From fans for fans.
1500 shining Mercedes-Benz automobiles, over 10,000 happy visitors and perfect summer weather – the Mercedes meeting in Hattingen on 29 and 30 June was the eighth such event for beautiful stars to show their colours. As in previous years, the LWL Industrial Museum Henrichshütte provided an unmistakable backdrop to some of the most beautiful and unusual models bearing the Mercedes star.
BEAUTIFUL STARS, unmistakable backdrop: the LWL Industrial Museum Henrichshütte in Hattingen.
Powerpack with an aura: the 500 SL Rally (1980) was one of the 50 prize-winning Mercedes-Benz models.
Prominent rally rarity.
One of the most admired stars in Hattingen was the 500 SL Rally with which motor racing legend Dieter Glemser took to the red carpet. This near-series rally model was intended as the successor to the SLC Coupé with which Mercedes-Benz achieved spectacular successes in international rallies from 1978 to 1980. Optimised for the rally circuits of the world, and with more agile handling thanks to a shortened wheelbase, this eight-cylinder model delivering over 300 hp was to compete for victories and trophies from 1881 onwards, with world champion Walter Röhrl at the wheel.
'Unfortunately the public never got to see this 500 SL Rally competing in an actual race,' says Mercedes-Benz Classic brand ambassador Glemser. 'So it is all the better that I was able to borrow this gem from the Mercedes-Benz Classic collection and present it to the many fans in Hattingen. Thanks for the invitation!'
Mercedes-Benz Classic brand ambassador Dieter Glemser at the wheel of the 500 SL Rally.
Two BEAUTIFUL STARS in the Ruhr region: 'Miss NRW' Sarah Elzanowski (right) and the 500 SL Rally.
Jury awards prizes to the most beautiful stars.
The 50 most beautiful automobiles from all model years and series were chosen by a jury and awarded prizes – including the silver/black 500 SL Rally. In addition 'Miss North-Rhine Westfalia', Sarah Elzanowski, presented three special trophies for the stars of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, as well as a trophy for the Mercedes owner who had travelled furthest to attend. This year the honour was accorded to an E-Class driver from Kuwait, who – such is coincidence – also encountered the original owner of his beloved Brabus model in Hattingen. Beautiful stars like to be together.
ALL TIME STARS in red.
ALL TIME STARS, the in-house trading arm of Mercedes-Benz Classic, also exhibited two very special beauties painted all in red in the Henrichshütte: a 230.6 from the 'Stroke/eight' W 114 series produced in 1975 and an SLK 230 Kompressor (R 170) dating from 1999. The cars in the special '20 years of the A-Class' show also put in a youthful appearance. Mercedes-AMG collector Wilfried Holzenthal also put on a special AMG show to mark the 50th anniversary.
ALL TIME STARS in red: SLK 230 Kompressor (R 170, 1999) and 230.6 (W 114, 1975) from the current vehicle trading stock of Mercedes-Benz Classic.
An elk was also a must to mark the 20th anniversary of the A-Class.
Over the years, the Mercedes-Benz meeting in Hattingen has rapidly developed into a classic event for enthusiasts. In addition to the E-Class driver from Kuwait, fans from the Ukraine, Norway, Austria, France, Great Britain and all over Germany found their way to the Henrichshütte, a place with the true flair of Germany's industrial Ruhr, organiser Thomas Ebeling tells us.