To one of the most beautiful historical locations in Vienna, which was early used for hunting by the nobility, is the Castle on the Wilhelminen mount located on the north-western outskirts of the city. It is surrounded with forests, grape fields and historic wine presses, and it has one of the most beautiful sights of Vienna’s neighborhoods and it’s towers, churches, buildings, and other symbols of the Viennese culture. I went there on Tuesday July 13 2010 to escape from the heat and to inhale the fresh air of the mounts outside of the city. What called my attention there were a number of very old cars, all of them produced between 1955 – 1967 and of the brands Mercedes, Corvette 1960, Opel, Fiat, and Volvo, which were parked before the Hotel Schloss Wilhelminenberg in the same area.
At the beginning I thought that the old cars were parked there as part of an exhibition or as a preparation for a public auction, then I saw papers fixed on these cares were I read: “Donau-Classic, von Passau nach Wien und zurück, 11. Juli – 17. Juli 2010”. This means “Danube Classic, from Passau to Vienna, from July 11 – 17 2010”. While I was busy taking some pictures of these cars, a middle-aged man wearing a plaid shirt in red, white and black reached one of the cars and opened the front cover, he appeared to be inspecting the motor. I had a small conversation with him. He was Mr. Joachim Lölsdorf, the owner of a black 1965 Mercedes and one of the participants in this excursion. See more photos here.
He said that the cars were not for sale but that they belong to a group of Germans who joined in
Passau, a German on the Danube on the border with Austria, for a tour to Vienna and back in their cars. The trip was organized by a company Classic Car Event.
Mr. Lölsdorf stated that all the cars are in good state. He showed me the specification of his car, which was produced in 1965. He bought this car ten years ago and it was in a good state and fully functional. I did some reparations and the maintenance himself. He also told me that he has other two “old-timer” cars, a “VW Käfer Cabrio” produced in 1977, and another Mercedes. Both of them functioning and in a good state. According to Mr. Lölsdorf, these cars are easy to maintain with some basic knowledge of mechanics. The newer models of the same companies (Mercedes, VW, …) are almost impossible to maintain as they are “full with electronics” and specialized technicians and equipment, which can be very expensive, are needed to work on them.
He added that traveling with the old cars is a special enjoyment. “We traveled from Passau through the Wachau region to Vienna, and we will travel back through a different route. I wish Mr. Lölsdorf and the other participants in the tour a beautiful vacation and a safe returning to their homes.