A festival of iconic sports cars.
Into the sun.
All hell has broken loose on the runway: Dozens of SL cars with their wings spread wide or roof down gathered on the roughly 800 metre-long runway of Schleißheim airfield. The beautifully designed body of the W 198 also readily absorbs every single ray of sunshine. Opening the doors on the slow drive was therefore less for show and more to get some air into the interior of the cars, which were heating up like greenhouses. But the participants were still very happy to feel the warming rays of the sun following the slightly too damp start to their annual meeting.
Not an optical illusion, but rather a father and son on the regularity track. The aim here was to navigate the cone track in as close as possible to the same amount of time. Some participants opted for a stately pace, while others put more faith in the old space frame design and young passenger.
Whether the roadster or the coupé: Even at the age of 60, the 300 'Sport Light' is still an extremely agile sports car with an impressive performance. Too rarely do we get to see that fact as clearly as we did here on the obstacle course.
It’s time to say goodbye. Next year the annual meeting of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Club e.V. will take place in Hamburg. On their way back from Munich, several participants will meet again on the highway. Some of them already loaded their vehicles onto trailers directly at the Mercedes-Benz sales and service outlet to avoid unnecessary exertion for man and machine. Yet others travel home on their own, also over very long distances. Particularly two club members from the Netherlands (not shown in this picture) only know too well what the 800 kilometre journey home in the gull-wing car means on such a sunny day. They dress especially lightly in the first place – and get stuck in the first traffic jam of the long Ascension Day weekend already a few kilometres ahead, most likely to the delight of the curious audience around.