From 5 to 7 August 2017, Schloss Dyck in the Rhineland with its extensive parks will once again be a major attraction for fans of classic automobiles. This year an inimitable sound will be heard during the proceedings of the Classic Days Schloss Dyck: the trumpets of the legendary, supercharged Mercedes-Benz SS and SSK sports cars. Both will take to the circuit as “racing legends” on the estate of this moated castle in the Rhineland. It was with the cars in the S-series that the brand dominated international motorsport in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
This all began in 1927, with the Mercedes-Benz Model S – the “S” standing for “Sport”. Its high-performance six-cylinder engine already generated 88 kW (120 hp) without the help of a supercharger. But when the driver floored the accelerator to activate the mechanical supercharger, this sent 132 kW (180 hp) to the rear wheels. 90 years ago, the brand first used the Model S in motor racing for the opening event of the Nürburgring circuit on 19 June 1927 – and achieved a triple victory. Yet sport is one thing, day-to-day motoring another: until 1933, the S, SS and SSK models – which one would nowadays consider to be super-sports cars – were part of the product range with normal on-road registration. To mark the 90th birthday of the model series, Mercedes-Benz Classic is presenting all three variants at the Classic Days Schloss Dyck. For in addition to the two supercharged sports cars on the circuit, an original Model S dating from 1927 can be admired on the immaculate lawn fronting the orangery directly by the castle.
The other end of the performance scale is represented by the Patent Motor Car of Carl Benz, documenting the latter’s invention of the automobile in 1886. His great-granddaughter Jutta Benz will drive a Patent Motor Car: developing just 0.55 kW (0.75 hp), it will be on the road in a very different but no less seminal era. Because this three-wheeler by Carl Benz marked the start of the automobile’s success story.
From another era altogether is the 300 SLS, with which Mercedes-Benz Classic is celebrating another anniversary. This racing variant of the series-production 300 SL Roadster (W 198) presented in 1957, i.e. 60 years ago, was constructed specifically for Paul O’Shea, who in the same year won the American Sports Car Championship in Category D – for the third time in succession, having driven the 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198) in the first two years.
Numerous Mercedes-Benz brand ambassadors will also be present at the Classic Days Schloss Dyck, and several autograph sessions are planned. Apart from Jutta Benz they include the racing drivers Roland Asch, Klaus Ludwig, Jochen Mass, Bernd Mayländer and Karl Wendlinger. Mayländer is a permanent fixture in Formula 1. He is the driver of the official Safety Car, which has come from the performance brand Mercedes-AMG for many years now. This company is also celebrating a major anniversary this year: AMG was founded in Affalterbach near Stuttgart 50 years ago.
ALL TIME STARS on the Apple Meadow
The array of ALL TIME STARS vehicles on the Apple Meadow at Schloss Dyck rounds off the presentation by Mercedes-Benz Classic. With no less than three red roadsters, the in-house trading arm is presenting an eye-catching display in a prominent location: The 280 SL “Pagoda” (W 113) has undergone comprehensive restoration by the experts at Mercedes-Benz Classic, and is just as it was in 1968 when it left the plant in Sindelfingen. The 300 SL (R 107) dating from 1986 is in extraordinarily good condition: it has an odometer reading of only 16,550 kilometres. And finally there is the SLK 230 Kompressor produced in 1999: it comes from the first generation of the popular SLK Roadster with Vario roof.
ALL TIME STARS opened in 2015. The dealership’s stock of Mercedes-Benz Classics ranges from pre-war classics through to youngtimers. Models from the 1960s and 1980s are particularly popular with customers. ALL TIME STARS ensures maximum transparency by thoroughly examining every vehicle on offer based on 160 criteria, supplemented with a Classic Data assessment. The ALL TIME STARS cars are technically at least in condition 2, and are categorised into several editions.
Classic Days Schloss Dyck
The Classic Days Schloss Dyck take place on the first August weekend of each year. Automobile history is presented at close hand with a successful mix which includes a driving circuit with “Racing Legends”, the Concours d’Elegance “Jewels in the Park” and numerous other presentations. The extensive programme takes place on the 60-hectare estate around the moated castle near Neuss in the Rhineland. The event has firmly established itself as a special festival for fans of youngtimers and oldtimers alike.
Quelle: Mercedes-Benz Classic