Classic Days Schloss Dyck 2014.
Rhineland charm à la Goodwood.
It is a hot Sunday afternoon, and across the broad expanse of lawn in front of the orangery of the castle a young woman in a pastel-coloured dress is pushing a vintage pram past lovingly polished classic cars. There is a mixture of engine oil and French fries in the air. Anyone who thinks this is the backdrop to a film set is mistaken. For what is on offer for the visitors on this first weekend in August in the grounds of the Rhineland Schloss Dyck are the 9th Classic Days – the German equivalent of the British Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Classic Days have become popular with car enthusiasts and collectors from all over Europe. Brand variety is the name of the game on the miscanthus field which is more than 1.3 kilometres long:
Visitors and classic car clubs are presenting their treasures here and creating one of the finest and largest temporary open-air museums in the world. Everywhere in the extensive grounds around the moated castle there are themed islands such as the classic cars exhibited as 'Jewels in the Park'.
120 years of Mercedes-Benz motorsport history.
On the occasion of the anniversary year 2014 Mercedes-Benz Classic is displaying a thrilling chapter in its 120-year motorsport history with each of the unique, original vehicles. On show at the Concours d’Élégance is the W 25 from 1934 which founded the era of the Silver Arrows when, because of its weight, the white paint which had been the norm up until then was sanded off one day before its racing debut on the Nürburgring. In its direct vicinity the W 196 R is on display. This is the model which dominated racing in 1954 and 1955 with the historic double world championship win by the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio. At the “Lovely Heroes” themed island, meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class can be admired. Here it is represented by a W 187.
Racing greats in classics from motorsport history.
In keeping with the motto of the Classic Days 2014, “Where the stars drive the cars”, some of the classics from the history of Mercedes-Benz are being piloted by famous racing greats on the circular route extending over nearly three kilometres. Ellen Lohr, Hans Herrmann and Klaus Ludwig are on the spot demonstrating selected cars in motion to the spectators. The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS (W 198), for instance, which won the American sports car championship in category D under Paul O’Shea in 1957. There is also the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 model series 201 Nardó record car and the futuristic C 111 research vehicle with a V8 engine. Roland Asch even finds the Classic Days “nicer than in Goodwood at the Festival of Speed, because it is more informal and homely here”.
Unique collector vehicles, one-off models and prototypes from all over the world plus motorsport legends presenting classics – all this prompts us to look forward with anticipation to 2015, when the Classic Days at Schloss Dyck will be inviting visitors to their tenth anniversary celebrations.