Classic Days Schloss Dyck // Germany’s Own Goodwood Festival
Once again the kind people of Ford invited me to join them for a car related event. So I got up quite early for a Sunday to catch the first flight to Cologne. At the airport I was picked up in one of the youngest classics Ford Europe has to offer, a Sierra XR4i. This ride was absolutely mind blowing, I’ve never thought about these cars at all. Believe me, they’re really great fun. (I’m afraid I’m getting more and more attracted by cars of the 80s.)
Due to my flight I missed an official visit at the Ford Classic workshop, so we went straight on to the Classic Days at Schloss Dyck, a kind of a German version of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This is like a time travel and even though I’m not a big fan of classic cars in perfect condition, this event is pretty good fun and definitely worth a visit. There’s a lot of money around at the perfectly trimmed meadows of Schloss Dyck, which means you can smell, hear, see and even touch a lot of damn rare cars, that cost a fortune.
Having the chance to enjoy the raw and unfiltered noise of Ford’s famous Capri RS racecar, driven by Jochen Mass himself, or the original Zakspeed Ford Capri Turbo „Würth” is a pleasure for every petrolhead. So I spend a lot of time at the paddocks.
Besides these racecars of the 70s and 80s there were insane pre-war monsters as well. A Bentley, powered by a Napier airplane engine was spitting fire all the way down the racetrack. Classic and brand new Lancia Stratos were screaming through the alleyway, Toyota brought a nice selection of Japanese engineering masterpieces and of course uncountable Porsche models were pushed hard on this narrow roundtrack.
Of course there are more or less daily driven classics around as well. The huge parking lot was crowded with almost every car you can imagine. Only a few really caught my attention. Like a custom made Rolls Royce Estate with a decent pink paintjob or this amazing Baja Bug rolling on Fuchs wheels.
Before I was heading back to the airport I got my private little chance to visit the Ford Classic workshop. Hell yes, I’d spend a lot of time at this work. I really have to go there once more to take a closer look at this place. What a great way to spend a Sunday, thank you Ford, for this invitation. For much more photos just take a look at the full Flickr set.