In a burning sun, about 27000 visitors had an entertaining weekend at the park of the Schloss Dyck near Juchen – Neus in Germany.Exactly as the previous years, the Classic Days try to reach as much classic car passionate people as possible by inviting clubs to join the partyin the enormous gardens in front of the castle, and bidding them lots of parking space per club and the possibility to enjoy a lovely pick-nickwhile watching the ‘Racing Legends’ making the 3km laps round the premises.
Despite a slightly smaller number of participants in the ‘Racing Legends’, it was great to see cars like the 1923 Fiat ‘Mefistotele’ with an engine capacityof 21.7 liter or an original Porsche 550A Spyder doing their laps.
The Classic Days have a FIVA Top-concourse d’elegance too, ‘jewels in the Park, which just on its own is worth visiting. 45 exclusive cars, some of the unique piecesof which only 1 is build, prototypes… name it, and the ‘Jewels in the Park’ has it. The concourse d’elegance had the oldest known Volkswagen Beetle among the participants.
Actually, this car dates from the type before the car was even known as a Volkswagen. It was one of the prototype Dr Ferdinand Porsche built back in 1937, and even thechassis number plate bears the Porsche tag. Another amazing car was the Sagitta owned by a fellow Porsche literature collector, Walter Traxler from Austria. A stunning carwith an amazing streamline. To complete the concourse d’elegance, there was an exhibition to celebrate 115 years Erdmann & Rossi, with no less than 15 spectacular and unique body coachesbuilt by this coachbuilder.
Probably everybody knows the movie Le Mans, in which Michael Delaney, played by Steve McQueen jumps in a Porsche 917 to participate in the 24hour endurance race. The car Steve McQueen jumped intocould be admired at the Classic Days, both in action during the laps as next to Chanabe Porsche in its booth. Lovely to see those iconic cars in the famous Gulf livery. Next to the booth of those 2 cars, you could enjoy an original Opel Transporter, used back in the days by the Porsche Racing team. It was accompanied by an original Porsche 550 Spyder and an Apal Porsche.By the way, in case you had the big bucks ready in your wallet, you could make an offer to buy the Opel Transporter and Porsche 550 Spyder. Just a few cars further, a rare and valuable Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster.
Paul-Ernst Strähle JR brought the famous WN-V2, probably the best known Porsche 356 Carrera in existence. His father, Paul Ernst Strähle had a strong connection with the Porsche factory back in the days, and once even rejected an offer to drive as a Mercedes factory driver by claiming he was a Porsche driver at heart.