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Schloss Dyck, 31.07-01.08.2010

With their fifth edition the Classic Days at SchloƟ Dyck established themselves as Germans premium event. They are often compared with the very popular Goodwood events and although there are still differences especially in size there are indeed some similarities. The Classic Days combine the charm of the Revival with demonstration runs as they could be seen on the Festival of Speed. Furthermore both share the same symbol, an alley with chequered flags around the trees, once black (Goodwood) or red at SchloƟ Dyck.

The Classic Days are basically divided in three major parts, the concours (ā€œJewels in the Parkā€), the demonstration laps (ā€œRacing Legendsā€) on a closed off course and the extensive supporting programme. The last consists of a pick nick area, a historic camping place and a huge visitors parking place for classic cars to name a few. The parking place had to be closed on both days due to overcrowding showing that the visitors actively take part bringing their own car.

The concours is held in the orangery of the castle and included several high profile cars in different classes as specified by the FIVA. A stunning Maserati A6 G2000 with beautiful two-tone Allemano body, a very rare Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia and several Delahayes where presented in the marvellous garden with the moated castle as a background. The castle itself was covered in a scaffold with a huge wallpaper of the initial state to show the work in progress restoration as all the gains of the event are used by the organising club to proceed the rebuild.
Best of Show became a Duesenberg Model X with Boat tail body entered from America showing the reputation of the event even outside Germany.

The Racing Legends were divided in several classes sorted by age of the cars and were presented on a triangle course near the castle. Of particular interest was once more the meeting of several of the white supercharged Mercedes-Benz and many Bentleys brought over by the Benjafield Racing Club to relive the old rivalry between the so called ā€œwhite elephantsā€ and the big green trucks ( so named by Ettore Bugatti ). On Saturday they had even the opportunity to challenge in the quarter-mile.
In other classes the cars span the era from the oldest car on the track, an De Dion Bouton from 1908 to cars of the 1950s and 60s including several Jaguars, Porsches and Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.

Highlights are the many demonstration runs by the attendant manufacturers indicating the significance of the event as few others can count on the factory support of Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Opel and Toyota at the same time.
Mercedes-Benz showed once more their supercars of the last 100 year including a Simplex driven by Jochen Mass, a 720 SSK driven by the head of the museum Michael Bock, the famous 300 SLR Uhlenhaut CoupƩ with Hans Herrman behind the wheel, the C111 and a CLK-GTR to promote the latest SLS.
Porsche brought over a 936 C and a 908/3 for the track and a 917 on static display, the later two coloured in the famous Gulf tone.
Audi brought their own Auto Union D-Type that was joined be the A-Type Replica entered by the Belgium DĀ“Iteren group.
Alfa Romeo celebrated their centenary with a 159 Alfetta, the Tipo 33 Stadale Prototipo, a Tipo B and a 6C 3000 CM. The later twos were demonstrated by assorted members of the press over the weekend.
Opel demonstrated their recreation of the RAK2 that achieved 238 km/h in 1928 powered by 24 rockets. The recreation today runs an ordinary engine to demonstrate it in tracks like this.
Toyota celebrated 40 years of the Celica and the European meeting of the 2000 GT that featured 7 of the remaining 31 examples in Europe. Six of them were painted in the usual red but one was white as driven by James Bond in the movie ā€œYou only live twiceā€.
Another James Bond car was displayed by RM Auctions to preview their forthcoming auction ā€œAutomobiles of Londonā€. The Aston Martin DB5 originally driven by Sean Connery in the movie ā€œGoldfingerā€ features all the gadgets as machine gun behind the bumpers, armoured back plate, rotating number pate and what else James Bond needed.

With almost 40000 Visitors on the two days the Classic Days were once more a great success and one should mark the first weekend of August 2011 for the next edition. We are looking forward to report about this.

Text & Images Peter Singhof  www.ClassicCarPhotography.de


Entries of particular interest

01 De Dion Bouton GP Wagen 1908
02 Opel Rennwagen GP1 1914
03 Locomobile M48 Speed Car 1916
04 Amilcar C5 1923
05 Cunningham Speedster 1924
06 Bentley 8 Litre 1925
07 Bugatti T13 Brescia 1925
08 Mercedes-Benz SSK 1929
09 Mercedes-Benz SS Rennsport 1929
10 Bugatti T37 A GP 1927
11 Bentley 4 Ā½ Litre Open Tourer 1928 s/n PM3264
12 Mercedes-Benz SS Rennsport 1928
13 Bugatti T35 C 1930
14 Aston Martin 1 Ā½ Litre International 1930 s/n KO/88
15 Mercedes-Benz 710 SSKL 1931
16 Lagonda M45 Tourer 1933
17 Austin Seven 2 seater special 1933
18 MG K1 four seater tourer 1933
19 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre 1928 s/n XL3120
20 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 A Botticella 1936
21 Bentley B190 HK 4 Ā¼ open 2 seater 1937
22 BMW 328 1937
23 Opel Super 6 GlƤser Cabriolet 1937
24 Alvis 12/70 Special 1939
25 BMW 328 Roadster 1939
26 Lagonda V12 Le Mans
27 Opel
51 Jaguar XK120 OTS 1950
52 Jaguar XK120 Lightweight 1950
53 Jaguar XKC 1953
54 Jaguar XKC Baron 1953
55 Panhard 750 SS MM 1954
56 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 1954
57 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 1955
58 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster GT 1955
59 Kellison 1955
60 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 1955
61 Healey 100/4 Le Mans 1955
62 Gordini 8 1955
64 Porsche 356 ATI CoupƩ 1600 1956
65 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe 1956
66 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 1956
67 AC Ace Bristol 1957
68 Aston Martin DB2/4 1958
69 Porsche 356 A GT CoupƩ 1959
70 Austin Healey BT7 1959
71 Lotus 17 1959
72 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato SZ 1960
73 Lotus Elite 1960
74 Austin Healey 3000 MKII 1961
75 Jaguar E Lightweight 1961
76 Austin Healey 3000 MKII 1961
77 Volvo P1800 1961
78 Ferrari 330 GT Speciale 1964
79 AC Cobra 289 1964
81 De Tomaso Mangusta 1967
82 Maserati Ghibli 1969
83 Ferrari 365 GTC 1969
84 Steinmetz Commodore GS 3000 1970
85 Jaguar E-Type Serie III 1971
86 BMW 3.5 CSL Renncoupe 1972
88 HWM
90 Vauxhall 20/60 Hurlingham Roadster 1929
91 Riley MPH 14/6 1932
92 Alvis Firefly Open Tourer 1932
93 Aston Martin Le Mans 1933 B3/329/S
96 AC 16/70 Sports 1937
100 Bentley 4 Ā½ Litre 1927 s/n RN3031
101 Bentley 4 Ā½ Litre 1927 s/n ST3024
104 Bentley 3 Litre SC 1923 s/n 221
105 Bentley 4 Ā½ Litre SC 1929 s/n DS3574
106 Bentley Speed Six 1929 s/n LB2330
107 Bentley ā€žThe other gunā€œ s/n BL1623
109 Bentley Speed Six 1929 s/n LB2333
110 Bentley 4 Ā½ Litre SC 1930 s/n FS3623
111 Bentley 8 Litre Open Tourer 1931
113 Bentley 4 Ā½ Litre 1929 s/n HB3421
118 Bentley Old Mother Gun s/n ST3001
120 MG Monoposto 1930
121 MG PA 1934
122 Maserati 250 F 1957 s/n CM5
123 Cooper Formel 3 MK6 1952
124 Stanguellini Formel Junior 1959
125 Brabham BT-ZT 1967
126 Lotus 61 FF 1969
127 Merlyn MKII A 1969
128 March 732 Formel 2
151 Bugatti T35

400 Harley-Davidson 1916 F 1916
401 Henderson de Luxe 1922
402 JAP-Tottenham KT 1000 1926
403 Harley-Davidson Pea Shooter-Racer 1926
404 AWD R500 1927
406 Indian Daytona 101 Racer 1928
407 Norton C51 1928
408 Harley-Davidson ID 1200 Racer 1928
409 Moto Guzzi Sport 14 Special 1928
410 Velocette KTS 1929
411 Morgan Super Sports Three Wheeler 1937
412 Norton International Gardengate 1938
413 Indian Scout 1938
416 Vincent Shadow 1939
417 Gilera 500 Sport 1945
418 Indian
420 AWD S 500 1925
421 Stoll Eigenbau 1929
422 Morgan Three Wheeler 1929
423 BSA G14 1935
424 BMW R75/66 1938
425 Harley-Davidson U-Gespann 1947

C01 Bentley 3 Litre 1923
C02 Minerva AC 30 HP Works 1925
C03 Morris Cowley Bullnose 2 seater Open Tourer 1926
C04 OM 665 Superba MM 1927
C05 Duesenberg Model X Boat Roadster 1927
C06 Rolls Royce Phantom II 1929
C07 Skoda 645 1930
C08 Mercedes-Benz 710 SS
C09 Bugatti T44
C10 Jaguar SS1 Four Light Sallon 1935
C11 Rolls Royce Phantom II 1935
C12 Lagonda LG45 DHC 1936
C13 Horch 853A 1937
C14 Bentley Derby 4 Ā¼ Litre DHC 1937
C15 Peugeot 402 L / E4Y 1938
C16 Isotta-Fraschini 8A Roadster by Castagna 1928
C20 Delahaye 135 M 1948
C21 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet Pinin Farina 1949
C22 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Touring Berlinetta 1949
C23 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Pinin Farina Coupe 1953
C24 Alfa Romeo 1900 CS Touring Berlinetta 1953
C25 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlinetta 1956
C26 Maserati A6 G 200 Coupe Allemano Speciale 1956
C27 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster 1960
C28 Berkeley B95 1960
C29 Delahaye 135 M Coupe 1950
C30 Mercedes-Benz 300 D Cabrio 1961
C31 Alfa Romeo Montreal
C32 Lancia Flaminia 3 C Supersport 1966
C33 Citroen DS Cabriolet Usine 1969
C35 Delahaye 135 M Letourneur & Marchand 1950
C36 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet
C37 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet
C38 Alvis Firefly 12 Sports 4-Seater 1932
C39 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 1955
C41 Fiat Colli / Topolino Sport Barchetta 1936
C42 Skoda Sagitta 1936
C43 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Speciale 1947
C44 Bently MKVI DHC 1950
C45 Fiat 8V Supersonic 1954 s/n 000055
C46 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre DHC
C47 Bugatti T57 C Aravis Letourneur&Marchand 1939
C49 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Castagna

Alfa Romeo 159 Alfetta
Alfa Romeo 1900
Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Prototipo
Alfa Romeo GTA s/n 10559
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale Prototype
Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3

Amphicar Schwimmwagen
Aston Martin DB 2/4 MKII DHC
Aston Martin DB5 "James Bond - Goldfinger"
Audi Quattro IMSA
Auto Union A-Typ
Auto Union D-Typ

Bentley 4 Ā½ Litre 1928 s/n FT3222
Bentley 8 Litre DHC by Mead 1931 s/n YM5033
Bentley Sonderlauf
Borgward Isabella
Bosch Service Van
Bugatti Royale Esder Roadster

Daracq Motorwagen 1900
Ford Quadricycle 1896
Ju 52 Demo Flight
KMW Porsche SP20 1970

Mercedes Simplex 1902
Mercedes-Benz 300 D Adenauer
Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut CoupƩ 1955
Mercedes-Benz C111 1976
Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR 2002
Mercedes-Benz SLS 2010
Mercedes-Benz SSK 1928

Opel GT Display
Opel Raketenwagen RAK
Porsche 550 Spider
Porsche 908/3 1970
Porsche 936 C 1970
Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club
Stanley Mann and Michael Rudnig
Toyota 2000 GT
Toyota Celica 4x4
Toyota LFA
Veritas Demonstration Run