Sports, luxury, prominence.
July 16, 2018
“Sport and Luxury” – this was the motto at this year’s Schloss Bensberg Supersports Classics. More than 5,000 visitors came to the courtyard of Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg on the days of the event. With their dynamism and exciting shapes, sports cars made car lovers faster and faster. With the finest leather, fine woods, lots of chrome and technology of the very finest, the luxury cars were once again enthralling. Of course, celebrities also magically felt attracted by such a strong PS event – this year the actors Gerit Kling, Erol Sander, Wolfgang Bahro and Nina Ensmann were just as much involved as the racing legends Karl Wendlinger and Roland Asch as well as the rally driver Isolde Holderied. This year’s vehicle highlights included a Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing, a Porsche 365B 1600, a BMW M1, a Toyota 2000 GT and a Ford Mustang Bullitt.
Classics meet up-to-date supercars
The concept of letting the large field of top-class sports car classics flanked by brand-new, exclusive supercars proved particularly appealing. The unique combination of automotive past and future made for great pictures. And acoustically, the performance was spectacular: The seething sound mix of the engines should have produced so many goose bumps.
Bright sunshine and a great mood: the rally
In bright sunshine, Andreas Schmitt, managing director of the Althoff Hotel Collection, gave the starting signal for the 2nd Schloss Bensberg Supersports Classics Rally through the Bergisches Land on Saturday at 9.01 am. The driver teams navigated the 75 vintage and sports cars safely and elegantly across the streets. An overwhelming number of interested people lined the rally route, which led through Much, Schloss Ehreshoven and Wermelskirchen and ended again around 4 pm at the Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg. The Toyota 2000 GT of 1968 in the electronics class, the Porsche 911 T 2.4 Targa of 1971 in the hourglass class and the Abarth 695 rival of 2007 in the modern sports car made it to the podium.
Up close and personal: the Concours
At the Concours, which opened on Sunday at 9:00 am, all participants of the rally faced a high-profile jury. It consisted of seven automotive enthusiasts with the highest level of expertise – including jury chairman Amko Leenarts, chief designer of Ford Europe, and actor and sports car enthusiast Erol Sander. The best cars were awarded in a total of eleven categories, including the most revolutionary design, the most advanced technology or the most beautiful convertible. The winners were happy about high quality prizes. The main prize, the clock “highway” of Nomos Glashütte worth 3,800 euros, went to the Porsche 356 c 1600S.
The attractive program was crowned by the top culinary and hospitality of the Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg, which, with its grand ambience, provided a worthy setting for the event.
©Fotografen(innen): Daniela Loof, Frank Ratering, Zbigniew Mazar, Autozeitung, Nicole Maier.