The roots of the Berg Cup stretch back to 1987, as motorsport authorities sought to find a home for all the Group 2 and 5 cars that had recently been outlawed. After much head-scratching, there was a groundswell of enthusiasm for the Berg Cup series – held across a dozen hillclimb venues in Germany (‘berg’ translating as ‘mountain’), the Cup was embraced by fans and entrants alike, and has been running ever since.
There are various different classes in which entrants can compete; for example, Group H is a pretty extreme set of regs in which cars such as Mk1 Golfs and Polos run bespoke 1,300cc engines with ITBs, bike heads, high compression and lairy cams, kicking out 200bhp or more. You also see a lot of 2.0-litre 8v and 16v builds, and all manner of drivetrain layouts. It’s not just VAG either, you see Opels, BMWs, Porsches and all sorts competing. But the aesthetic is unmistakable across the classes: extreme aero, wide footprint, massive contact patch – everything required to get up the mountain as quickly as possible. We approve!