John Surtees stars at mammoth German classic show

| 15 Aug 2013

More than 40,000 enthusiasts visited Schloss Dyck Classic Days in Germany from 2-4 August.

Former motorcycle and Formula 1 World Champion John Surtees was the event’s special guest and was joined by drivers such as LeMans-winner Jochen Mass.

The main attraction of the meet was the 80 racing legends and motorcycles on the regularity race track, covering everything from a Volvo P1800S to the stunning 1923 Fiat Mefistofele. The 21.7-litre car broke the World Land Speed Record in 1924 reaching 146mph in Arpajon, France.

Meanwhile, the Jewels in the Park displayed 45 rare cars and featured special displays from Mercedes-Benz, Horch and Rolls-Royce dedicated to the 115th anniversary of coachbuilder Erdmann & Rossi. Best of Show went to a 1939 Talbot Lago T120.

Visitors’ vehicles provided a spectacle of their own, though, and included microcars, British sports cars and a host of German classics.

Meanwhile, vintage aircraft flew overhead and there were stalls selling automobilia and old-style fashion shows.

Words and pictures: Ralph Dolega