Your Digital Shortcut to the Techno Classica 2019
The Techno Classica await visitors until Sunday and here is a recap of what to expect when visiting one the best classic car events in the world.
This Wednesday the Techno Classica opened its gates and will await visitors until Sunday the 14th April. This car show is among my favourite car events and secured a podium finish on the best list of my favourite automotive experiences year after year.
By the end of the year, I recall the 10 best car events and activities. In 2018, it proved to be more difficult to draw up a fair list, than ever.
The Techno Classica is also one of the most important classic car events in the continent, and would probably make it to the top in a worldwide list too. To give an idea, it takes a full day to walk through without really dropping anchor anywhere. Even if there are plenty of reasons to stop…
The size of the Techno Classica is truly impressive. 1250 exhibitors from over 30 countries are showcasing their very best, and the exhibition can hardly be covered on foot in a single day: 21 halls and their open air surrounding on 120,000 square meters offer plenty of sights.
Apart from the show’s sheer size, the real value added is the factory presence that makes the top-tier events reach far beyond a traditional second-hand car fairs. Considering the nearly 200.000 visitors, manufacturers increasingly recognize the advertising potential of top-tier classic car shows. Essentially, Techno Classica resembles now a lot to the Frankfurt Motor Show but with classic cars.
This year’s show celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Techno Classica, and raises the bar again combining novelties with traditional strengths.
More than 20 automobile brands are represented by exquisite exhibits on factory stands provided by factory museums, national associations or car clubs.
The organisers added another major auction house Sotheby’s to the traditional main player Coys, and I can already tell, the newcomer raised the game considerably.
The Techno Classica also secured the participation of the “Big Five” of auto museums (Beaulieu, Louwman, Autoworld, the Cité and MAuto), but many other events rented space to increase awareness.
As for the other usual ingredients, car clubs collectors and major trading houses are all on board.
In the coming days, I will provide more details about the individual stages, that take many hours to walk, but a bit more time to write about them in details.
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VOLVO PAIRS ART DECO FLAIR WITH A EUROPEAN PREMIERE AT THE TECHNO CLASSICA
As for the first detailed posts I started with the middle weights: some of the import brands prepare with stronger show than the German Brands. Volvo is traditionally strong at the Techno Classica, combining past and present:
For those interested in the Swedish brand’s history, it doesn’t get better than this apart from an actual visit in Gothenburg.
ALFA ROMEO’S PROUD F1 HERITAGE SHINES THROUGH
The FCA Heritage keeps the memories of traditional brands Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Abarth and this year’s show focused on Alfa Romeo's racing spirit and its Formula 1 comeback.
The FCA Heritage keeps the memories of Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Abarth and focused on Alfa Romeo's racing spirit and its F-1 comeback.
JAGUAR FLASHES ELECTRIC DRIVETRAINS FOR THE MODEL YEARS 2019 AND 1961(!)
Jaguar Land Rover Classic thus completely electrified its fleet they brought to the Techno Classica. In one hand the electric-powered Jaguar E-Type Zero celebrated a European premiere.
Jaguar finally showcases the fully electrified drivetrain for the E Type Zero and an I Pace race car at the Techno Classica.
For the electric mobility of the present, Jaguar exhibited the electric I-PACE is with the livery of the Viessmann Etrophy Team Germany.
SPORTS CLASSICS LONDON’S ASTON STAGE MAKES YOU FORGET NEWPORT PAGNELL’S ABSENCE:
Aston Martin HQ was not present in Essen, at least not officially. Nevertheless, the UK based Sports Classics London brought half a dozen classic Aston Martin (mainly DB5s) exhibited in a simple white but flawlessly elegant stage, that I actually liked more than the official stage in Paris.
Nevertheless, the UK based Sports Classics London brought half a dozen classic Aston Martin (mainly DB5s), and earned best of show award.
FERRARI SHOWCASED NIGEL MANSELL’S FERRARI F 40, ALONG WITH A FEW RARITIES
Ferrari showcased Nigel Mansell’s Ferrari F 40, along with a few rarities at the Essen Techno Classica.
For the stages of Skoda, Seat, Peugeot and Citroen visit the summary:
AUDI BRINGS US ON A TRAVEL TROUGH SPACE AND TIME:
Time travel can be taken for granted at every stage of the Techno Classica, but Audi adds the notion of space to plan.
BMW CELEBRATED THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS FIRST PRODUCTION CAR
When you live long enough, every day is worth celebrating, and that is also true to car companies.
PORSCHE’S BIRTHDAY BOY WAS THE PORSCHE WE ALL TRY TO FORGET
This year’s theme was 50 years of Porsche 914, with a few project cars, a selction of classics from around the continent and a modern day 911.