Our last photo essay from not too long ago was about the 6-hour race held at the Nürburgring in Germany. We were invited by Chopard and Porsche and had an amazing time there. Now a few months later and a couple of degrees lower we are back with a new photo essay from a new race. This time it was the DTM (German Touring Car Masters) and the companies graciously presenting us with some entry tickets; Oris and Audi Sport.

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Paddock

On a cold and grey October Sunday we were heading from our base in Karlsruhe to the nearby racetrack, the legendary Hockenheim ring. The weather was alright, it was no sign of rain but the temperature just would not go above 7 Celsius. It was already the end of the traffic jam of the early morning rush by fans so we quickly parked our car at the Press Parking and took the Press Shuttle (the new BMW X3) to the racetrack. Since this was the last race of the season, as you would expect it, the paddock was extremely busy. The major brands like Mercedes-Benz, Porsche or Audi all had step up their HQs and various lounges for guest, team members, drivers and VIPs. It looked and felt like a small village with all the different tents and mobile houses of every major sponsor or racing team, let that be a contestant of the DTM, Audi TT Cup, or anything else.

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Porsche galore in the paddock

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Each and every one of these modified trucks cost a few million Euros

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Grid

We strolled around the paddock, checked out some cool vintage cars on display and even did the grid walk before the race. People think it’s such a cool thing to get to see the cars up close and it certainly has a vibe but here were so many of us out, it was extremely hard to get a photo of the whole car rather than only a glimpse. The coolest thing though was the fact that the likes of Alex Zanardi and David Coulthard (who I loathed for years, being a huge Ferrari fan back in the day) were strolling casually among the fans, taking selfies and giving interviews. No sign of pompousness at all.

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Nico Müller, one of the Oris Boys

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Who’s the BOSCH?

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D.C. is surprisingly short and skinny

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DTM Trophy in good company

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Oris x Audi Sport

We spent some quality time there thanks to Oris and had the chance of shooting some cool photos for our readers viewing pleasure. These type of articles are not about the text but the photos so let me just finish by saying that we had great fun out there. Thank you very much for Oris and Audi Sport for making this happen. Now, please enjoy the photos and share your thoughts with us at the comment section below.

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Tunnel connecting the paddock and the main tribune, goes under the finish line

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Celebration – BEFORE…

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Crepe-afternoon in the Audi Lounge

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Richy Müller von Tatort

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…and AFTER

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Oris Audi Sport I on display in the Audi Lounge

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Balázs Ferenczi

Balázs joined Fratello Watches in 2014 and he has been a fan of watches as long as he can remember. His passion for watches really took off in 2007 when he purchased his first fine Swiss timepiece. From 2007 up to recently, he was also an active and involved member of a number of on-line watch communities. Balázs has a weak spot for vintage Omega watches and vintage watches in general.