"photographs of Carlos Ghys´ biography, part 22 = «KURT AHRENS»"

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Kurt AHRENS Jr. (April 19, 1940 - Braunsweig)



The son of a famous German speedway champion, Kurt Ahrens was always known as Kurt Ahrens Jr. during his early racing career which began in 1958 in Formula 3 events.
It was not until 1961 that he rose to prominence by winning the German Formula Junior title. He repeated the success in 1963.
His father retired from the sport in 1963 and two years later Kurt Jr acquired a Brabham Formula 2 car and began to make a mark at international level.
He also took part in touring car events at the wheel of a factory Fiat and in the course of the next few years he raced mainly in F2, taking part in three German GPs in the F2 class.
In 1968 he drove a Caltex-sponsored third works Brabham at the German event.

In 1969 he joined the Porsche factory sportscar team and shared victory with Jo Siffert in the Austrian 1000 event. The following year he partnered Vic Elford to victory in the Nurburgring 1000. He retired in 1971 and concentrated on building up the family's car dealership and a scrap metal business.

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Kurt AHRENS Sr.
The first Porsche 55 Spyder was handed over to Kurt's father by Ferry Porsche himself.

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1958 MAGDEBURG
First start

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1958 SCHAUINSLAND - FREIBURG
Ahrens father (95) and son (96) on the front row

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1960 NÜRBURGRING
Stanguelini Monoposto Formula Jr

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1960 SCHAUINSLAND Hillclimb

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1967 FORMULA 3 - MONACO
Kurt Ahrens Jr. (Brabham BT 21) in the Loews hairpin.

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Kurt Ahrens Jr. at the wheel of the F2 BMW at the NÜRBURGRING.

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BMW F2
Hard at the limit…

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NÜRBURGRING 1968 - OLD PADDOCK
Kurt with Austrian Jochen RINDT. In 1970, Jochen became motor racing's first posthumous World Champion.

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Kurt with Austrian Jochen RINDT.

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Jochen RINDT at speed in his Lotus 72.

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SPIELBERG - AUSTRIA 2012 - RED BULL RING
Kurt next to a statue of his friend Jochen RINDT.

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F2 JARAMA-Spain April 28th 1968
Third place after winner Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Jochen Rindt.

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F2 HOCKENHEIM-Germany June 16th 1968
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Third place after winner Jochen Rindt and Jackie Oliver.

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August 4th 1968 GERMAN GRAND PRIX - NÜRBURGRING
Kurt Ahrens Jr. is sitting on the front row left. Do you recognize the other drivers?

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August 4th 1968 GERMAN GRAND PRIX - NÜRBURGRING
Kurt Ahrens Jr. at the wheel of his Brabham BT 24

After Jo Siffert's unexpected victory for Rob Walker at Brands Hatch, the F1 teams headed off to the Nurburgring and more bad weather, the previous four races having all been affected by rain. The field was much as normal with the only major additions being Kurt Ahrens, driving a third Brabham and Hubert Hahne entered in a BMW-entered Lola-BMW Formula 2 car, the Munich manufacturer having a look at the state of competitiveness in F1.
It rained throughout practice and Jacky Ickx took pole position in his Ferrari by a full 10 seconds with Chris Amon (Ferrari) second and Jochen Rindt third in his Brabham. Graham Hill was on the second row in his Lotus, alongside the Cooper-BRM of Vic Elford. The third row featured Jackie Stewart's Matra-Ford, John Surtees in the Honda and Piers Courage in a Reg Parnell Racing BRM.
At the start of the race - in pouring rain - Hill took the lead from Amon, Rindt and Stewart. In the course of the first lap, however, Stewart moved to the front and built a nine second lead, using his Dunlop wet tires to maximum effect. By the end of the second lap his lead was out to 34 seconds and after 14 laps he was over four minutes ahead of second-placed Graham Hill, who spun at one point but was able to get out of the car, push it back into the right direction and get it restarted before Rindt arrived, third-placed Amon having spun off earlier on the same lap. Hill managed to keep Rindt behind him third, while fourth place fell to Ickx.
It was Stewart's greatest Grand Prix victory while Kurt Ahrens ended in 12th position despite a reversed spoiler.

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August 4th 1968 GERMAN GRAND PRIX - NÜRBURGRING
On the banking of the Karussel, one of the most famous turns on the Nordscheife circuit

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August 4th 1968 GERMAN GRAND PRIX - NÜRBURGRING
Finding his way through the "Green Hell" in the rain and the fog towards 12 th place overall
despite a broken rear spoiler, lifting the back of his Brabham-Repco BT 24.

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F2 HOCKENHEIM Oct 13th 1968
Brabham BT 23C-8
Preis Baden-Würtemberg

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April 21st 1968 XXXI ADAC - Eifelrennen FORMULA 2 - NÜRBURGRING
Kurt Ahrens Jr. (Brabham BT 23C), on his way to second place, leads Jacky Ickx in the Ferrari.

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HOCKENHEIM April 6th
Kurt Ahrens Jr and his father (background) watch as Jim Clark climbs into his F2 Lotus 48 during Saturday practise.

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April 7th 1968…
Jimmy Clark spent his last hours with Kurt Ahrens Jr. after their presentation on German sports television.…
From left to right: Eckhard SCHIMPF, Kurt AHRENS and Jim CLARK.

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April 7th 1968…
Kurt AHRENS in the Brabham and the two Matra's of Henri PESCAROLO and Jean-Pierre BELTOISE shared the front row while...

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...poor Jimmy CLARK in the Lotus waits for the start of his fatal race...

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1969 Eifelrennen FORMULA 2 - NÜRBURGRING
Henri Pescarolo in hot pursuit of Kurt Ahrens Jr. …

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1969 FORMULA 2 - ZOLDER
Kurt Ahrens ( Brabham nb 10) in hot pursuit of Jo Siffert ( BMW ) …

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Sep 6th 1970 NÜRBURGRING 500 Km
FIAT ABARTH 2000 SP

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Discussing race tactics with Carlo Abarth

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MAGDEBURG
BMW 2002

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BRNO 300 Km
Ford Capri RS, with team mates Hans-Joachim STUCK and Jochen MASS
This was Kurt's last race of his carreer…

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June 1st 1969
NÜRBURGRING 1000 Km

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June 1st 1969
NÜRBURGRING 1000 Km

Kurt Ahrens at speed in his Porsche 908/02

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June 1st 1969
NÜRBURGRING 1000 Km

Vic takes off his helmet while Kurt accelerates out of the pit lane

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June 1st 1969
NÜRBURGRING 1000 Km

Third place in a Porsche 908/02 shared with Vic Elford

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1969 1000 KM ZELTWEG (AUSTRIA)
The first of many victories for the fabulous Porsche 917 (left, with race number 29) in the hands of Jo Siffert and Kurt Ahrens Jr.

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1969 1000 KM ZELTWEG (AUSTRIA)
The winning car is leading Jacky Ickx´ Gulf Mirage M3/300 Ford.

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1969 1000 KM ZELTWEG (AUSTRIA)
Ricco STEINEMANN, Jo SIFFERT, Helmuth BOTT, Kurt AHRENS JR and Kurt AHRENS Sr celebrating the first victory of a Porsche 917.

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1969 1000 KM ZELTWEG (AUSTRIA)
Jo SIFFERT and Kurt AHRENS celebrate their victory.
Sadly, Jo was killed two years later while driving his Yardley-BRM in the 1971 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch.

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PORSCHE 917 - 24 HR LE MANS 1969
The car was driven by Germans Rolf Stommelen and Kurt Ahrens during the 1969 24 Hr race at Le Mans (Pole position).

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1969 24 HR LE MANS

As Ickx was opposed to the traditional Le Mans start which he considered to be dangerous, he slowly walked across the track to his machine,instead of running.
He locked the safety belt carefully and thus was the last to start the race, chasing the field.
On lap one, a tragic event proved that Ickx was right: private driver John Woolfe had a fatal accident in his new and powerful 917 and fellow countryman Willy Mairesse had an accident which ended his career.
Neither of them had taken time to belt himself in.

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Jacky Ickx demonstrating against the more traditional Le Mans start by walking slowly to his car,
putting on his safety belts properly, and thus starting voluntarily at the back of the field...

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PORSCHE 917 - 24 HR LE MANS 1969
Rolf Stommelen leads the field after the start heading for "the Esses".

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PORSCHE 917 - 24 HR LE MANS 1969
Kurt Ahrens accelerates through the Mulsanne corner.

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PORSCHE 917 - 24 HR LE MANS 1969

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PORSCHE 917 - 24 HR LE MANS 1969
After 128 laps, the 4,5 litres flat 12 was put out of the race by clutch bell housing problems.

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Feb 1st 1970 PORSCHE 917 - 24 HR DAYTONA
Kurt Ahrens shared this car with "Quick Vic" Elford but abandonned shortly before half distance.

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Feb 1st 1970 PORSCHE 917 - 24 HR DAYTONA

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Feb 1st 1970 PORSCHE 917 - 24 HR DAYTONA
On the banking.

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Feb 1st 1970 PORSCHE 917 - 24 HR DAYTONA
Overtaking a slower back marker on the inside.

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Feb 1st 1970 PORSCHE 917 - 24 HR DAYTONA
Porsche 917 with Vic Elford.

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Feb 1st 1970 PORSCHE 917 - 24 HR DAYTONA
Jo Siffert in hot persuit of Kurt Ahrens will end the race in second position.

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May 31st 1970 1000 KM NÜRBURGRING
Kurt Ahrens and Vic Elford discussing racing tactics during practise.

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May 31st 1970
1000 KM NÜRBURGRING

Vic Elford and Kurt Ahrens Jr.prepare for the race.

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May 31st 1970 1000 KM NÜRBURGRING
On his way to victory

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May 31st 1970
1000 KM NÜRBURGRING

The winning Porsche 908/03 of Elford-Ahrens. Kurt at the wheel.

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May 31st 1970
1000 KM NÜRBURGRING

Kurt takes the chequered flag!…

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May 31st 1970
1000 KM NÜRBURGRING

On the rostrum…

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May 31st 1970
1000 KM NÜRBURGRING

On the rostrum…

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April 6th 1970, EHRA-LESSIN (Germany)
Kurt escaped unhurt from this horrible crash, aquaplaning at 250 km/hr while testing at the Volkswagen test track at Ehra-Lessin

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1970 24 HR LE MANS
Kurt giving a helping hand to his mechanics during practise.

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1970 24 HR LE MANS
Fastest lap (during the night and in the rain) and pole position for Kurt Ahrens at an average speed of 242, 685 km/hr!.

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1970 24 HR LE MANS
Porsche 917 LH is pushed to his start position in front of the grid (engineer Peter Falk on the left).

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1970 24 HR LE MANS
Vic blasts away from pole position in the long tail 917, leading the three short tail Gulf-Porsches 917 of Jo Siffert (20), Pedro Rodriguez (21) and David Hobbs (22) and the works-Ferrari's.

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1970 24 HR LE MANS
Pole position for the monstruous Porsche 917LH of Elford-Ahrens, covering a 13,469 km lap in 3:21,05 (241,176 km/h!). End of first lap...

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1970 24 HR LE MANS
Jo Siffert (Gulf-Porsche 917) in hot persuit of Vic Elford in the 917 "Langheck".

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1970 24 HR LE MANS
The Elford-Ahrens Porsche 917LH followed by its sister car of Kauhsen-Larrousse and the Siffert-Bell Porsche 917K.

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1970 24 HR LE MANS
Coming up the Mulsanne straight where the Porsche 917 LH had been clocked at over 380 Km per hour!

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1970 24 HR LE MANS
The leading Elford-Ahrens Porsche 917LH fishtailing through a corner at high speed while setting up a new lap record.

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1970 24 HR LE MANS
Beautiful paintings by Nicholas Watts (l) and Roger Warrick (r).

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"THE LONGEST NIGHT" by NICHOLAS WATTS
The Saltzburg Team Porsche 917LH of Vic Elford and Kurt Ahrens is depicted battling the similar Martini "long tail" of Gerard Larrousse and Willi Kauhsen at dusk
in what was the wettest Le Mans for many years. Although leading the race with Vic Elford becoming the first driver to lap at an average of 150mph at the Sarthe,
the white unforgiving 'Lang Heck' was forced into retirement. The No 3 car eventually finished in second position behind the winning 917 or Richard Attwood and Hans Herrmann.

signed by the artist Nicholas WATTS and the drivers Kurt AHRENS and Vic ELFORD.

This print, signed by several drivers, is exclusively offered for sale on http://www.vicelford.com/

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1970 SPA 1000 KM
Kurt and his team mate Vic Elford struggeling with suspension problems.
Late in the night before the race, the mechanics managed to solve the problem and Vic tested the car on the track in the dark to find out that the Porsche was competitive.
The Elford-Ahrens Porsche finished third

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1970 MONZA 1000 KM
Kurt shared again the Porsche 917 with Vic Elford.
With Kurt at the wheel, a tyre burst at more than 300 km/hr brought an end to the race.

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1970 KYALAMI 9 HR
Jo SIFFERT during qualification....

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1970 KYALAMI 9 HR
Kurt shared this beautiful MARTINI RACING Porsche 917 with Jo SIFFERT in South Africa.
They finished second behind Jacky Ickx‘ Ferrari.

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1970 KYALAMI 9 HR
Kurt AHRENS, Jo SIFFERT and their Team director Hans-Dieter DECHENT

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Kurt AHRENS pointing at a beautiful airbrush portrait of his sadly missed friend Jo SIFFERT painted on the cabin of a truck.
Jo SIFFERT was killed in the 1971 non-championship World Championship Victory Race at Brands Hatch GB, the scene of his first and greatest victory in 1968.
The suspension of his BRM had been damaged in a lap 1 incident with Ronnie Peterson, and broke later.
The BRM crashed and immediately caught fire. Siffert could not free himself from the burning car.

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Kurt AHRENS with Philippe SIFFERT, son of "Seppi"

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2005 OLD TIMER GP - NÜRBURGRING
First contact with Kurt Ahrens and his charming wife Reni.

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2005 MOTOR SHOW ESSEN (GERMANY)
Carlos and Kurt met again after several months.

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2006 ZOLDER CIRCUIT
Guy Golsteyn´s wife Danni, Kurt and Reni Ahrens, Marie-Jeanne.

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2006 ZOLDER (HOTEL DE KLUIS)
Having dinner after a visit to the circuit. When Carlos first visited Zolder in 1968, Kurt was on the other side of the fence participating in a F2 Brabham.

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VEERLE-LAAKDAL (BELGIUM)
After a short visit to the Zolder circuit, Kurt, Reni, Marie-Jeanne and Carlos paid a visit to Guy Golsteyn and his wife Danni at their home in Veerle-Laakdal.
Guy is a very talented model builder and Kurt was impressed by the hundreds of scale models.

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PORSCHE 917 - 24 HR LE MANS 1969
beautiful 1/18 scale model, made by Guy.
The car was driven by Germans Rolf Stommelen and Kurt Ahrens during the 1969 24 Hr race at Le Mans (Pole position).

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PORSCHE 917 - 24 HR LE MANS 1969
Kurt Ahrens was especially touched by the model of his 1969 Porsche 917LH, that Guy had hastily prepared for the occasion.

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DIEST (BELGIUM)
At Svens' birthday party where Kurt overloaded a speechless Sven with some additional presents.

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DIEST (BELGIUM)
Kurt Ahrens was a surprise guest at Svens' 25th birthday party…

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Kurt takes good care of his fans, signs autographs, poses for photographs and always takes the time for a chat as Carlos has witnessed more than once…

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no wonder he's a much solicited man to act as a guest or speaker on many events.

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AVD OLDTIMER GRAND PRIX
A weekend at the NÜRBURGRING, AUG 12 2007

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AVD OLDTIMER GRAND PRIX
NÜRBURGRING, AUG 12 2007
Rainer Braun,  Kurt Ahrens and Carlos Ghys in front of Kurt´s former garage (number 4) in the old paddock of the Nürburgring.

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Alf AHRENS
Like his grandfather Kurt Ahrens Sr. and his father Kurt Ahrens Jr., Alf is on his way to make a name in the German national motor sport.
He drove in several singleseater races and obtained his national A-license. Alf owns a Renault Clio Sport V6 and considers his racing as a hobby.
Sometimes his brother Mike joins him in long distance races. In 2007, on several occasions, Alf showed his talent in the national Dacia Logan Cup.
You can follow his progress through his personal website (see link Kurt Ahrens).

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Like father, like son: Alf is getting some advice from his father Kurt.

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Time for a joke…

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NÜRBURGRING April 13th 2008
ADAC DACIA LOGAN CUP

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April 13th 2008 ADAC DACIA LOGAN CUP
Winning team, Alf AHRENS and Jens BRANDES.
At the end of the season, Team AHRENS was crowned 2008 Cup Champion.

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May 22-23 2008 NÜRBURGRING 24 Hrs
Kurt Ahrens and Carlos in a TEAM AHRENS outfit

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Alf AHRENS posing with his father Kurt and Carlos.

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May 22-23 2008 CLIO CUP NÜRBURGRING
Alf is given some last instructions from his father at the NÜRBURGRING.

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May 22-23 2008 NÜRBURGRING 24 Hrs
After almost 40 years, Kurt meets again with his former Abarth team mate, Italian Arturo MERZARIO.

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May 22-23 2008 NÜRBURGRING 24 Hrs
Kurt meets Jan LAMMERS.
Jan Lammers is one of the 2 dutchmen that have ever won Le Mans.

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OSCHERLEBEN MOTORSPORT ARENA
2008 May 5th
Two generations German racing aces meet each other. Kurt shakes hands with seven times F1 Champion Michael SCHUMACHER.

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2008 SOLITUDE REVIVAL
Stuttgart, June 26-28
Breakfast on the terrace with Kurt, Reni and Marie-Jeanne.

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2008 SOLITUDE REVIVAL
Stuttgart, June 26-28
Kurt is signing the Nicholas Watts limited edition print "THE LONGEST NIGHT" while Vic Elford looks on.
Limited to 75 giclées signed by Nicholas Watts and 8 other drivers:
Vic Elford, Gerard Larrousse, Willy Kauhsen, Richard Attwood, Hans Herrmann, Rudi Lins, Helmut Marko and Jean-Pierre Hanrioud.

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2008 SOLITUDE REVIVAL
Stuttgart, June 26-28
Vic ELFORD and Kurt AHRENS

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2008 SOLITUDE REVIVAL
Stuttgart, June 26-28
Carlos with his racing heroes Vic ELFORD and Kurt AHRENS.

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2008 SOLITUDE REVIVAL
Stuttgart, June 26-28
"Quick Vic" ELFORD and Carlos.

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2008 SOLITUDE REVIVAL
Stuttgart, June 26-28
Vic ELFORD gives his impressions to the public in the company of Sir Stirling MOSS (front), Herbert LINGE (red shirt), Hans HERRMANN (black shirt), Richard ATTWOOD (blue cap), Kurt AHRENS and Willi KAUHSEN (right). Peter FALK is signing autographs.

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2008 SOLITUDE REVIVAL
Stuttgart, June 26-28
They are joined by Paul Ernst STRÄHLE (left), Eberhard MAHLE (black cap), Udo SCHUTZ (black shirt) and Swiss Jo VONLANTHEN (red overalls).

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2008 SOLITUDE REVIVAL
Stuttgart, June 26-28
Kurt proudly shows the printed T-shirt he was offered by his former team mate Vic Elford.

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Carlos and Kurt AHRENS

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Kurt AHRENS, honory member of the Mexican Scuderia Rodriguez, shows a Porsche poster of his victory at Zeltweg in 1969.

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Kurt Ahrens discussing with the car owner Alexander Licht (center) and Jochen who is a former Martini Racing Team mechanic.

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Kurt Ahrens behind the wheel of the Porsche 917 replica car.

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Ready for a demonstration ride on the famous Solitude circuit.

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Kurt AHRENS Jr.
famous German racing driver and a great person.

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Kurt AHRENS and Hans HERRMANN
famous Porsche drivers and close friends.

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Kurt Ahrens is a member of the "Club international des anciens pilotes de Grand Prix de Formule 1"

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STUTTGART - SOLITUDE
Feb 27th 2009
Inauguration new Porsche museum
Vic Elford (L), Eberhard MAHLE (front) and Kurt AHRENS.

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HOCKENHEIM HISTORIC
In memory of Jim Clark
April 26th 2009
-?-, Rainer BRAUN, Willi KAUHSEN, Kurt AHRENS, Hans MEZGER, Herbert LINGE, Gunther STECKKONIG, Manfred JANTKE, -?-, -?-

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HOCKENHEIM HISTORIC
In memory of Jim Clark
April 26th 2009
Kurt AHRENS

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In memory of Jim Clark
April 26th 2009
Marie-Jeanne with Kurt AHRENS

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HOCKENHEIM HISTORIC
In memory of Jim Clark
April 26th 2009
Carlos in the 1200 bhp PORSCHE 917/30

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HOCKENHEIM HISTORIC
In memory of Jim Clark
April 26th 2009
After almost 40 years, Kurt AHRENS was again at the wheel of a PORSCHE 908/03 for a few demonstration laps.
Carlos is pushing the car to the starting grid…

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After his demonstration, Kurt is pushing the car back to the paddock, Carlos at the wheel!

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Marie-Jeanne with Kurt AHRENS.

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Carlos with Kurt AHRENS.

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Willi KAUHSEN and Kurt AHRENS.

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Hans HERRMANN, David PIPER, Willi KAUHSEN and Kurt AHRENS, great Porsche drivers.

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My friend and hero Kurt AHRENS.

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Carlos and Kurt AHRENS on the start grid..

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Ready to go, David PIPER in his green Ferrari P4 and Kurt AHRENS in the Porsche 908/03.

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MOTORSPORT ARENA OSCHERSLEBEN
DACIA LOGAN CUP
June 1st 2009
Kurt´s sons Mike and Alf shared the Dacia Logan number 41…

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Kurt AHRENS and son Mike.

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Mike AHRENS

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2011 ASSEN - THE NETHERLANDS

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ESSEN MOTOR SHOW
Dec 5th 2009

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Hotel BREDENEY ESSEN
Dec 5th 2009
From left to right: Ushi KAUHSEN, Reni AHRENS, Marie-Jeanne, Peter FALK, Mrs FALK, Hans-Dieter DECHENT, Kurt AHRENS,
Manfred SHURTI, Rudi LINS, Herbert STAUDENMAIER and Mrs STAUDENMAIER.

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From left to right: Rudi LINS, Herbert STAUDENMAIER, Mrs STAUDENMAIER, Willi KAUHSEN, Ernst KRAUS, Mrs KRAUS, Ushi KAUHSEN,
Reni AHRENS and Marie-Jeanne.

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ESSEN MOTOR SHOW
Dec 5th 2009
Kurt Ahrens, SHELL ambassador.

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ADAC Cruze Cup 2010
During the 2010 season, Mike Ahrens drives this beautiful race-spec Chevrolet Cruze.

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CRUZE CUP NÜRBURGRING
April 11th 2010

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CRUZE CUP NÜRBURGRING
April 11th 2010
Mike AHRENS (left) and Jens LÖHNIG: a strong team…

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Kurt Ahrens is refuelling, Carlos is giving a helping hand…

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Tired, after a cold but successful day…

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HOCKENHEIM HISTORIC In memory of Jim Clark
April 16-18 2010
Kurt Ahrens meets David Piper for a photoshoot on Friday evening

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Kurt Ahrens, David Piper and Jürgen Neuhaus.

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Kurt Ahrens and his sons Mike (left) and Alf pose with David Piper.

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From left to right: Organizer, Hans MEZGER, Ernst KRAUS, organizer, David PIPER, Jürgen NEUHAUS and Kurt Ahrens.

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It is a yearly tradition that, on Saturday, the organizers , drivers and a few fans pay their tribute to Jim Clark.
He was the dominant driver of his era, winning two World Championships, in 1963 and 1965.
At the time of his tragic death on April 7th 1968,he had won more Grand Prix races (25) and achieved more Grand Prix pole positions (33)
than any other driver. He also competed in the Indianapolis 500 five times, and won it once, in 1965.
"The Times" recently placed Clark at the top of a list of the greatest Formula One drivers.

Kurt shared Jimmy’s last hours the evening before the tragedy…

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After the ceremony, the delegation visited the place where Jimmy Clark lost his life.
Two huge cypress trees and a wooden cross, at a little distance from the monument, indicate where the Scottish driver crashed into the trees along the circuit.
Today, the old Hockenheim track made place for a new forest.
The old trail is still visible through the young pine trees.

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Carlos translate Kurt Ahrens´ sad story to a very emotional David Piper while Hans Mezger looks on.
David Piper and Jim Clark were close friends.

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April 7th 1968…
The world lost one of his greatest racing drivers.

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AUTOGRAPH SESSION
From left to right: David PIPER, Ottocar JACOBS, Kurt AHRENS, Jürgen Neuhaus and Ernst KRAUS.
An amused Manfred JANTKE observes the scene…

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AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Alf and Mike AHRENS have a close look while their famous father signs hundreds of photographs.

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Carlos and Kurt

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BIRTHDAY DINNER
My brother Luc offers Kurt a huge birthday present.

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Hans-Dieter DECHENT and Kurt AHRENS revive happy memories…

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SCHUCO 1:80 SCALE MODEL
On the occasion of Kurt AHRENS´ 70th Birthday, Schuco released a 1:80 scale model
of Kurt´s Porsche 917 he shared with Vic ELFORD during the 1970 Spa 1000 km.
A collectors´ item!

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JIM CLARK EXHIBITION
Swiss Jürg MALLEPELL and his impressive collection of Jim Clark memorabilia.

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PORSCHE 908/3
On Saturday, Kurt demonstrate a Porsche 908/3
The car is owned by German Fritz KOZKA.
In 1970, teamed with Vic ELFORD, Kurt won the Nürburgring 1000 km race in a similar car.

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exactly 40 years lay between this picture and the above!

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On his way to the track, Kurt meets Sven LAEVERS and Johan THEYS.
In 2004, Kurt was a surprise guest during Sven´s 25th birthday party near Diest in Belgium.
Sven was so impressed, he started an autograph and memorabilia collection.
Their collection can be seen at http://www.f1motion.com/

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PORSCHE 908, ex-Steve MCQUEEN.
On Sunday, Kurt demonstrate a Porsche 908, driven by famous film star Steve McQueen during the 1970 Sebring 12 Hours.
The car is owned by German engineer August DEUTSCH.

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Steve McQueen driving in the 1970 12 Hours of Sebring

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Car owner Ing August DEUTSCH and Kurt AHRENS going through some driving procedures…

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On the occasion of his 70th Birthday, Kurt was confronted with a strong line-up of most of the cars he competed in during his racing carreer
At the end, some thirty Porsches from the Braunschweig Porsche Club followed the racing cars led by Kurt Ahrens in an ex-Steve McQueen Porsche 908.

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More than 40 years ago, this Brabham BT 23C was succesfully driven by Kurt AHRENS during the 1968 Formula 2 season
This beautiful car is now owned by David BROWN.

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POWERSLIDE magazine 6/2010 (July 12th 2010).
Article on Kurt AHRENS Jr.

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DEC 2011 MOTOR SHOW - ESSEN (Germany)
Together with Udo SCHUTZ (left) and Kurt AHRENS

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DEC 2011 MOTOR SHOW - ESSEN (Germany)
Together with Kurt AHRENS, Jutta FAUSEL, Udo SCHUTZ and Hans-Dieter DECHENT.

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2012 RENAULT CLIO CUP
An other season for Alf AHRENS in this tough German competition...

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HOCKENHEIM 2012
Kurt never forgets Jimmy Clark. Here he's raising the Lotus flag in honor of his idol.

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MecAUTO (Belgium) May 5th 2012
Porsche 917-021 was completely restored after it's last race in Kyalami 1970 (driven by Kurt AHRENS (left) and Jo SIFFERT).
Fond memories for Kurt after more than 40 years!

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MecAUTO (Belgium) May 5th 2012
Kurt AHRENS and the Formula One BRABHAM BT26.
In a similar car, Kurt finished 12th during the rain soaked 1968 GERMAN GRAND PRIX at the NÜRBURGRING.

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December 2012
ESSEN MOTOR SHOW

Kurt, always in for a good joke...

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December 2012
ESSEN MOTOR SHOW

Posing with Kurt and Reni AHRENS and Hans-Dieter DECHENT.

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December 2012
ESSEN MOTOR SHOW

Kurt, flanked by my brother Luc and me...