Schloss Bensberg Classics.

A legendary weekend:

The 8th Schloss Bensberg Classics was a cracker!

Bensberg, July 2016

If we weren’t so enthusiastic we could just sum up the entire weekend in five words: as always, a great success! But that simply would not do justice to this exceptional event. Because it achieved something that hardly seemed possible, by setting new standards once again! Which put it squarely in the tradition of all its predecessors.

It began with a distinct change in the atmosphere when the first vehicles rolled up to the castle on Friday afternoon. After weeks of meticulous planning and preparation, that special SBC magic took command of the situation. In a flash it had imbued everyone involved with a unique mixture of automobile elegance and childlike enthusiasm. 

As every year, the 8th Schloss Bensberg Classics began on Saturday with the Rallye Historique. This year more than 100 teams took the beautiful new route through the Bergisches Land. Among them were the Danish racing driver Tom Kristensen, who with nine overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the most successful driver ever to compete in this legendary long-distance race, as well as Dr Andrea Zagato, head of the famous design and development agency Zagato, who was driving his own creation, the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale Zagato. After completing the morning route, the participants stopped for lunch at one of the most spectacular stately homes in the region: the water palace Schloss Ehreshoven. A new feature this year was that while the participants enjoyed a delicious al fresco luncheon to build up their strength for the next stage, the many visitors were also treated to cool refreshments, snacks and an official welcome for the incoming motor cars.

On Sunday the event culminated in the Concours d’Elégance. Before the imposing backdrop of the castle, a total of 45 carefully selected rarities were presented in 16 competition classes, including eight special categories. This year they again included numerous one-offs, prototypes and design studies. The high-calibre jury consisted of eleven members and was chaired by Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen. After much deliberation it awarded the sought-after ‘Best of Show by Jury’ prize to the Ferrari 340 America Touring Berlinetta. The award for the ‘Best of Show by Public’ went to the BMW 507 Roadster from 1957.

With 14 pre-war vehicles the 8th Schloss Bensberg Classics also reported record participation in the special categories ‘pre-war open’ and ‘pre-war closed’. The jury chairman commented: ‘In addition to the large quantity of participants, we were delighted that the quality of the exhibitors was exceptionally high this year.’

The event was accompanied by a special Porsche exhibition entitled, ‘From R to R – Famous Porsche 911 R models’. Over the course of the event the specially selected 911s, which were built for racing, became some of the spectators’ favourites. By the way, in terms of spectators this year’s event broke another record. Some 4,500 visitors made their way to the Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg and the route of the Rallye Historique.Our thanks go to all the participants for making the event such a success! And after all these impressive figures we would like to have another try at summing everything up, this time in just four words: ‘What a wonderful weekend!’ Just one small detail could be improved: the weather. We’re working on it, and looking forward to next year!

design icon with 640 hp

Andrea Zagato's sports car tz3 in Bensberg.

Bensberg, June 2016

This year a very special car will be making its way from the garage where it is housed to the Schloss Bensberg Classics: The Zagato TZ3 is one of the most exclusive vehicles on display here. Created by the renowned Italian design company Zagato and produced only nine times, this super sports car was a gift on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo in 2010 – and is a nod to the long-standing tradition of the Turin-based brand. Its design is reminiscent of the Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1, a roadworthy racing car from the 1960s with an equally beguiling look. The modern interpretation on display here is privately owned by Marella Zagato, the wife of Dr Andrea Zagato. The designer is a member of this year’s Concours d’Elégance jury, and will also be entering the Rallye Historique with his TZ3.

Little children on a big journey:

Kids are boarding the Samba bus.

Bensberg, June 2016

A very special participant is taking part in the Rallye Historique this year. To be more precise, it is actually the passengers who are extraordinary in this particular event – and, of course, the idea behind it all. Under the motto ‘Little children on a big journey’, the Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg is inviting children from the region to jump on board a T1 Samba bus and go along for the ride. And it will not only be worthwhile for the young passengers who are able to sit in the cult vehicle on this special day. In celebration of the initiative, the Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg will also be making a generous donation to the ‘Wir helfen Kindern’ children’s charity set up by the broadcaster RTL.

Rallye Historique:

Motorsport STAR Tom Kristensen to visit Bensberg.

Bensberg, June 2016

A big name is coming to the 2016 Schloss Bensberg Classics: racing driver Tom Kristensen is set to visit and take part in this year’s Rallye Historique. The demanding tour in and around the Bergisches Land region features numerous regularity tests that call for precision and skilful handling of the acceleration, clutch and brakes – a challenge that the former Audi factory driver will no doubt be delighted to rise to.

Kristensen is one of the best touring car drivers there has ever been. The Dane clinched the overall win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans – one of the toughest motorsport events in the world – no less than nine times, making him the current record holder. He even won it three times in a row in an Audi R8 (2000 to 2002). Kristensen is also unparalleled in the 12 Hours of Sebring, which he won a total of six times. In 2002, he was the American Le Mans Series champion. He also demonstrated his class in the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters): with four race wins, 18 podium positions and nine pole positions, the man from Hobro is one of this event’s most successful drivers too.

Italian delicacies:

50 years of the Lamborghini Miura.

Bensberg, May 2016

This is seduction on wheels: the sight of the legendary Lamborghini Miura is enough to make anyone go weak at the knees. Drafted by the Bertone designer Marcello Gandini and produced between 1966 and 1975, this racy two-seater is considered to be a design icon on wheels. And it doesn’t just look fantastic – it delivers in terms of performance too: its transverse, mid-mounted V12 engine made the Miura one of the fastest sports cars of its era. Visitors to this year’s Schloss Bensberg Classics can look forward to an exclusive model in this series. To mark the 50th production anniversary of the Miura, a Miura P400S from 1968 is being showcased in the special exhibition “The Italian Icon – 50 years of Lamborghini Miura“.

The two-tone P400S (370 hp) is privately owned. Its owner is a Lamborghini enthusiast of many years’ standing who bought this Miura as new in 1968. Since then, the vehicle has notched up a mere 36,000 kilometres on the clock and looks as good as new thanks to the care that has been taken with it.

Special Exhibition:
‘From R to R’.

Bensberg, April 2016

The smell of petrol, asphalt and rubber lingers in the air: in the 2016 Schloss Bensberg Classics, you will experience some of the fastest and most exclusive Porsche 911 production models from the past five decades. This year’s special exhibition is entitled ‘From R to R’ and showcases various generations of the Porsche 911 R/RS models – ultimate sports cars featuring motorsport technology.

The ‘super 911s’ produced by the car make hailing from Zuffenhausen have a long history. It all began with the legendary Porsche 911 R from 1967, which was developed by none other than the Porsche grandchild and technology guru Ferdinand Piëch, who was the head of Development at the time. Just 19 of these prototypes weighing a mere 800 kilograms were made – and this year’s Schloss Bensberg Classics visitors can marvel at one of them.

Special prize in the Concours d’Elegance:
A dream voyage aboard the MS Europa 2 for the ‘Best of Show by Public’.

Bensberg, February 2016

At the Concours d’Elégance, the Schloss Bensberg Classics automobile beauty contest, visitors also choose their favourite – the ‘Best of show by public’. This year, a special and highly exclusive prize awaits the winner: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the traditional luxury cruise company and official sponsor of the Schloss Bensberg Classics 2016, is offering a Mediterranean cruise aboard the MS EUROPA 2.

The dream trip starts on Saturday, 3 June 2017, with a scheduled flight. This seven-day tour promises to reveal the fascination of the Aegean and just a brief look at the itinerary rouses a desire for blue water, green islands and Greek charm. The trip ends on the Turkish coast on 10 June with subsequent transfer to a scheduled flight back to Germany. The trip is for two people in a Category 1 suite including transfers to and from the cruise ship. The value of the trip is 10,160 euros.

Numerous awards including ‘best cruise ship in the world’ show that the EUROPA 2 is far ahead of other ships thanks to its unique concept. Enjoy the highest level of casual luxury – once again awarded the coveted distinction of 5-stars-plus by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2016.

More details will follow soon.

HIGHLIGHTS OF the 2015 Schloss Bensberg ClassicS.