Classic Car Concours & Rally at Schloss Bensberg

16.09.2009      Autor: Kay MacKenneth

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See the detailed video part 1 about the exclusive classic car Concours, the 2nd Bensberg Classics.

For the 2.nd time the Bensberg Classics took place high over the scenery of Cologne in the splendid baroque backdrop of the castle Bensberg. For two days the grand hotel stood in the focus of international Classic Car fans . Rare vintage classics, valuable unique cars and prototypes were issued under the patronage of the Volkswagen group in the park of the grand hotel.


Special about the Bensberg Classics is the combination of the Beauty-Concours and the rally experience. Some of the Concours participants took part of the rally Historique, a 190-kilometre-long "shred hunt" throught the nearby country side. Wonderful views, fun-bringing curves and demanding up hill streets made the journey an experience for it´s own. German Actor Thomas Heinze was on the move with his wife Jackie Brown and son Sam in a VW samba bus. Erol Sander had fun in a VW beach buggy Apal. The roles had exchanged this year in the actor's Dream team Andrea Sawatzki and Christian Berkel, as he took over as a driver. For some rally participants the journey in the classic car and the simultaneous reading of the Roadbook was a real challenge.

Gallery of the 2. Schloss Bensberg Classics 2010

At lunchbreak the blue Bugatti Type 35 with Bentley CEO Franz Josef Paefgen and Bugatti manager Dr. Stefan Brungs arrived first at the castle Lerbach. A short elegant refreshment and strengthening during the picnic in the park of the idyllic hotel, and on it went to the second part of the rally.


The jury of the Concours d'Elégance consisted of high-carat car experts like, among the rest, Giorgetto Giugiaro, an excellent car designer, Chris Bangle, the former leader of the design teams at BMW Group. Sandra Button, the president of the legendary Concours d'Elégance in Pebble Beach, as well as formula one Racing driver Jacky Ickx. Walter de'Silva, chief designer of the Volkswagen AG has been the chairman of the jury.

The internationally occupied professional jury had to choose the classic car from seven categories. As a winner in whole and winner in the category "Prewar open "the Bugatti 57 cabriolet with a Gangloff car body, owned by Franz van Haaren from the Netherlands, drove on the ramp. "Best of show" in the favour of the audience was the Mercedes 540 K convertible / A from Klaus Kienle. In the category "Prewar closed", the winner has been the Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Mille Miglia. The trophy for "Postwar closed" and two other prices went to rare Porsche 901 of Alois Ruf. As the most beautifull classic "postwar open ", a Mercedes 300 SL convertible which belonged to racing driver Rudolf Caracciola was chosen. The Ferrari 250 GT Europe got the price "Italian elegance". In the category Show cars the price went to collector Heiko Seekamp with his Ghia G 230 S. In the new class of the supersports-cars the very rare French prototype Monica 560 made the race.

The next Bensberg Classics will take place from the 16th to the 18th of September, 2011.

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