This Wednesday the starting signal will be given in Essen, Germany, for the 26-ste Techno Classica. This edition - from 27 March to 30 March open to the public - is again a true mecca for old-timer enthusiasts. They are treated on the north side of the Ruhr area to a varied collection and a number of themed exhibitions.
In the past 25 year, the Techno Classica has developed into a true concept within the vintage car scene. The German stock exchange grew steadily into an event that became more and more international over the years and welcomed a growing number of visitors each year. In those years, the foundation was laid for what should become a new high point in the 2014 edition.
Zagato makes his debut in Essen
The largest historical exhibition in the world will be graced for the first time this year by the presence of the Italian coachbuilder Zagato. Lovers of rare and high-profile creations from the 95-year-old Milanese design house can feast on beautiful Zagato designs based on brands such as Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Lancia and Maserati. The latter brand is the subject of one of the themed exhibitions: 100 years of Maserati - La Tradizione Italiana Sportiva 1914-2014.
Alfa Romeo honors name Giulietta
Other manufacturers are also amply represented in Germany. For example, Volkswagen focuses on the transition from the air-cooled era to the water-cooled era. Beetles go hand in hand with Golfs, and types like the first-generation Passat and XNUMXs Scirocco also pay tribute to their air-cooled predecessors. Alfa Romeo pays homage to the name Giulietta, which has played an important role in the Milanese brand for several generations to this day. The 60th anniversary of the type name is the reason for that tribute.
BMW traditionally strongly represented
The BMW Group is traditionally in attendance again and reserved a complete hall to showcase its showpieces BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce through two themed exhibitions. This year, a big wink is given to the 90-year-old sports tradition of the BMW Group's eponymous giver. Mini also honors the past. The Monte Carlo rally, in which the small Mini Cooper S has shown all the competition a few times, forms the framework for demonstrating the brand's historic power. In Germany, of course, the German brands Mercedes-Benz and Audi are also present: they bring the rich history to the attention in various tonalities. In the case of Audi, attention is also explicitly paid to the predecessors of the law.
Acropolis winner and Polestar
Visitors would do well to look forward to the Volvo stand. The Swedes focus on the competition version of the PV544 and Acropolis winner Amazon. Also a British Touring Car Championship Volvo 850 Estate and a farm-fresh and impressive Volvo S60 Polestar are present.
Classic clubs, traders and much more ...
In addition to these and other factory stands, there are of course enough places reserved for restorers, parts suppliers and dealers within the twenty filled halls of the exhibition. The 220 classic clubs and providers of top classics complete the traditionally varied palette in Essen, which offers enough reason to pick up the (classic) car heart.
The press day will take place on March 26. From 27 to 30 March, the previously impressive exhibition is also open to the public.
You can find more information about the 26-ste Techno Classica here.