Techno Classica Essen

This was my first visit to the automotive mecca that is the Techno Classica in Essen and what a first visit it was.

The scale of the show and the variety of petrol flavoured things on offer is really something else.

From major manufacturers through to club stands, from high end restoration companies to individual autojumblers Essen had it all.

One day was certainly not enough to get around all the halls.

As you can see from the below pictures ‘Brutus‘ was on display and this is a car that certainly lives up to its reputation.

The view down the bonnet was one to savour and strike fear into the driver in equal measure.

Another interesting feature of the Essen show was the way that the major manufacturers used it as a marketing exercise.

Mercedes, Porsche, VAG group, and others all had large and beautufully presented stands. These included cars from their heritage collections, current cars from their model line up, boutiques selling merchandise and even a bar.

The VW stand that celebrated 40 years of ‘GTI’ was a particular favourite of mine and the concept GTI roadseter was superb!

One of the best stands for me was the one from the Belgium national car museum, not only did it have a huge visual presence, a selection of mouth watering motor cars. But, a piano and live jazz band! I dread to think what the budget for the stand was…

Sadly I could only find two Riley’s at Essen and both were ‘specials’.

One done as a TT Sprite stlye replica (and extensively used in competition) and the other in an interesting updated ‘Gamecock’ style.

I found Essen to be in a totally different league to the UK show ‘scene’. The support of the major manufacturers no doubt meant that the organsiers had a bigger pot to play with. One other thing that was a welcome omission was the endless trade stalls selling cheap copy tools and cleaning products – in my humble opinion the UK scene could do with dropping these!

Anyway I hope you have enjoyed the pictures and report, I would definately advise visiting Essen in 2017.