Ratty 356 eclipses show queens at Schloss Dyck


Dozens of classics spanning more than 100 years of automotive history went on display at Schloss Dyck, near Düsseldorf from 31 July to 2 August for the annual Classic Days celebration. 

Three of the event’s highlights were brought to the castle by Volkswagen’s Autostadt museum. They included a 1907 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, a 1930 Bentley 8 Litre and a 1931 Bugatti Royale. 

Racing legend Sir Stirling Moss was also on hand, taking part in marathon autograph sessions throughout the weekend. 

However, the star of the show for many lacked the polished finish of the headline trio: the 1956 Porsche 356 Pre-A T1 wore its history on its patinated bodywork. The car was originally bought by a US pilot stationed in Germany, and later shipped to Alaska, where it was discovered in 2013 by Belgian specialist Manufacture Tempels. The firm carried out a sympathetic recommissioning prior to the show. 

Elsewhere, a 1960 Lancia Loraymo drew excited crowds in a tent housing cars from the Alfa Romeo and Fiat museums. The 1959 Raymond Loewy-penned prototype never entered production and, for a time, was used as the designer’s personal transport. 

One of this year’s featured marques was Bristol, which was celebrated by a gathering of 22 classics, ranging from a 1949 400 Farina through to the Fighter of 2006. 

An impressive selection of Facel Vegas was also on show, with six vehicles including a majestic 1960 Excellence making an appearance. 

Even rarer was a Maier streamliner prototype, which was built in 1935 using DKW components. 

German motoring organisation ADAC presented a period filling station diorama, with a 1927 Hanomag 2/10 as its centre piece. The Hanomag was one of the first cars used by ADAC for roadside assistance. 

As ever, pre-war cars played a major role at Classic Days, with Mercedes-Benz SSKs and Le Mans-type Bentleys featuring heavily on the entry list.

From Britain, Jaguar Heritage contributed five classics, including a 1989 Daimler 420, which was once photographed with the Queen Mother. 




in the picture with sir Stirling Moss is another well known driver sitting next to him: Hans Joachim Stuck. Maybe that was missed by the editor?

It is a fantastic event that I intend to visit again next year!

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