Kings of the castle have a great weekend in Germany


The 6th Schloss Dyck Classic Days event took place on 6-7 August against the lovely backdrop of the 1000-year old castle Dyck near Jüchen in Germany. Over the course of the weekend more than 30,000 visitors swarmed through the gates.

To celebrate 125 years of the motor car and 100 years since the birth of five-times World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, Mercedes-Benz presented its replica of the first motor car, Karl Benz's Patent Motorwagen as well as Fangio’s Mercedes 300 SLR “658” which started at 6.58 am in the Mille Miglia 1955.

Historic cars and motorcycles up to 1961 drove a regularity race on a 2.8km long track in memory of local boy Graf Berghe von Trips who died 50 years ago in September 1961 at Monza.

Runs on the track showcased cars from traditional vehicle manufacturers such as Ford, Volkswagen, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Veritas as well as classic motorcycles and Monoposto.

Another attraction was the Jewels in the Park Concours d’ Elegance, in which 40 cars vied for honours while other exhibitions a selection of post-war microcars and historic caravans.

As well as club displays, Classic Days offered a trade area with watches, books, clothing and spares and also had a dedicated and family friendly picnic area, where visitors could take a rest while sitting on straw.

Many visitors dressed themselves in traditional clothes to complement the spirit of the festival and especially its vintage fashion show.

For results and more info on this fast-growing event, see the website.

Story and pictures by Ralph Dolega and Brigitte Schaaf-Dolega

A selection of photos of event highlights follows. Double click on any photo to launch a slide show of all the images.



This event has evolved into one of the top classic car events in Germany within a very few years.
It's even more remarkable knowing that it still gets organised by a very small team of unpaid volunteers with all proceeds going into a fund to pay for the upkeep and renovation of the estate.
Being a participant from the very first event it's a pleasure to see how many improvements on the deteriorating buildings have in the meantime already been realised.
In addition to some manufacturers support as from the motorsport departments of companies like Ford, Mercedes or Bentley the strong presence of the 'Bentley Boys' representing the Bentley Drivers Club and the Benjafields Racing Club is always a crowd favourite.
The total atmosphere is very relaxed and somewhat similar to the early 'Festivals of Speed' at Goodwood when they were more like a garden party for like minded enthusiasts in the park of a stately home instead of the heavily commercialised open air motor show with a strong Formula 1 bias that they have become in recent years.
Hopefully, the 'Classic Days' at Schloss Dyck can keep their unique spirit alive for the foreseeable future!

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