Techno-Clas­sica Es­sen

The show or­gan­iser’s de­scrip­tion of the 29th Techno-Clas­sica Es­sen is no ex­ag­ger­a­tion – and CCW was there to cap­ture all the high­lights

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’An eclec­tic lineup also cel­e­brated the his­tory of the elec­tric car’

The un­mis­tak­able rum­ble of heavy con­struc­tion work greeted show­go­ers at this year’s Techno-Clas­sica in Es­sen (5-9 April) – it would ap­pear that even the vast Messe Es­sen build­ing is no longer big enough to host Europe’s big­gest clas­sic car show, and must be ex­tended.

Small won­der, when this year’s event packed in more than 2500 clas­sics for sale, 1250 ex­hibitors and more than 220 clubs, which at the last count are ex­pected to have at­tracted rather more than the 220,000 vis­i­tors who streamed in through the doors last year.

An­niver­saries galore guar­an­teed a healthy man­u­fac­turer pres­ence, with Volk­swa­gen-Audi- Group ( VAG) in par­tic­u­lar putting on a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play of cars in cel­e­bra­tion of 60 years of the Wankel ro­tary en­gine and 50 years of the NSU TTS and ground-break­ing Ro80. That, and one of just two Škoda Fa­vorit sa­loons ever made and a real mod­ern rar­ity – an early SEAT Toledo GT!

Jaguar-Land Rover, mean­while, un­veiled the first E-type Reborn along­side an early Range Rover Reborn (cars re­stored ex­act­ingly in-house by JLR), while Porsche cel­e­brated 40 years of the 928 with a line-up com­pris­ing a racer, a PES cut­away car show­ing off the 928’s in­her­ent safety de­sign fea­tures and a spe­cial four-seater one-off gifted to Ferry Porsche on his 75th birth­day in 1984.

Not to be out­done, BMW ex­hib­ited the fa­mous cell­phone-con­trolled E38 750iL from the Bond film To­mor­row

Never Dies – com­plete with bul­let holes – along­side a unique E32 ‘Gold­fisch’ sa­loon, pow­ered by a V16 en­gine. An eclec­tic line-up of clas­sics also cel­e­brated the his­tory of the elec­tric car.

Then there were the halls packed with tools, parts, ac­ces­sories and sup­pli­ers, the clas­sic bus and truck halls. Mike Le Caplain

Au­tostadt – a VW-owned vis­i­tor at­trac­tion – com­mem­o­rated the de­sign­ers as­so­ci­ated with VWowned brands. It reck­oned John Bletch­ley’s work on the T2 (and its Sil­ver Shadow cousin) was worth high­light­ing on an oth­er­wise Ger­man-cen­tric stand. 1969 NSU Ro80 The half cen­tury of this ground-break­ing – but ul­ti­mately trou­bled – sa­loon was big news at Es­sen, with this 1969 model tak­ing pride of place on Au­tostadt’s 12car stand. In the same hall Audi dis­played one on its her­itage stand, com­plete with trans­par­ent bon­net to show off its Wankel ro­tary en­gine. 1978 Bentley T2

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