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Class Act: Bodentief Château Version

Class Act: Bodentief Château Version


This time of the working 12 months is busy for me, so I purposely don’t e book any car-related occasions in my calendar. However once I came upon 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 automobiles, 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 passed off at Ehreshoven Fort 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 respect the situation for images, however by no means had I been to 1 held at a fortress. 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 situation actually set the environment. To enter the fortress, you first undergo a gate surrounded by a excessive wall, and from there attendees have been greeted by blasting hip-hop music and a bunch of modified automobiles. Being at a fortress meant that the grass and timber have been properly manicured and every part was properly organized.


The venue was break up between the fortress itself and the backyard, the latter internet hosting a lot of the automobiles. These two areas are distinctly break 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 understand how I wished to cowl the occasion, so I began doing rounds and shot merely every part that captured my consideration. Unsurprisingly, German automobile manufacturers dominated the occasion, besides, there was a wide selection of automobiles to admire.


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

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


I actually respect that somebody has put Ferrari 458 Italia wheels on a Golf. Who else thinks they swimsuit the automobile properly?

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


Circling again from my first spherical of taking pictures, I got here throughout this Nissan 200SX that had simply arrived on the occasion. I believed it could be a good suggestion to observe it, and present what it appears prefer to enter the fortress.


This Mercedes-Benz 190 E was one of many wildest automobiles 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 stage.


These of you who’ve sharp eyes for Volkswagens would possibly discover what’s uncommon about this automobile. 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 equivalent to the Golf, as from Mk6 onwards the Jetta got here with a lot completely different styling, and due to this fact elements are not interchangeable.


The climate couldn’t resolve what it wished to do, so it was onerous for me to remain in step with my images. However I attempted to make the most of each little little bit of sunshine I might, 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 automobiles 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 like the recently-featured Tief Im Wald, Bodentief’s occasion isn’t construct round a contest factor. The organizers merely gathered numerous cool automobiles at one venue with a extremely sharp setup, and simply let everybody take pleasure in one another’s builds. There have been small prizes and goodie luggage handed out, however these have been merely a bonus.


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

Steve Edward
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