Class Act: Bodentief Château Version

This time of the working yr is busy for me, so I purposely don’t guide any car-related occasions in my calendar. However once I discovered about what Bodentief was organizing for late July, I knew I needed to make an exception and head alongside to test it out.

The Bodentief Château Version has roughly the identical recipe as many reveals I’ve attended in Germany: a pre-selected group of modified vehicles, good meals, a super-chill and pleasant environment, and a scenic location to prime it off. The latter was what drew me to this explicit occasion.


The present came about at Ehreshoven Fortress in Engelskirchen, not too removed from Cologne, and about an hour’s drive from my place. I’ve been to many occasions the place I recognize the placement for images, however by no means had I been to 1 held at a fort. Bodentief did an ideal job of choosing this venue.

Shortly after arriving, I used to be met by two Porsche 911s that had additionally simply turned up for the occasion.


The placement actually set the environment. To enter the fort, you first undergo a gate surrounded by a excessive wall, and from there attendees had been greeted by blasting hip-hop music and a gaggle of modified vehicles. Being at a fort meant that the grass and timber had been properly manicured and every thing was nicely organized.


The venue was cut up between the fort itself and the backyard, the latter internet hosting many of the vehicles. These two areas are distinctly cut up by an enormous pond that surrounds them, and the pebble walkway and timber across the backyard made a very nice backdrop for my pictures.


I didn’t know the way I needed to cowl the occasion, so I began doing rounds and shot merely every thing that captured my consideration. Unsurprisingly, German automotive manufacturers dominated the occasion, besides, there was a wide selection of vehicles to admire.


Among the first vehicles to seize my consideration was this BMW pairing of an E28 525e and an E24 635CSi. Each are good with simply easy mods, and so they actually appeared nice collectively.

Subsequent to the 635 was an equally-clean Porsche 964 Carrera completed in Amethyst Metallic with matching inside.


I actually recognize that somebody has put Ferrari 458 Italia wheels on a Golf. Who else thinks they swimsuit the automotive nicely?

I don’t know why this Mk1 Jetta coupe was hiding within the nook the place nobody may simply see it. It appears to be like superior!


Circling again from my first spherical of capturing, I got here throughout this Nissan 200SX that had simply arrived on the occasion. I believed it might be a good suggestion to observe it, and present what it appears to be like wish to enter the fort.


This Mercedes-Benz 190 E was one of many wildest vehicles on the occasion. It’s clearly impressed by the wide-body 190 E Evo II DTM machine, however the extra aero vents and louvers take it to a different degree.


These of you who’ve sharp eyes for Volkswagens would possibly discover what’s uncommon about this automotive. For everybody else, this Mk5, US-spec Jetta has been given a Mk6 Golf entrance finish facelift. The method is definitely pretty easy as a result of the Mk5 and Mk6 Golfs used the identical physique shell.

The Mk5 Jetta was the final technology Jetta to be largely similar to the Golf, as from Mk6 onwards the Jetta got here with a lot totally different styling, and subsequently components are not interchangeable.


The climate couldn’t resolve what it needed to do, so it was arduous for me to remain according to my photographs. However I attempted to reap the benefits of each little little bit of sunshine I may, as a result of it wouldn’t final the entire night.


As a result of problem of getting via the German TÜV roadworthiness inspection, aftermarket extensive body-equipped vehicles in Germany are few and much between. So to discover a Pandem BMW E36 that was legally pushed to the occasion is one thing particular.


Very similar to the recently-featured Tief Im Wald, Bodentief’s occasion isn’t construct round a contest factor. The organizers merely gathered a number of cool vehicles at one venue with a extremely sharp setup, and simply let everybody get pleasure from one another’s builds. There have been small prizes and goodie baggage handed out, however these had been merely a bonus.


The Bodentief Château Version was very easy-going, and I had a number of time to let your complete expertise sink in. With such a nice environment and beautiful location, I actually couldn’t ask for extra.

Steve Edward
Instagram: stevedwrd

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