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GLASS BACH RACE

A success-story

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The beginnings 1974-1991

On September 7th and 8th, 1974, the drivers of production vehicles, improved touring cars, sports cars and motorcycles met for the first time in the tranquil town of Bad Liebenstein for the implementation of the 1st Glasbach race on the mountain race track in neighboring Steinbach. More than 6,000 visitors experienced the races for the GDR championship, which were designed for best times. From this point on, mountain races took place almost every year and were awarded higher predicates year after year. Due to the internationality of the Glasbach races and the demanding route, more and more drivers from Eastern Europe came along.  With the turn of the century, the image of the Glasbach race also changed. The organizers of this traditional MC Moorgrund event at that time teamed up with the NMC Baunatal for the first time in 1991 and carried out the 15th ADAC Glasbach race under race director Reinhard Daum in the now united Germany

The untimely end

Some Group H drivers might still remember a tree-lined hill climb or the dissolving asphalt during the races. Ultimately, it was Dieter Knüttel, Rainer Fink, Dieter Rottenberger and Rüdiger Julius Bernhardt who shone in the overall result despite the circumstances. The prerequisite for a new event in the following year was linked to the requirement for a new asphalt surface and corresponding safety equipment. Thus the Glasbach race was initially dead, because none of those responsible at the time could afford this financial and sporting  set challenges.

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The New Beginnings 2005-2009

As early as 2005, in the newly founded racing community Altensteiner Oberland eV in the ADAC (RSG) under the chairman Marcus Malsch, formerly active rally athletes found a heart and took up the history of mountain racing in the Thuringian Forest again. On one by the club  with an additional 1000 crash barriers prepared mountain race track in Winterstein, the foundation stone was laid for the rebirth of the mountain racing tradition on the Rennsteig.

From 2005 - 2009 the ADAC Rennsteig mountain race was held

Problems bring new ideas

Due to problems with the local private forest owner, the RSG had to decide in 2010 whether to further develop mountain racing on another mountain racing track or to discontinue the event, which had meanwhile become a great success. The former was true and so the traditional mountain race track on the Glasbach, which by the way is located directly at the RSG club headquarters, was targeted. Unfortunately, the condition of the track had not changed significantly since 1991 and a solution for the necessary measures had to be found.

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The rebirth of a success story

In consultation and with the support of the Free State of Thuringia, ADAC Munich and ADAC Hessen-Thuringia, as well as an investment of €350,000 and more than 10,000 hours of voluntary work by the RSG, not only the longest hill climb in Germany was created, but also the most modern and safest hill climb Europe. The specially developed route safety system celebrated its premiere at the rebirth of the Glasbach race in 2011. This extraordinary commitment did not go unnoticed by the responsible world motor sport association FiA and led to the award of the highest predicate of the European Mountain Championship (EBM)

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After the crisis comes the restart

Due to problems with the local private forest owner, the RSG had to decide in 2010 whether to further develop mountain racing on another mountain racing track or to discontinue the event, which had meanwhile become a great success. The former was true and so the traditional mountain race track on the Glasbach, which by the way is located directly at the RSG club headquarters, was targeted. Unfortunately, the condition of the track had not changed significantly since 1991 and a solution for the necessary measures had to be found.

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Europameisterschaft zurück in Thüringen

Der Weltmotorsportverband FIA hat in seiner Sitzung am 06.12.2023 in Baku nach 4 Jahren Pause das höchste Prädikat im internationalen Motorsport nach Thüringen vergeben. Wir werden vom 14.-16.06.2024 in Bad Liebenstein/ Steinbach das 26.Internationale Glasbachrennen wieder als Lauf zur Europameisterschaft austragen.

Beim Weltmotorsportverband FIA konnten wir mit unserer herausragenden Organisation und Verlässlichkeit punkten und setzten uns so gegen den französischen Veranstalter durch.

Auch die Tatsache, dass die Glasbach- Bergrennstrecke die Längste in Deutschland und die modernste und sicherste Bergrennstrecke Europas ist, hat zu dieser Entscheidung beigetragen.

Neben der Europabergmeisterschaft und der Deutschen Bergmeisterschaft ist das 26.Internationale Glasbachrennen auch im österreichischen und luxemburgischen Meisterschaftskalender gesetzt.

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The rebirth of a success story

In consultation and with the support of the Free State of Thuringia, ADAC Munich and ADAC Hessen-Thuringia, as well as an investment of €350,000 and more than 10,000 hours of voluntary work by the RSG, not only the longest hill climb in Germany was created, but also the most modern and safest hill climb Europe. The specially developed route safety system celebrated its premiere at the rebirth of the Glasbach race in 2011. This extraordinary commitment did not go unnoticed by the responsible world motor sport association FiA and led to the award of the highest predicate of the European Mountain Championship (EBM)

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