story and photos by Ewald Stein
The Classic Days at Schloss Dyck are relatively new, but have quickly been established as a leading classic car meeting. Initially, there may have been comparisons to the famous Goodwood Revival, but over the years the Classic days meeting has developed a character and flair of its own. I would say that one should not choose between either the one or the other, but visit both events if possible, as the atmosphere and the activities are quite different.
Since I was at the Classic Days in 2013, the event has grown considerably.
The lack of circuit means calls for improvisation, so certain public roads around the premises have to be closed for regular traffic. At least the cars can be shown on asphalt, although they cannot be raced. But that is not really a problem, since the big charm is in the showgrounds themselves: an big old castle with a pleasant appearance and beautiful gardens around it. These gardens enhance the appearance of the classic cars displayed there, with different themes in different corners. All this creates a very relaxed atmosphere and with a bit of good weather, one feels like in (car) heaven.
The cars displayed at the Classic Days are of high quality, but there is a great deal of diversity: apart from the famous names and models or exclusive one-off cars, one also may find a Simca 1000 or a ’74 Volvo 144, or even a rare van. It is clear that the organizers of the event do their best to offer the visitors the broadest choice of cars possible. The parkings lots are an attraction of their own, with fields of Porsches and Morgans and such.
American cars are rare, let alone Chrysler products, so I was delighted the find a few Plymouths and Dodges. This year I could visit the meeting for one day only, on Saturday; and here are a few pictures to give you an impression of the event.
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