SCHLOSS BENSBERG CLASSICS.
Vote your dream car – win a dream holiday
Bensberg, July 2014
Vote for your favourite car in the Concours d’Elégance and you might just win a Hapag-Lloyd cruise.
As a guest at the sixth Schloss Bensberg Classics, you’ll have the chance to see, marvel at and vote for the amazing cars on show. Various rare and classic automobiles will be presented to the audience at the Concours d’Elégance automobile beauty contest on Sunday, 20 July 2014. As part of this event, visitors will also be able to select their personal favourite during the Best of Show by Public vote.
Your entry ticket doubles up as a ballot paper and raffle ticket for the competition. The ballots will be counted after you have submitted your vote for the Best of Show by Public. All participants who have voted for their favourite car will be entered into a draw to win a luxury Hapag-Lloyd cruise for two people on board the MS Europa 2. The winner can look forward to peace, relaxation and a high degree of luxury during the exclusive sea voyage aboard the Europa 2. The 12-day journey will set sail for New York from Madeira at the end of November – with a one-day stopover in Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda. A particular highlight will be the arrival in New York with its fascinating skyline and imposing Statue of Liberty.
The flights to Funchal (Madeira) and from New York back to Germany are included in the prize. The winner will be notified one week after the event.
Interview with Dr Angelika Nollert, director of Die Neue Sammlung – The International Museum Munich.
Bensberg, July 2014
Dr Angelika Nollert has very kindly provided us with the Tatra 87, one of the rarest exhibits in the permanent exhibition Fahrzeug Design (vehicle design). We are interested in how Dr Nollert sees the topic of automotive design and what effects it can have – for instance, from a societal point of view.
SBC: What statement does each automotive design make about a society?
Dr Angelika Nollert: It’s an expression of its culture. Think of the Tatra 87, the Déesse or the Ro80. Good automotive design represents its time, its society, and also has visionary and emotional qualities.
SBC: Can automotive design change values?
Dr Angelika Nollert: It’s more the other way round: values change automotive design.
SBC: What causes the fascination with classic cars?
Dr Angelika Nollert: It gives people a look back to the optimistic, pioneering days, but also because these cars represent history and traditions that are inextricably linked to our culture. Nothing has changed our lives as much as automobiles.
SBC: ‘Everything was better in the good old days.’ Does this also apply to automotive design?
Dr Angelika Nollert: It depends how you define ‘better’. Does it mean using 25 litres of unleaded petrol every 100 kilometres? Would you fancy driving a 2CV on the motorway today? These days, we get around more quickly and safely; ecology and sustainability are important issues. What is ‘good design’? This almost certainly depends on whether it can meet the needs of today – and on which questions are asked. And whether the vehicle is future-proof! This is also evident in classic cars.
SBC: What can today’s automotive designers learn from their predecessors?
Dr Angelika Nollert: Courage.
SBC: The new collection’s main focus is on the history of the product’s design. What is the difference between product design and automotive design in your view?
Dr Angelika Nollert: The complexity differs, but not the thinking behind it. This is why priority has been given to the issues of mobility and automotive design in the Neue Sammlung permanent exhibition.
SBC: Which product designer would you like to entrust with the task of designing an automobile?
Dr Angelika Nollert: Today, the most complex everyday item to design is probably the automobile. A design done by just one person can barely do justice to the task if more than just the car’s outward appearance is important.
SBC: Concours d’Elégance for automobiles has its roots in the 1920s. Today, there are once again large-scale Concours d’Elégance like here in Bensberg. How do you think the aspect of design ties in with an event like this?
Dr Angelika Nollert: The who’s who from all over the world meet up here. A Concours d’Elégance incites curiosity and appeals to all the senses. It also inspires design and enables people from all over the world to exchange thoughts and ideas about this inexhaustible subject.
SBC: What does automotive design mean for you personally?
Dr Angelika Nollert: What I’m most curious about is how the automobile of the future and mobility, in general, will look like in our increasingly more crowded megacities.
SBC: What’s more important for you: attractiveness or practicality?
Dr Angelika Nollert: The top priority should be ‘practical and attractive’.
SBC: Which automobile design do you think has been the most underestimated?
Dr Angelika Nollert: A car that is also exhibited at the Neue Sammlung: the Autonova Fam.
Be Strietzel Stuck’s rally co-driver.
The auction for a good cause.
Bensberg, June 2014
When the Rallye Historique gets underway on the morning of 19 July 2014 as part of the 6th Schloss Bensberg Classics and the drivers climb into the cockpits of their classic vehicles, you can also be part of the action in the passenger seat of a racing legend – by being the co-driver of Hans-Joachim ‘Strietzel’ Stuck!
This is being made possible through an extraordinary auction: bid for the chance to be involved in an unforgettable 190-kilometre-long tour through the Bergisch Land with the former Formula 1 driver, Le Mans winner and DTM champion Hans-Joachim Stuck. Of course the vehicle is also a legend – it is Stuck’s private 1951 split-screen Beetle.
Entry includes the entire entrants’ programme for two people from 18 till 20 July, although only one person can take part in the Rallye itself. You and your companion will stay in the baroque Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg and will be able to enjoy a barbecue, a gala dinner and a champagne brunch, among other things.
The auction is being held for a good cause: the exclusive trip will be auctioned for the benefit of the children’s charity ‘Stiftung RTL – Wir helfen Kindern e.V.’. You will find all the details about the auction on the United Charity auction website. It provides precise information on how you can place a bid.
Ingo Naujoks has confirmed his entry in the Rallye Historique.
Bensberg, June 2014
It has long since been something of a tradition for numerous celebrities to enter the Rallye Historique as drivers and co-drivers. More stars have now confirmed their participation in this year’s event: Ingo Naujoks is entering in a first-generation Golf (built in 1975).
Most people probably know the actor Ingo Naujoks from his role in the German TV series Tatort. Besides a number of other television series, he has also starred in films such as Karniggels and Hände weg von Mississippi.
Special prize for the general public’s winner of the Concours.
Bensberg, June 2014
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 2014, is offering a cruise aboard the MS EUROPA 2.
This special prize is further evidence of the relevance and attractiveness of the Schloss Bensberg Classics.
The general public’s winner of the Concours d’Elégance 2014 will spend golden October days cruising on the Eastern Mediterranean. Ports of call along the way include the Cyclades and Crete in Greece, the Turkish city of Antalya and Cyprus. The 225.38-metre-long MS EUROPA 2 is the latest addition to the Hapag-Lloyd cruise ship fleet and is rated in the 5-star plus category. A crew of 370 look after the well-being of a maximum of 500 passengers and a total of 251 suites are available.
Our celebrity guests in 2014.
This year, a number of celebrities will once again grace the Schloss Bensberg Classics. Four guests are already definitely coming. We will inform you in future newsletters as soon as we receive further confirmation from others.
The German racing driver began his career in Formula 1 in the 1970s, won the 24 Hours of Le Mans on two occasions and was also German Touring Car (DTM) champion.
Herbert Knaup has won many awards for his portrayal of roles in films such as Die Sieger, Lola rennt and Erntedank. In 2005 he was awarded the Golden Camera in the ‘best German actor’ category.
Film fans know her from roles in successful German comedies like Alles auf Zucker and Keinohrhasen. Her face is very familiar to all television viewers thanks to numerous appearances in series such as Tatort, SOKO Leipzig and Wilsberg.
Among other roles, the Austrian theatre, film and television actor has starred in the multi-award-winning film comedy Wer früher stirbt ist länger tot and in television productions like Tatort, Die Flucht and the Austrian crime comedy Polt.
Our celebrity guests from previous years.
In addition, we have had the pleasure of welcoming many other celebrities in the past, including:
Lang Lang (top left), one of the world’s most important pianists
Jürgen Prochnow, German theatre, film and television actor
Günther Netzer (bottom left), legendary football playmaker
Eva Habermann (top right), German actress
Jacky Ickx, repeated Le Mans winner and two-time Formula 1 runner-up
Sonja Kirchberger (bottom centre), Austrian actress
Christiane Paul, German actress
Axel Pape (bottom right), German actor
Jan Hofer, German anchorman
Erol Sander, German actor
Helmut Zierl, German actor
Carolina Vera, German actress