, Rolf Stommelen and Johannes Ortner have won the International Alpine Mountain Award Rossfeld.
On 8 June 1968, Ludovico Scarfiotti, two-time European Hill Climb Champion, lost his life behind the wheel of his Porsche 910 Bergspyder in a training run at the Rossfeld.
The race was organised jointly by the Automotive Club of Germany (AvD) and the Berchtesgaden Automobilclub (BAC).
Ambitious private drivers, local motor sport aficionados included, started in various classes side by side with renowned factory-backed drivers sponsored by the major automobile manufacturers. From Porsche to Goggo, almost everything with four wheels was raced up the mountain road.
The locally produced Hartmann Spyder and junior formula cars, powerful and reliable vehicles that definitely found their fans, were a special feature of the event.
The energy crisis of 1973 put an end to the hill climbs and with them to one of the greatest spectator magnets in Berchtesgaden.
25 years later, Günter and Heidi Hansmann revived the spirit of the Rossfeld races. From 1998 to 2010, they organised the Rossfeld Historic, an event that also brought back the hill climbs to the Rossfeld – this time as regularity races, of course.