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Busy Classic Motor Show Bremen exemplifies versatility

One of the highlights of the 2015 edition of the Classic Motor Show: The Cisitalia 202. Photo: Erik van Putten
ER Classics Desktop 2022

The Classic Motor Show in Bremen has once again attracted a respectable number of visitors. From six to eight February, 44.737 visitors were able to pass the gates of the OVB Arena. They were rewarded with a richly varied selection, which was exhibited in a pleasant and accessible atmosphere.

One of the top pieces of the 2015 edition of the Classic Motor Show: The Cisitalia 202. Photo: Erik van Putten
One of the top pieces of the 2015 edition of the Classic Motor Show: The Cisitalia 202.
Photo: Erik van Putten

Italian elegance
The central theme this year was "Italian elegance". Upon entering the large complex, visitors quickly came face to face with various historic motorized two-wheelers of Italian style. The organization had also paid a lot of attention to the time when the world became mobile in a motorized sense. The fan of classic motorbikes and scooters could indulge themselves with the variety of Vespas and Lambrettas. The MV Agusta 350 also welcomed a warm interest. This year the Sonderschau was adorned in the central hall by a number of design-technical automobile masterpieces. A real tour with detailed explanation was given in the midst of the really rare ones like the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, the Alfa Romeo 2000 Bertone Sportiva, the Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale, the Abarth 750 GT Zagato and the Bizzarini Macchinata. Of course, the work of art that warmed the public to come to Bremen was also arranged: nobody could ignore the exceptionally beautiful Cisitalia 202. The public was introduced to the technical innovations of these rare cars, which were set up almost literally within an almost sympathetic reach.


This Peugeot 204 was one of the imported classics in Bremen. Photo: Hans de Mooij
This Peugeot 204 was one of the imported classics in Bremen. Also note the immaculate Dauphine next door. Photo: Hans de Mooij

Younger classics and sub-themes
Younger European classics, alternated by some representatives of the American and Japanese heritage, also enjoyed special interest. This also applied to the “imported classics” from France and Italy, among others. In hall four they were displayed in immaculate condition to please the visitor but also to be passed on to the next owner. The first Japanese car imported into Germany - the Honda S800 - was also represented in the sub-theme. Speaking of sub-themes: very nice was, for example, the model overview of the Fiat 500, where all available versions of the backpack (from D to R) were shown.

A beautiful example: this Mercedes 300 SL Roadster with hardtop was offered by Mercedes specialist Rosier Classic Sterne. Photo: Erik van Putten
A beautiful example: this Mercedes 300 SL Roadster with hardtop was offered by Mercedes specialist Rosier Classic Sterne. Photo: Erik van Putten

Distinctive variety
The most important attendees among the motorbikes and cars of the Classic Motor Show went hand in hand with a variety of other classics. In competition, patina, or to be restored condition, they were offered or used - especially from the brand clubs - for show purposes. The heritage of Mercedes-Benz was of course amply represented again. A striking number of Pagodas, a few copies of the 190 SL and 300 SL Roadster and a few Opera Coupés and Cabriolets were shown to the public - mainly for commercial purposes. Furthermore, the historical products of Ferdinand Porsche (911 and 356) were clearly visible.

Satisfaction and diversity
Finally, various clubs were also prominent in Bremen, while it was impossible to conceal the traders in paraphernalia, books, miniatures and parts. Project manager Frank Ruge was pleased to find that the number of visitors was almost at the record level of last year. But in particular he was able to conclude that the entire exhibition organization once again organized an event with 650 exhibitors from 11 countries in which accessibility, friendliness and versatility were the calling card that will again attract many people to Bremen next year. For those who already want to set the agenda: the 2016 edition will be held from 5 to 7 February in the Bremer exhibition halls.

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