Easter weekend is dedicated to the third edition of the Classic Drachten

Classic Drachten

From Saturday 31 March to Easter Monday 2 April, the third edition of Klassieker Drachten will be held. The event experienced its baptism of fire in 2016 and is developing into a fixture on the old-timer agenda. In the Frisian Congress Center, 13.000 square meters will be filled with numerous activities. And not only that: this year the showpad dock will also be expanded.

Three halls, three halls and two shopping streets are filled with classic cars, motorbikes and related items. Numerous commercial participants are present to offer beautiful classics and young timers. Various fixed values ​​will put the offer in a special light in Drachten with the well-known craftsmanship and sense of presentation. For the candidates who are on the market for a classic car or motorcycle, they will compile a varied choice.


In addition, there are various clubs present, who will show their cherished heritage to the public. Car and motorcycle enthusiasts will, as always, be taken into the club atmosphere, which will be experienced at various stands. Furthermore, interested parties can witness the craft of restoration work. The professionals of the companies present will be happy to share their expertise. Also the visitors who are looking for specific parts, automobilia or the right scale model will be well served in Drachten.

Large show paddock

The show paddock in Drachten made its debut during the 2017 edition. That was an overwhelming success, and the organization led by Sjouke Bosma decided to expand this part for the 2018 edition. Anyone who owns a classic car, motorcycle or moped from before 1 December 1990, can display his or her pride in the enlarged show paddock. Those receive a € 2 discount on the already attractive entrance price. In addition, the classic car can be offered for sale and there is the possibility to organize your own trunk sale.

Low entrance fee

Once again, the organization has succeeded in keeping the entrance price low. For € 8 (showpaddock participants pay, as stated, an even lower amount), visitors are offered a complete, varied and attractive program. Children up to 12 years can even pass the gates for free. There is ample parking space, where visitors can park the car free of charge before they visit the event that may be considered very promising based on the first two editions. It will be a classic party again, that much is certain.

More Info

The Frisian Congress Center is open from 10.00 hours to 17.00 hours on the three trading days. You can read more information on the Klassieker Drachten website.




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