SCHLOSS BENSBERG CLASSICS.
An incredible journey:
the course of the Rallye Historique.
Bensberg, April 2015
Once again this year, the Rallye Historique will lead its participants through the most beautiful regions in the Bergisches Land. Starting in front of the spectacular backdrop of the Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg, the morning stage of the Rallye will proceed through around 85 kilometres of the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis and pass through the localities of Seelscheid, Schönenberg, Wohlfahrt and Oberheister, among others. Via Marialinden and Vilkerath, the course continues to Schloss Ehreshoven, one of the grandest noble residences in the region, for lunch. Along the way, a driving ability test will be held in the Porsche Zentrum Bensberg. During the break at Am Lüderich Golf Club in Overath, the participants will undergo two tests of driving consistency.
The afternoon route is around 100 kilometres long and initially heads south via Much and Ruppichteroth, before turning north again via Marienfeld, Ruppichteroth and Lindlar. On this part of the course, too, there will be various special stage tests to complete.
Schloss Bensberg Classics will be appearing
at the 27th Techno Classica.
Bensberg, April 2015
The beating heart of the classic-car scene: almost 200,000 visitors streamed into the Grugahallen in Essen in 2014, and this year’s Techno Classica will once again live up to its reputation as the biggest trade fair for classic cars in the world. As usual, over 1,250 exhibitors from more than 30 countries and over 2,500 collectors’ vehicles from all eras are expected to appear.
Of course, Schloss Bensberg Classics will also be present at Techno Classica with an exclusive booth. From 15 to 19 April 2015, we will be providing you with all the details of the main highlights of the event – the Concours d’Elégance and the Rallye Historique – at our booth in Hall 7.0. If you are interested in participating in either of these competitions, we will be happy to explain how you can register with your classic car.
Our trade fair appearance will be supported by a very special automotive guest: you can look forward to witnessing the Laurin & Klement Type S, an open touring car constructed in 1911. This wonderful vehicle can be admired at Schloss Bensberg Classics in mid-July as part of the special exhibition ‘120 years of Škoda’ – which will also feature numerous other legendary vehicles from the long-established Czech manufacturer.
We will be very happy to answer any questions you may have about Schloss Bensberg Classics in person at Techno Classica 2015. We look forward to seeing you there.
Exclusive special exhibitions:
rally legends of the Group B era and 120 years of Škoda.
Bensberg, March 2015
This year, Schloss Bensberg Classics will again be presenting two fascinating special exhibitions. From 17 to 19 July 2015, numerous classics from past eras will transform the beautiful palace garden of the Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg into a very special open-air automotive museum: experience rally legends of the Group B era and ŠKODA classics from the last 120 years – live and up close!
The legend of Group B
The so-called ‘Group B’ only found its way into international rally driving for four short years – and yet the vehicles of that era (1983–1986) are passionately revered by fans to this day. This is primarily down to the overwhelming power with which manufacturers were permitted to arm their vehicles for the World Rally Championship at that time – made possible by a change to the regulations. Up to 600 h.p. was brought to the asphalt and gravel tracks, the looks were dominated by aerodynamic accessories of almost monstrous dimensions.
An impressive selection of automotive stars will up the adrenaline levels at this year’s Schloss Bensberg Classics: Audi Sport quattro S1, MG Metro 6R4, Citroen BX 4TC, Ford RS 200, Lancia 037, Lancia Delta S4, Peugeot 205 Turbo 16, Toyota Celica Twincam Turbo and Renault 5 Turbo.
120 years of ŠKODA AUTO
The long-established Czech manufacturer ŠKODA can look back on 120 years of history. It was in 1885 that Vàclav Laurin and Vàclav Klement laid the foundations for the varied company history of one of the world’s oldest car manufacturers with the Laurin & Klement bicycle factory in Mladá Boleslav. In 1925, L&K merged with ŠKODA Works.
At Schloss Bensberg Classics, you will have the opportunity to experience an exclusive selection of historic Škoda milestones at close range: ŠKODA 935, Superb OHV 3000, Rapid Cabrio de Luxe 1937, L&K S, L&K 110 and L&K Voiturette.
Special prize in the Concours d'Elégance:
A dream voyage aboard the MS Europa for the ‘Best of Show by Public’.
Bensberg, June 2015
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 2015, is offering a cruise aboard the MS EUROPA.
The winner in the category ‘Best of Show by Public’ at the Concours d’Elégance 2015 will embark on a fascinating maritime voyage with Nordic flair from 19 September till 1 October 2015. Ports of call along the way include the former Hanseatic city of Gdańsk, Kaliningrad, Oslo and Amsterdam. The twelve-day trip for two people starts in Kiel and ends in Hamburg.
The 198.60-metre-long MS Europa is one of the most beautiful yachts in the world. A crew of 285 ensures the well-being of up to 400 passengers; a total of 204 luxurious suites are available. Service and gastronomy are of the very highest standards: the MS Europa has just been awarded a “5-star plus” rating for the fifteenth time in succession by the Berlitz Cruise Guide.
You can find further details on the trip here.