Six special classic VWs will star at this weekend’s Schloss Dyck Classic Days (3-5 August) – and there’ll also be an outing for the I.D. R Pikes Peak electric racing car.
Volkswagen Classic is bringing two recently restored droptops to its stand in the Classic Corner paddock, including the 1961 Type 3 convertible pictured above.
If it doesn’t look familiar, that’s because this four-seat convertible never went into mass production – just a few handcrafted examples were built.
This Golf Blue car is an open version of VW’s 1500, blending the manufacturer’s expertise with Karmann’s skills in crafting convertible roofs.
The other wind-in-your-hair star will be a metallic Viper Green US 1303 Beetle. Built in 1980, this 1.6-litre, 49bhp car is from the Volkswagen Osnabrück collection.
A second, equally eye-catching Beetle will showcase the breadth of the breed – the GSR pictured above.
Based on the VW 1303 S, 3500 Beetle GSRs were produced in 1973 and this Saturn Yellow and Matt Black example is sure to stand out.
And there’s also going to be a 1974 Volkswagen SP 2. Made by Karmann Ghia do Brasil in São Paulo between 1972 and 1976, this sporty, rear-engined 64bhp coupé is based on the VW 1600 Type 3.
The model was never sold in Europe so it’s sure to be of interest – that and the fact that it has been restored with its original Violetta Pop paintwork.
But it’s not all static displays at Schloss Dyck. The event’s Racing Legends sees historic racing and rally vehicles in action on a cordoned-off, 2.8km (1.7-mile) circuit – and Volkswagen Classic is entering two unique rally cars.
One of these is the 1993 VW Golf Mk3 A59 ‘Rallye’, pictured below, a 271bhp car commissioned by Volkswagen Motorsport and built by Schmidt in Cadolzburg.
Following an extensive overhaul, it will hit the road again for the first time in the Racing Legends arena.
Jochi Kleint’s 1987 Pikes Peak machine will also wow on track. This one-off, twin-engined prototype Golf, based on the Mk2 GTI 16V, has two powerplants that work independently of each other, giving a maximum output of 643bhp!
And Kleint will be back behind the wheel this weekend at the Jüchen-based event.
Then bringing things full circle will be the 671bhp I.D. R Pikes Peak electric racing car, which will be making its German debut.
It set a new record for electric racing cars during the the 2018 Pikes Peak, driven by Romain Dumas, and set a new all-time record of 7 min 57.148 secs, before being the fastest-ever electric vehicle up the Goodwood hill at the Festival of Speed, with a time of 43.86 secs.
The yellow and black Beetle and Volkswagen SP2 will also be on track.
Find out more about the event here.