Schloss Bensberg Classics

Something like 500 events meanwhile fill the seasonal calendar of historical vehicle meetings in and around Germany. The Schloss Bensberg Classics is undoubtedly one of the scene’s top events, and it’s turn came around again on the first weekend of June. Among the parade of countless motoring treasures this year was the BMW Dixi DA1 Ihle roadster from the MOTORWORLD collection, which achieved a magnificent third place in its category.

For the eighth year in a row, the grounds of Schloss Bensberg just outside of Cologne were transformed for two days into an exuberant and colourful world of motoring enthusiasts. An accomplished blend of passion and lifestyle makes the Schloss Bensberg Classics a particularly popular event: the Rally Historique on the Saturday (this year featuring over 100 motoring rarities), the premium-class Concours d’Elegance on the Sunday, and two days of out-of-this-world food and beverages. It is also true to say that every car on show in the magnificent courtyard of the Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg has written history. This is acknowledged by a star-studded jury, while visitors also choose their favourite cars and select the “Best of Show (public)”.

With 15 hp into 3rd place
The Rally Historique meanders for some 200 kilometres through the Bergisches Land region. Also taking part was the 1927 BMW Dixi DA1 Ihle roadster from the MOTORWORLD Collection. Behind the wheel sat Wolfgang Marschik, architect and authorised officer of MOTORWORLD Consulting, who drove the small, pre-war car with its 15 horsepower to its limits, even occasionally reaching its top speed of around 78 km/h. The little roadster soon became one of the crowd’s favourites. The result of this passionate effort by man and machine: 3rd place in the category “Under the white and blue sky – 100 years of BMW”. Winner of the rally was a 1957 BMW 507 roadster, which also pocketed the “Best of Show (public)” prize.

Much to marvel at, much to celebrate
The noise level soared as the winner of the class “The spirit of the seventies – Motor sports cars of the 70s” rolled up the ramp: a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Competizione. Likewise blessed with sporting genes was the winner in the category of “Best of both worlds – European sports cars with American power”, a 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C Stradale from 1965. Visitors were also able to marvel at a Vette Ventura Apollo 5000 GT. Probably the only one of its kind in Germany, its front and side profile are deceptively similar to those of a Ferrari, although it has its origins at the Italian company Intermeccanica, A Siata 1400 GS Spyder SL, which rolled over the ramp in its class “Rare European sports cars”, invoked a feeling of the Italian Riviera.
Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year is Carrozzeria Touring, makers of the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Aerolux owned by the German collector Heiko Seekamp, who was able to savour first place in the category of “The art of lightness”. Another vehicle from the Touring stable, a 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Touring, won the special class for the best open-top car. All in all, there was once again much to marvel and celebrate at the Schloss Bensberg Classics 2016. Congratulations to all the winners!