Air-cooled VW History

Beetle Rally and Rallyecross

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Especially the Austrian sole distributor Porsche Salzburg (now Porsche Austria) seriously entered the VW in local and European contests in the 60's and early '70s. Starting with the VW 1500 in the mid '60s the peak of their racing performance was achieved with the VW 1302S and VW 1303S (known as the Salzburg Rally Beetle) from '71 to '73. The vehicles were entered in such famous races as TAP (Portugal), Austrian Alpine, Elba, Acropolis etc.


Drivers were top performers such as Tony Fall (GB), Guenter Janger (AUT), Harry Källström (S), Achim Warmbold (D), Franz Wurz (A) etc. The engines were maxed out 1600's delivering 125hp later on mated to a Porsche 914 5-speed. Victories were achieved in '73 on Elba for overall and class, Acropolis for class (5th overall), Austrian championship '72, '73 January Rallye for overall and class. Rally of 1000 minutes for overall 2nd (1st in class) The fuel crisis along with the arrival of the Golf (Rabbit) put an end to the unofficially by VW supported rally days in '74. All vehicles either used for training or actual racing were sold off to privatiers and keep racing with noticeable results until the early '80s.

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