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    Start-up spirit of 1886 in the apple orchard.

    Mercedes-Benz Classic is putting on a show of true start-up spirit at Classic Days Schloss Dyck from 3 to 5 August 2018: the apple orchard will be home to greenhouses reminiscent of Gottlieb Daimler’s garden house.

“MB Classic@Apfelwiese”.

In the 1880s, the high-speed four-stroke engine of Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach – one of the most important innovations in the history of mobility – was built in a greenhouse in Cannstatt. At Classic Days Schloss Dyck 2018, Mercedes-Benz Classic will recall this inspiring location in the garden of Daimler’s villa in Cannstatt with specially constructed greenhouses. They will serve as a stage for “MB Classic@Apfelwiese”, a focal point of the presenting partner of Classic Days Schloss Dyck in 2018.


Place-name sign: “Schloß Dyck”.
Mercedes-Benz Classic and the Mercedes-Benz Museum have been closely associated with the Classic Days for many years.

Closely associated with the Classic Days.

Mercedes-Benz Classic and the Mercedes-Benz Museum have been closely associated with the Classic Days for many years. As the main partner of the 13th festival of classic automobiles, which will take place from 3 to 5 August 2018 around the moated castle on the Rhine, the Stuttgart brand is once again bringing numerous special vehicles from the company’s own collection to Schloss Dyck. The spectrum ranges from the first automobile in world history, the Benz Patent Motor Car of 1886, to sporty Mercedes and Benz vehicles from the first decade of the 20th century through to the legendary Silver Arrow W 196 R of the 1950s and a “Stroke Eight” pickup from 1973.


An authentic replica.

Some of the vehicles can be experienced on the 2.8-kilometre circuit at Classic Days Schloss Dyck, where Mercedes-Benz Classic is presenting the Benz Patent Motor Car, an authentic replica of the original, which Carl Benz left to the Deutsches Museum in 1905. The Benz Prinz Heinrich car from 1910 will also be on show. The vehicle is one of a total of ten racing tourers built by Benz for the Prinz Heinrich Race in 1910. The presented vehicle, restored true to the original by Mercedes-Benz Classic in 2013, is one of only two examples still preserved today. High-tech features include dual ignition and four-valve technology. The aerodynamic body with its striking pointed rear end is also worthy of note.


From 2 to 8 June 1910, the third Prinz Heinrich Race covered 1,945 kilometres from Berlin via Braunschweig, Kassel, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Strasbourg and Metz to Homburg vor der Höhe in Hesse. At the Orangery of Schloss Dyck, there will be a Mercedes 75 PS Spider from 1907. The sporty and exclusive automobile, which is powered by a six-cylinder in-line engine with 10.2 litres of displacement, was the top model in DMG’s range at the time. The two-seater Spider body underlines the sporty looks of what was at the time a high-performance car.


Mercedes-Benz Formula One racing car W 196 R with free-standing wheels. Driven by Juan Manuel Fangio II, nephew of Mercedes-Benz racing driver Juan Manuel Fangio, at the Goodwood Revival 2011.

Mercedes-Benz Formula One racing car W 196 R with free-standing wheels. Driven by Juan Manuel Fangio II, nephew of Mercedes-Benz racing driver Juan Manuel Fangio, at the Goodwood Revival 2011.


Legendary racing cars.

At the new greenhouses in the apple orchard, Mercedes-Benz Classic will present a W 196 R racing car and a “Stroke Eight” pickup based on the W 115 model series. The racing car from the second Silver Arrows era in the mid-1950s recalls the two Formula One world titles won by Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954 and 1955 in vehicles of this type. Technically closely related to the W 196 R are the likewise legendary 300 SLR racing cars (W 196 S), which, with their numerous victories, made 1955 the most successful motor sport season in the history of the brand.


A fascinating contrast.

A pickup of the Mercedes-Benz “Stroke Eight” W 115 model series provides a fascinating contrast to the Silver Arrow at the Classic Days. This unusual vehicle recalls the debut of the highly successful “Stroke Eight” W 114/W 115 model series 50 years ago. Between 1968 and 1976, over 1.9 million saloons, long-wheelbase saloons, coupés and chassis versions were produced of this, the brand’s first million-seller. The versatile platform truck, which is one of the ancestors of the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class, was supplied as a chassis for special bodies. It was also used for estate cars, ambulances and hearses. In addition, it was converted into a pickup by a bodybuilder before being used for many years by Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen AG as a service vehicle.


Today part of the Mercedes-Benz Classic collection of vehicles, the pickup will make its own way from the Mercedes-Benz Museum to Classic Days Schloss Dyck. “Stroke Eight” pickups were particularly successful in Argentina, where they were built for the local market and advertised as “la Pick-up Mercedes-Benz”. For this purpose, Mercedes-Benz supplied CKD (completely knocked down) kits of the 220 D chassis to South America. The local González Catán plant on the outskirts of Buenos Aires built the pickups on this basis. They were available with single or double cabs.


Mercedes-Benz Brand Ambassador Hans Herrmann (right) celebrating his 90th birthday at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, Fellbach, together with the Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Dr Dieter Zetsche.

Mercedes-Benz Brand Ambassador Hans Herrmann (right) celebrating his 90th birthday at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, Fellbach, together with the Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Dr Dieter Zetsche.


ALL TIME STARS by Mercedes-Benz Classic.

At MB Classic@Apfelwiese with the greenhouses, the exhibited vehicles from the collection are not the only source of inspiration. It is a place where visitors will also meet people who have a special connection with the history of the brand. This year, Mercedes-Benz Classic Brand Ambassadors such as Jutta Benz, Dieter Glemser and Klaus Ludwig as well as guests of honour at the Classic Days, such as racing drivers Hans Herrmann and Jochen Mass, will be signing autographs in the ALL TIME STARS Lounge in the apple orchard. There is special reason for congratulations in the case of Silver Arrows racing driver Hans Herrmann, who celebrated his 90th birthday on 23 February 2018.


An atmospheric guest appearance.

Set up in 2015, the highly successful vehicle trading platform ALL TIME STARS by Mercedes-Benz Classic will be making an atmospheric guest appearance at Classic Days Schloss Dyck 2018 with its ALL TIME STARS Lounge in the Mercedes-Benz Classic greenhouses. ALL TIME STARS will also be bringing two exclusive SL sports cars to the Classic Days: a beige-coloured 300 SL Roadster (W 198) from 1959, which was on show at the International Motor Show in Turin, and a horizon-blue 280 SL “Pagoda” (W 113) from 1970. Both vehicles belong to the “Concours Edition”.


ALL TIME STARS is consistently expanding its range with the selective acquisition of particularly interesting vehicles from the brand’s long history. Outstanding classic cars are factory-restored with utmost authenticity to the original specifications on behalf of ALL TIME STARS in the Manufaktur restoration facility at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Fellbach. This is an offer only the manufacturer can provide.


Lots of visitors during the Classic Days Schloss Dyck 2017.

Automotive classics by a famous moated castle.

From 3 to 5 August 2018, the 13th Classic Days Schloss Dyck will continue a unique success story in the culture of automotive classics. The organisers expect a total of 120 historic racing vehicles on the demonstration circuit and more than 7,000 classic cars at the club parking on Dycker Feld. The Concours d’Elegance “Jewels in the Park” of the Classic Days is one of only nine events worldwide that bear the FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) distinction in the “A” (top class) category. This year, around 60 exclusive classic cars are expected at “Jewels in the Park”.

Several tens of thousands of visitors.

In addition, there are ten event areas around the moated castle with highly different topics. For example, the British Brooklands Museum, which recalls the world’s first dedicated race track, will be a guest at Schloss Dyck for the first time. And when past and present DTM heroes meet at the “Racing Legends”, Mercedes-Benz vehicles will, of course, also be on hand. The Classic Days Schloss Dyck classic car and motor festival is held in a part of the Schloss Dyck estate, on the meadows in front of the castle and on Dycker Feld.


The Classic Days are open to visitors on the Friday (3 August) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on the Saturday (4 August) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on the Sunday (5 August) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The box office opens as early as 7 a.m. on the Saturday and Sunday with access to the picnic meadows. The organisers again expect several tens of thousands of visitors over the three days. The proceeds from the event will go to the Schloss Dyck Foundation for the preservation and running of the castle, collection and gardens.


Mercedes-Benz Classic Brand Ambassador Dieter Glemser in conversation with Hans Herrmann. Photo from Mercedes-Benz & Friends 2011, Berlin-Tempelhof.

Mercedes-Benz Classic Brand Ambassador Dieter Glemser in conversation with Hans Herrmann.


Mercedes-Benz Classic Brand Ambassadors and guests.

  • Jutta Benz
  • Dieter Glemser
  • Hans Herrmann
  • Klaus Ludwig
  • Jochen Mass

Mercedes-Benz Classic vehicles.

  • Benz Patent Motor Car (1886)
  • Mercedes 75 PS Spider (1907)
  • Benz Prinz Heinrich car (1910)
  • Mercedes-Benz Formula One racing car W 196 R (1955)
  • Mercedes-Benz 220 D Pickup (W 115, 1973)
Mercedes 75 PS Spider, 1907. Studio shot from 2016 from front right.

Mercedes 75 PS Spider, 1907. Studio shot from 2016 from front right.