ED Swart / Abarth 1000 TCR

Faster than the italians

4y ago

While checking some period racing pictures of the Abarth I found an intriguing story by Sharon Swart, daughter of the Dutch racing legend Ed Swart. Here is an excerpt.

In 1965, Ed was invited to run with the Abarth “works” team at Germany’s Nurburgring in an FIA 6-hour touring car race. He quickly had to learn the legendary track’s 22km (14.2 mile) Nord-Schleife course, along with other up-and-coming drivers like Belgian Jacky Ickx.

The Abarth Corse team was highly respected, and my dad didn’t want to disappoing Mr. Abarth, who wore white leather gloves and had an attitude to match.

The Italian drivers had been bragging about their 12-minute laps, so when Ed ran his first two test laps at the Ring and team manager Renzo Avidano mumbled something about a “13.” he thought he’d blown it. Later, Avidano clarified that my dad had clocked a 12.13-minute lap - the third fastest time.

Sharon Swart

Ed and his co-driver, Fritz Jutner, finished second in the race, behind the first Abarth works car. HE went on to run in all remaining FIA races for Abarth that year and won the European Touring Car Division I title, for up to 1000cc engines.

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  • The right name of Ed´s co-driver is Fritz Jüttner, a former works-driver on Borgward RS in 1958. Later he was the motorsport chief from BOSCH-Renndienst in Germany and owner of one of the original Borgward RS which he drove in historic motorsport.

      3 months ago