Standox at this year’s hot Classic Days
“Classic Days” is one of the most important gatherings for classic as well as more recent model cars in Germany. Every August fans of vintage cars gather at Dyck castle on the Lower Rhine. Standox was there again this time with a stand of its own.
“I’m staying put,” said one visitor to the Standox pavilion. Which was understandable: Because this lucky visitor had managed to get a spot right in front of the fan. Temperatures of over 35°C made this year’s Classic Days a “hot” event in every sense. The fire risk on the parched grounds meant that there was a strict ban on smoking and barbecues. The heat didn’t diminish public interest, however. Tens of thousands of visitors showed up to marvel at thousands of classic cars.
Standox offered a colour service at its pavilion: Owners of classic cars were able to identify the colour of their vehicles using the colour testing device, Genius iQ, and a mixing formula for potential paint repairs using the colour software Standowin iQ. Frequent use was made of this service during the three-day event. “The art of refinishing is the use of modern paints to create an exact colour reproduction of a vintage car,” explained Lutz Poncelet, Business Director at Standox Germany. But in addition to this service, visitors were also drawn by the ice-cold lemonade being served at the Standox pavilion.
From there, a few of the visitors walked the short distance to the race track: The vintage cars raced in a variety of age categories. What was particularly impressive from an acoustic perspective was the encounter between veterans of the German touring car championships. There the hoarse bark of an air-cooled Porsche mixed with the muffled growl of a Ford Cosworth and the sonorous roar of a BMW six cylinder. Deafening – but music to the ears of racing fans.
Exceptionally rare and valuable vehicles were placed in front of the castle. Like the DKW Monza from the 1950s, a number of models of the legendary Italian sports car manufacturer Bizzarini as well as several vehicles that designer Luigi Colani created and launched on the market in the 1960s. Other rarities: a Maserati Quattroporte, an Alfa Romeo Guilietta Sprint Speciale and a Lamborghini Espada.
But it wasn’t just these automotive superstars that garnered attention – more recent and affordable vehicles also attracted interest. One of them was parked in front of the Standox pavilion: The rare BMW Z1, which a member of the Standox team had brought with him, attracted a lot of attention. Only 8000 of these roadsters with retractable doors were built, the last one in 1991. “That’s a hot contender for genuine classic status,” said Lutz Poncelet.