Deutsche Classic attracts 1,000 participants, nearly 250 German show cars

The 14th annual Deutsche Classic All-German Automotive and Motorcycle Show was held at the Oley Fairgrounds on July 14.
The 14th annual Deutsche Classic All-German Automotive and Motorcycle Show was held at the Oley Fairgrounds on July 14. Submitted photo - Carl Hess
It was a beautiful top-down day for this year’s edition of the Deutsche Classic All-German Automotive and Motorcycle Show at the Oley Fairgrounds on July 14.
It was a beautiful top-down day for this year’s edition of the Deutsche Classic All-German Automotive and Motorcycle Show at the Oley Fairgrounds on July 14. Submitted photo - Carl Hess

A beautiful summer Saturday with no rain in the forecast was perfect for a German invasion! And that’s exactly what happened on July 14 at the Oley Fairgrounds.

The occasion was the 14th annual Deutsche Classic All-German Automotive and Motorcycle Show. The event, billed as Mid-Atlantic’s Premier All-German, attracted about 1,000 participants with just under 250 show cars, from as far away as Georgia, German motorcycles, 32 vendors and an additional 15 cars for sale in the car corral. Once again, there was something for everyone with a taste for German engineering.

In addition to the cars there was a Tire Toss competition for the guys, a “Ladies In Jeans” quiz competition for the gals, a Kids Car Hunt for the younger set, DJ music all day long and delicious food served up by the Oley Fire Company.

The Deutsche Classic is a truly unique event. If you’d like to participate or simply spectate, mark your calendar for the second Saturday in July, Next year the event will be held July 13, 2019. Join in on the fun for the 15th Annual Deutsche Classic.

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LIST OF WINNERS:

Best of Show: Dave Toppin - 1974 Porsche 914-6

Best Preservation: Peter Lewnes - 1963 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

Best Chassis: Duane Foley - 1971 Opel Manta

Best Motor: Cliff Murray - 1957 Porsche Speedster

Best Interior: Herb Schwab - 1957 Volkswagen Beetle

Best Exterior: David Keytenjian - 1994 BMW 850

Farthest Driven: Wesley Wormser - 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280 E

Oldest Vehicle: Phil Fleck - 1951 Volkswagen Beetle

Best Assembled: Josh Huber - Volkswagen MK4 Jetta Truck

Best Motorcycle through 1979: Dale Sweigert - 1956 Zundapp Challenger

Best Motorcycle from 1980: Carl Hess - 2003 BMW R1200C “Phoenix”

Best Audi

1st Andrew Dunkle - 2009 TTS

2nd Jeremy Brossman - 2010 Quattro

3rd Chip Nace - 2015 S4

Best BMW

1st Kevin Bange - 1974 2002 tii

2nd Ken Regenfuse - 2004 Mini Cooper S

3rd Mike Davis - 2000 323 ci

Best Mercedes-Benz

1st John Kitner - 2008 CL600

2nd Amy McKenna - 230 SL

3rd James W. Taljan - 1999 SL500

Best Opel

1st Stephen Rauch - 1985 Bitter SC

Best Micro / Orphan

Thomas Harpel - 1956 Messerschmitt KR200 Sport

Best Porsche

2nd Michael Rivwin - 1961 356

3rd Thomas Beil - 1970 914 - 6

Best Air-Cooled Volkswagen

Beetle 1st Ryan Lettich - 1969 Beetle

Beetle 2nd Pete J. Werfel - 1970 Beetle

Bus 1st Greg Falk - 1961 Deluxe

Karmann Ghia / Type 3 / Type 4 / Thing 1st - Ryan Huber - 1973 Thing

Best Water-Cooled Volkswagen

1st MJ Tralies - 1998 GTI VR6

2nd Tanner Putt - 2012 Golf GTI

3rd Delfin De Jesus - 1998 New Beetle