Hindenberg Speedway: Exploring Germany’s Annual Vintage Dirttrack Racing Event
There’s no denying just how awesome vintage cars and motorbikes look. Whenever you happen to spot one parked on a street or zipping by on a freeway, more often than not you’ll take a second or two out of your phone-staring day to appreciate the design and ingenuity of the automotive of yesteryears. But what about a place that has a whole bunch of them, and they get to race? That’s exactly what’s happening at Germany’s annual vintage dirttrack racing event called Hindenberg Speedway, a one-day festivity that celebrates not just the look, but the performance of pre ’59 cars and motorcycles–or as the Germans put it, “The Hindenberg Dirt Track Races are training and elimination runs on the dirt track for automobiles and motorcycles that were built up to and including 1959.”
Here to capture the spirit of the day is photographer and art director Nicolas Prado, who trekked out to the country’s town of Lübbenau on the second weekend of September–the date the event is always held at. From captivating aerial shots of the vintage cars zipping through dirt, to close ups of the drivers, to shots of the overall environment, Prado’s images do a great job of showcasing a cultural niche that many would wish to experience themselves. Check out the images throughout, then follow Nicolas Prado on Instagram here.