190,000 peo­ple can’t be wrong

Hugely pop­u­lar Ger­man sea­son-opener gears up for ac­tion


It’s a bIg ’un, is the an­nual Techno-Clas­sica Essen. Ger­many tra­di­tion­ally kicks off its clas­sic cal­en­dar with this mas­sive ex­po­si­tion of vin­tage, clas­sic and pres­tige cars, mo­tor­cy­cles and mo­tor­sport – in fact, all things au­to­mo­tive and in­ter­est­ing. An­nual at­ten­dance of 190,000-plus proves that the tried-and-tested, and ex­tremely slick, for­mula still hits the spot in this, the event’s 28th run­ning. It’s even been re­li­ably de­scribed as ‘the world’s largest clas­sic car show’.

Spread through­out 20 halls and dis­play ar­eas, the tra­di­tion­ally vast ar­ray of clas­sic spe­cial­ists is com­ple­mented by im­pres­sive show­cases from many of the world’s ma­jor car mar­ques, which are keen to cel­e­brate their own heritage. There are more than 2500 col­lec­tor’s ve­hi­cles for sale, as well, from the ex­otic to the every­day.

Hands-on clas­sics own­ers and re­stor­ers are likely to find ev­ery­thing they re­quire for any job in hand, thanks to the abun­dance of spare parts, lit­er­a­ture, automobilia and restora­tion guid­ance on of­fer. Fur­ther in­spi­ra­tion and help comes from the 220-plus clubs that are rep­re­sented on-site, many with clev­erly themed and pro­fes­sion­ally pre­sented ve­hi­cle dis­plays of their own.

Ad­di­tional at­trac­tions in­clude the daily live demon­stra­tions of the Techno-Clas­sica Akademie, Coys auc­tions, Top Salon Ex­clu­siv, a con­cours d’élé­gance, and au­to­graph ses­sions with the great and the good of the clas­sic world. Head­ing up this year’s range of of­fi­cial spe­cial dis­plays will be one mark­ing the leg­endary 1955 Mille Miglia race, fea­tur­ing a Fer­rari 750 Monza, Maserati A6 GCS, Porsche 550 Spy­der and Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR among other iconic ma­chines.

Aim to sched­ule in at least a cou­ple of days to fully ex­plore the event, as it’s sim­ply too big to cover in a sin­gle ex­haust­ing ses­sion. And make sure you wear com­fort­able shoes, as you’ll be walk­ing a very long way indeed…

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