Once a year, the air is full of gasoline and magic in the 22,000-inhabitants community of Jüchen in Western Germany when automobile enthusiasts from all over the world flock to the picturesque town in order to see a vast array of chrome-flashing classic cars, young classics, exciting exotics and legendary racing cars at the beautiful Castle Dyck.
This past weekend, the „Classic Days“ brought back many memories of the good old times of timeless automobile design for the twelfth time. Thanks to its very special atmosphere and the great mix of race circuit, Concours d’Élegance and family picnics many consider the Classic Days being the “German Goodwood”. Engines, automobile Jewels for all tastes, clubs, over nine decades of automobile history, a colorful program and a stylish garden party in the castle grounds – this mixture creates a very special atmosphere. The Volkswagen Group presented itself with the Autostadt, Volkswagen Classic and Volkswagen Classic Parts and presented numerous historically significant exhibits.
With its rally cars and trend-setting technology-prototypes, Volkswagen Classic highlighted not one but two topics and the show-rides on the 2.8 kilometer circuit were impressive both visually and acoustically. In the Racing Legends category, Volkswagen Classic had two rally pros in the paddock: the famous Golf Mark I “Pierburg” from 1979 with 158kW / 215 hp and the 143 kW / 195 hp strong replica of the Rallye Golf G60 Group A from 1990. In the brand variety category, Volkswagen Classic showed a beautiful original Golf Mark I GTI and a rare Volkswagen 1100 Cabriolet Hebmüller.
In the Classic Corner, electrified rarities could be seen at the Volkswagen Classic stand. Within the scope of a special exhibition about the history of electro-mobility at Volkswagen, three exciting milestones from more than 40 years of e-development were shown: the futuristic NILS study, a single-seater electric study designed for urban spaces in 2011, as well as two electronic pioneers, a Golf Mark II CityStromer and Jetta Mark II CityStromer. The electrified cars successfully illustrated the R&D work of alternative drive and vehicle concepts at Volkswagen. Just in time for the weekend, the weather god was conciliatory and made all chrome parts and high-gloss polished bodies shine in full glow in front of the impressive water castle backdrop. The experience of immersing oneself in this marvelous setup with many like-minded attracted more than 40,000 visitors on three days this year.
A vast number of prominent faces, clubs and private visitors with their stunning vehicles were the ice on the program cake of the motor-festival.
For the fans, it is now time to wait until August 2018 – then the doors to Schloss Dyck will be re-opened for the 13th edition of an event that is definitely worth visiting.