Earlier this week we joined IWC Schaffhausen for the beginning of the Passione Caracciola. A which is simplest depicted as an oldtimer rally committed to German race vehicle driver Rudolf Caracciola. We head off to Zürich where the occasion wil kick off, and at the night prior to the convention starts we assemble at the Grand Dolder Hotel.
First stage on our plan. In the background at the recording of another version of ‘IWC Schaffhausen converses with’ featuring Jochen Mass. Being a notable race driver he actually began his working life being a mariner, making the most of his movements around the planet. Later on he figured out how to convince his hustling dream and was doing as such. Presently at 68 years old he actually drives race vehicles during unique events.
Second stage is the press introduction of the new IWC Ingenieur chronographs. These restricted editions have been during the Goodwood Members meeting in England back in March. Christian Knoop, inventive overseer of IWC Schaffhausen presents the ‘Rudolf Caracciola’ version, devoted to the capable hustling driver from the 30’s. The ‘W125′ to commemorate the unbelievable Silver Arrow by Mercedes Benz. And the third ‘Goodwood’ release linked to the notable .
We will do a full inside and out survey on the new IWC Ingenieur Chronograph when the primary models are conveyed to the Netherlands. For now we share a few impressions of the Ingenieur Chronograph in wrist shots. Counting the first era IWC ingenieur with reference number 666.
We finish this day with an IWC Schaffhausen welcome supper. In the middle of courses Philip Rathgen talks auto with Jochen Mass and Bernd Schneider among other guests.
Before the beginning of the assembly we viewed a portion of the vehicles that will take part. We discovered some great oldtimers in plain view at the Grand Dolder stopping ground.
Moving on to the beginning of the assembly. We end up at Hotel Regensdorf early morning. Possibly’s it the name of the lodging, or exceptional treat out of appreciation for Rudolf himself as ‘regenmeister’, or downpour ace in English, was his epithet. The one thing you can’t handle, so we start the day with rain.
After all vehicles are hailed off we start the principal phase of the Passione Caracciolo Rally in one of 12 oldtimers to encounter the main phase of the meeting ourselves. Our pick for this excursion was a brilliant Pagoda 280 SL. Epithet of the for the state of the collapsing roof.
Must concede you need to become accustomed to the controls and feel of an oldtimer however after a couple of kilometers we felt right comfortable in the driver’s seat. Back to fundamental. No pointless fastens and capacities diverting you. Simply all the things you require to cruise all over in a brilliant and trendy vehicle. With assembly headings on the correct seat, and the song of the motor we drove out of the city.
Following the convention guidelines we gradually discover our way through the Swiss scene. Halting along the track a couple of times te loosen up a piece, change vehicles for the individuals who need to attempt distinctive ones.
During the last piece of the convention I join previous Formula 1 driver , as his co-pilot. An incredible experience as I was a major enthusiast of the Formula 1 back in the 90’s his dynamic years. After 139 kilometers we show up at Rüttihubelbad. Here our meeting stage and the Passione Caracciola occasion closes for us and after lunch we travel back home.
We delighted in the occasion and might want to thank all that made it a particularly extraordinary encounter, in unique Mercedes-Benz Switzerland & for welcoming us and their incredible hospitality.