- Group travel: Historic Opel GT cruises through US southwest
- Passion without frontiers: GT fans from Australia, Belgium and the Philippines
- Next stop Germany: Grand Tour in September
|Opel GT Conrero on Route 66|
They travelled from as far afield as Australia, Belgium and even the Philippines: more than two dozen Opel GT fans met up for a group road trip in the southwest of the USA to celebrate the 50th birthday of the iconic sports car. More than 70 percent of the 103,463 cars produced were first registered in the USA, where even today the GT still has a large fan-community.
|Start of eight-day tour in Las Vegas.|
|End of trip in Las Vegas.|
The eight-day tour started in Las Vegas. From the capital city of gambling, the trip headed for the Hoover Dam and eastwards along the famous Route 66 to Four Corners Monument – the only place in the USA where four states – Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah - meet. From there the route led to national parks such as Mesa Verde and Zion. The trip ended back in Las Vegas after around 2,000 kilometres.
|Opel GT Conrero|
|Opel GT fans|
The tours in Germany and the USA are just two of the many events marking the 50th anniversary of the Opel GT. The celebrations began in May with the Bodensee-Klassik at Lake Constance. At the end of June around 50 GT drivers and their cars played a starring role at the Klassikertreffen vintage car show in Rüsselsheim, where the sports coupé was displayed in an exclusive area next to the Opel villas.
More information about the Opel GT, together with additional insights into its 50-year history, are offered in the book “GT Love” by Jens Cooper and Harald Hamprecht (in German language only).