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During the Classic Days Schloss Dyck 2016, Mercedes-Benz will relate a fascinating chapter in the brand's 130-year history: the tradition of open-top automobiles as symbols of luxurious sportiness. The Mercedes-Benz 500 K Special Roadster can be admired in the orangery during the "Jewels in the Park" concours d’é légance. In the drivers' paddock and on the 2.8-kilometre long circuit, Jutta Benz will present the Patent Motor Car and Ellen Lohr and Roland Asch the Mercedes 120 HP racing car of 1906 and the Mercedes-Benz 500 SL rally car (R 107) of 1981. In addition there is a strong presence by the ALL TIME STARS (ATS), with numerous open-top cars: The lineup of models for sale from the Mercedes-Benz Museum is expected to include a Mercedes-Benz 630 supercharged car, a 280 SL "Pagoda" (W 113), a 300 SL (R 107), an SLK 32 AMG (R 170), a smart crossblade and an E 320 Cabriolet (A 124), as well as a model 230 (W 123) Saloon. The Classic Days Schloss Dyck will take place from 5 to 7 August, 2016 near Neuss, at one of the most elegant moated castles in the Lower Rhine region.
The first automobile ever built may not have been a roadster in the modern sense. But it was definitely the precursor: when Carl Benz registered the patent for his Patent Motor Car in 1886, the Mannheim-based genius was also laying the foundations for a magnificent history of sporty, open-top automobiles from Mercedes-Benz. The Stuttgart brand's journey into the history of this multi-faceted tradition at the Classic Days Schloss Dyck therefore begins with the Benz Patent Motor Car. It can be admired in the drivers' paddock, and will also be taken for demonstration runs by Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador Jutta Benz. In addition, racing drivers Roland Asch and Ellen Lohr will take part in special runs during the "Racing Legends" part. The two Mercedes-Benz brand ambassadors will drive the 110 year-old Mercedes 120 HP racing car and the 500 SL rally car. The racing car was developed by Wilhelm Maybach in 1906. It was the first competition car by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft to have a six-cylinder engine. 75 years later, Mercedes-Benz prepared the 500 SL rally car from the R 107 series for the 1981 season. It was intended to continue the successes of the SLC Coupés (C 107) in 1978 to 1980, but was never used in competition.
Alongside the activities on the circuit, the "Jewels in the Park" exhibition with highlights in the cultural history of the automobile and the topic-related shows are the main events of the Classic Days Schloss Dyck. Among the jewels on display in the orangery is a 500 K Special Roadster of 1934 from the Mercedes-Benz collection. During its production period in the mid-1930s, this extremely elegant and powerful supercharged model was one of the most exclusive of all sports cars.
The stars shine along with the jewels during this classic car festival at Schloss Dyck near Neuss. Because the ALL TIME STARS from Mercedes-Benz Classic (www.alltime-stars.com) can be admired in the "Plumtree Meadow" and in the drivers' paddock. Four fascinating classics can be seen in the parklands surrounding the moated castle during the Classic Days: The history of the SL sports cars is represented by a 280 SL (W 113) and a 300 SL (R 107). The 113 series bears the nickname "Pagoda" by virtue of its characteristic, dished hardtop. The 280 SL produced from 1968 to 1971 was the most powerful variant in this model series. The 300 SL was a model in the facelifted generation of the 107 series. The Roadster was in production from 1985 to 1989. Produced from 1975 to 1980, the Mercedes-Benz 230 (W 123) lay exactly between the two sports cars. One of the very recent and completely uncompromising classics in the ATS range is the smart crossblade, which Mercedes-Benz Classic is also showing in the "Plumtree Meadow". This special version of the first smart ForTwo Convertible (450 series) was produced in 2002 as a limited and particularly airy model with no windscreen, roof or conventional doors.
ALL TIME STARS in action
On Saturday (6 August) and Sunday (7 August), three further ATS cars will take part in special Mercedes-Benz runs on the 2.8-kilometre long circuit. The star attraction here is the supercharged Model 630 dating from 1929. This car with a supercharged six-cylinder engine has open touring car coachwork, and is part of the ATS Concours Edition. The first generation of compact Mercedes-Benz roadsters with a steel roof is represented by the SLK 32 AMG (R 170) built in 2002 from the Collectors Edition. And finally the E 320 Cabriolet (A 124) of 1994 represents the elegant, open-top four-seaters in the successful Mercedes-Benz 124 series. The participation of all the for-sale vehicles at the Classic Days Schloss Dyck is contingent upon their not being sold beforehand.
The programme for the Classic Days Schloss Dyck begins on Friday (5 August) at 10 a.m., and at 9 a.m. on the Saturday and Sunday. On the Friday and Saturday the event comes to an end at 6 p.m., and on the Sunday at 5 p.m. Admission is from 9 a.m. on Friday, and from 7 a.m. (participating vehicles) and 7.30 a.m. (access for visitors) on the other two days. The Classic Days Schloss Dyck have been voted the "Event of the Year 2016" by readers of the specialist magazine "Motor Klassik".