On the first weekend in August the 12th edition oft he Classic Days took place at Schloss Dyck. More than 30,000 visitors came to Jüchen again, to enjoy beautiful classic cars and the very special flair of this great auto festival.
Center of attraction No. 1 was the Fiat S76, better known as the “The Beast of Turin”. With more than 28 liters capacity with 4 cylinders, piston as large as water buckets and a speed record of 211 km / h – put up in December 1913! In England, the record car has been restored for 10 years and was seen for the first time at the Classic Days.
Ferrari’s 70th birthday was also celebrated here: Selected models from Maranello were seen on the display. One of the darlings oft he public was the italian Arturo Merzario, Formula 1 star of the 1970s and Niki Lauda’s life guard during his serious accident in 1976 (he pulled him out of the burning wreck). Merzario drove a Ferrari 156 in memory of Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips.
Someone else celebrated his 70th birthday this year: motorsport icon Walter Röhrl drove an Audi quattro Rallye A2 from 1984. Furthermore the Autostadt Wolfsburg had an extra display to honor the legend. Röhrl came with his former co-pilot Christian Geistdörfer on the spot and signed autograms willingly.
The MOTORWORLD Group presented Formula 1 history in its hospitality tent on the Apfelwiese, where Michael Schumacher’s first world champion car, the Benetton Ford B 194-5, was on the display before it finds a firm home in the new MOTORWORLD Köln / Rheinland in spring 2018.
Mercedes also celebrated its anniversary, even twice. On the one hand 90 years of victory at the opening race at the Nürburgring. In 1927, “Caratsch” Caracciola brought the W06 racing car to the first place on the famous Eifel race circuit. On the other hand, „90 years of the Mercedes-Benz S-Type“. Here the Stuttgart based car company brought some of the most beautiful cars from its collection to Schloss Dyck.
Other great names of German motorsport visited the Rheinland: Hans-Joachim „Strietzel“ Stuck, Jochen Mass, Ellen Lohr, Karl Wendlinger and Bernd Mayländer were there and even World Traveller Heidi Hetzer moved her Hudson “Hudo” once again from Berlin to Schloss Dyck.