Bremen Classic Motorshow | 16.12.2021
Bremen Classic Motorshow kicks off the season online
It was a tough decision: Just a few days ago, MESSE BREMEN was forced to cancel the Bremen Classic Motorshow as an in-person event for the second time in a ...
After cancellation of the in-person show: digital anniversary show on the first weekend in February
It was a tough decision: Just a few days ago, MESSE BREMEN was forced to cancel the Bremen Classic Motorshow as an in-person event for the second time in a row. But, after the initial shock, the team headed by Frank Ruge started work on a new plan. Now they have announced that on Saturday, 5 February 2022, an exciting, 2-hour online event will take place. „To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Bremen Classic Motorshow, we want to thank our exhibitors and visitors for their years of loyalty with an entertaining anniversary programme“, says Frank Ruge. After the success of the format used in the online event in February 2021, the project manager will again co-host the show live together with the classic car expert Johannes Hübner.
Online event presents special shows „The Mild and the Wild“ and „Two stroke or four?“
Viewers can look forward to online versions of the topics originally planned for the live show: The automotive historian Wolfgang Blaube will present the special show „The Mild and the Wild“ originally planned for 2022. In his inimitable eloquent, irreverent and expert style, he will use three high-powered models to illustrate his points. The so-called „Porsche killers“ impress above all with massive power under the bonnet, and in their heyday they piled considerable pressure on the engineers in Zuffenhausen. Fans of two-wheeled vehicles will also find plenty of interesting content: Motorcycle historian Andy Schwietzer will comment on two pairs from the motorcycle collection of the PS.SPEICHER in Einbeck that divided opinion. He will illustrate how, over decades, two and four-stroke engines spanning all cubic capacity classes, vehicle types and nations provided fuel for controversy. Each type found its champions, although some jumped camps for their next purchase.
Also included in the show will be half a dozen selected Young Classics tested by TÜV-Süd and available for sale. They are guaranteed to get a few fans hot under the collar, grappling with the impulse to buy and the desire to avoid breaking the household budget! For the hopelessly nostalgic, journalist and expert Christian Steiger will cast an eye over a few extreme rarities: Under the title „Formerly Common Cars on the Red List“, he will present once popular, mass-produced cars which are today rarely seen on the road.
Workshop for young and old classics „Made in Bremen“
Encouraging youngsters to join the community is often discussed, but rarely actively practiced. But the Classic Motorshow team is tackling the issue with a look at a young classic combination that is popular with younger enthusiasts. – Back in 1978, Mercedes launched production of cars „Made in Bremen“ with a very popular and sustainable model. To mark the 40th birthday of the 190-type Baby-Benz (W201), a film about the successful model will be shown. There will also be a discussion round with experts from TÜV-Süd who will attempt a look into the future: Is there an alternative to e-mobility so that we will still be able to drive our classic vehicles in the future?
„It will be a varied, interactive and informative entertainment show,“ promises Claudia Nötzelmann, Head of Special Interest and Trade Fairs at MESSE BREMEN. As in the previous year, classic car fans will be able to take part in the online event free of charge and without having to log in by going to www.classicmotorshow.de/en. After the livestream on Saturday 5 February 2022, the individual contributions will still be available on the website up to 1 May.
Bremen Classic Motorshow: second online event in a row
Traditionally, the Bremen Classic Motorshow kicks off the new classic car season. Every year, it normally attracts more than 700 exhibitors and some 45,000 visitors who are keen to chat, talk nuts and bolts and negotiate deals. This is the second time the classic car trade show will take place online because of the pandemic. The last digital event attracted 30,000 views. In 2022, the Bremen Classic Motorshow would have taken place at MESSE BREMEN from 4 to 6 February 2022. Instead, the online event will take place on Saturday 5 February 2022, from 4 to 6 p.m.
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Bremen Classic Motorshow | 06.12.2021
Bremen Classic Motorshow: Show cancelled
Classic car fans in Germany and abroad were excited and looking forward to the event: After a forced break last year, the Bremen Classic Motorshow was scheduled to take place ...
Plans for alternative underway in Bremen
Classic car fans in Germany and abroad were excited and looking forward to the event: After a forced break last year, the Bremen Classic Motorshow was scheduled to take place once again as an in-presence show in February – just in time to celebrate its 20th anniversary. For months, the team behind the event planned and worked on the big comeback. But now it’s clear: the on-site show at the beginning of February cannot take place and has been cancelled. „We’ve worked for two years on this, we got great feedback from visitors and exhibitors – and now, once again, it’s all been for nothing. So you can probably imagine how we feel“, says the Project Manager Frank Ruge.
Hans Peter Schneider, the Managing Director of M3B GmbH, which holds the MESSE BREMEN brand, adds: „It was no longer possible to plan the event with any certainty, and the increasingly strict regulations due to the worsening pandemic forced us to take this decision. We’re extremely disappointed, especially because we had received entirely positive responses from our German and international exhibitors and bookings were excellent. Even though under current circumstances the show would have been allowed, we decided that the health and safety of all participants has to be our primary concern.“
Team is working on an alternative
Despite this, the organisers in Bremen are not letting the setback defeat them. Now that the difficult decision has been made, the team is determined to present an alternative in the next few days „First, we have to take a deep breath. But there’s no doubt that the entire team is highly motivated to kick off the season with the Bremen Classic Motorshow 2022 in a different form“, says Claudia Nötzelmann, Head of Special Interest and Trade Shows at MESSE BREMEN. „After all, we’re celebrating 20 years of the show next year, and we won’t let anything take that away from us.“
Lots of praise from the community
Traditionally, the Bremen Classic Motorshow kicks off the new classic car season. Every year, it normally attracts more than 700 exhibitors and some 45,000 visitors who are keen to chat, talk nuts and bolts and negotiate deals. This is the second time the classic car trade show has been postponed because of the pandemic after this year’s cancellation. Instead, this year the team rapidly put together a five-hour livestream which was highly praised by the entire classic vehicle community. In 2022, the Bremen Classic Motorshow would have taken place at MESSE BREMEN from 4 to 6 February 2022. The next regular slot is Friday to Sunday, 3 to 5 February 2023.
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Bremen Classic Motorshow | 05.11.2021
Two strokes or four?
Generations of motorcyclists, buyers and designers faced the fundamental decision: What engine type should they choose – two-stroke or four-stroke? There were technical, financial, tax-related, registration-related and above all emotional arguments ...
Bremen Classic Motorshow: Motorcycle special show presents retrospective of two and four-stroke machines
Generations of motorcyclists, buyers and designers faced the fundamental decision: What engine type should they choose – two-stroke or four-stroke? There were technical, financial, tax-related, registration-related and above all emotional arguments for each type. The results were furrowed brows and heated discussions as well as plans made, rejected and pushed through. From the early 20th century up to the 1990s, progress made with each type constantly challenged engineers working on the other. So it is well worth looking back over these decades of parallel development, in the form of the motorcycle special show at the 20th BREMEN CLASSIC MOTORSHOW from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 February 2022 at MESSE BREMEN.
The two-stroke engine with its double firing order and fewer moving parts was always an attractive option for engineers and dealers. Low-cost production, low weight and good power generation on the one hand, but difficult lubrication, high fuel consumption and tricky gas changes on the other. Four-stroke types demanded more investment from producers and purchasers. However, this paid off in the form of smooth running and lower fuel consumption. But other downsides were higher weight, more complex maintenance and expensive repairs.
Special show: Two-stroke and four-stroke models in all classes
The general view is that two-stroke bikes are rough, robust and powerful, while four-stroke models are considered classy, heavy and high-maintenance. There is no better or worse, just like the world is not black or white. The Bremen Classic Motorshow will display pairs that divide opinion on loan from the motorcycle collection of the PS.SPEICHER museum in Einbeck. They will illustrate how two and four-stroke engines spanning all decades, cubic capacity classes, vehicle types and nations provided fuel for controversy. Each type found its champions, although some jumped camps for their next purchase. 110 years ago, the driving comfort provided by the Scott twins and their successes on the racetrack threatened the dominance of four-stroke engines. Only later did sophisticated four-stroke models in sports restore their reputation. It was a long journey for two-stroke engineering from the 1920 Scott Squirrel to the 1989 Yamaha RD 350 YPVS. The Bremen show will span the history of development from the much-admired Douglas Boxer manufactured in 1922 to the agile Honda CB 1 – 400 dating from 1989.
Between these two reference points, two-stroke and four-stroke bikes from all classes will be on show in Bremen: the cult bikes Honda Dax and Simson Schwalbe as well as the more obscure motor scooters Moto Guzzi Galletto and Progress Strolch. Also represented are the superbikes from the glam-rock era such as the Honda CB 750 four and the Suzuki GT 750, the legendary „water buffalo“. Sporty 250-class bikes with both drive concepts were already available in the 1930s. The lighter BMW R 23 and the complex Triumph BD 250 (both dating from 1939) show how rivalry drove development in the key 250 class. The 1958 Gilera 150 Rossa Super and the DKW RT 175 S illustrate the sharp contrasts that could be found between road models with sporty driving characteristics in the late 1950s. At least 20 motorbikes will be on show.
Bremen Classic Motorshow 2022: Only for vaccinated or recovered visitors / mask requirement is lifted
The pandemic meant that this year’s classic show could only take place in virtual form. The classic vehicle community heaped praise on the organisers for what they achieved online. It now seems certain that the anniversary edition in 2022 will take place as an in-person event once again – under “2G” rules. This means that only people who can provide evidence of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 will be able to attend. People who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons (and can prove this with a doctor’s certificate) can attend the Classic Motorshow if they present a proof of a negative corona test on the day of the event. „This solution ensures a high degree of safety and a return to something like normality“, says the Project Manager Frank Ruge. The “2G” rule dispenses with the obligation to wear a mask.
The Bremen Classic Motorshow will take place under “2G” rules from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 February 2022 in all the MESSE BREMEN exhibition halls. The latest information about the show and the hygiene concept is available at www.classicmotorshow.de.
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Bremen Classic Motorshow | 10.02.2021
Fans celebrate Bremen Classic Motorshow online event
Exciting, entertaining, informative, varied, impressive: These were some of the reactions of numerous visitors to the online Bremen Classic Motorshow in live chats and on social media. „Exhibitors, experts, classic ...
Organisers very happy with the response
Exciting, entertaining, informative, varied, impressive: These were some of the reactions of numerous visitors to the online Bremen Classic Motorshow in live chats and on social media. „Exhibitors, experts, classic vehicle enthusiasts or first-time visitors, they all loved our digital event“, said Hans Peter Schneider, Managing Director of M3B GmbH, which also includes MESSE BREMEN. Reluctantly, Frank Ruge, Project Manager of the Bremen Classic Motorshow, and his team were forced to cancel the in-person trade show because of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, they put together a five-hour online event for fans within just a few weeks. They presented their digital programme on 6 February 2021 at www.classicmotorshow.de. The community expressed their appreciation with heartfelt thanks and high praise.
13,323 participants followed the livestream. The organisers are happy with the result and assume the audience was larger because lots of people probably followed the event with another person. This was underlined by the figures on Monday lunchtime: „Since Saturday, the number of subsequent logins to the stream for the season kickoff has more than doubled, totalling over 34,200 views“, said Claudia Nötzelmann, the Head of Department at MESSE BREMEN. „And lots of people have watched the videos in our media library.“ The numbers are still rising. The trade show team in Bremen expect the videos to spread virally.
They report that the online marketplace alone attracted more than 5,250 visitors during the livestream, and since Saturday it has notched up over 82,960 clicks. Ruge and his team set up the platform on the website, with some 1,620 ads for classic vehicles, services, parts and automobilia. Potential buyers were able to access the online marketplace in parallel to the livestream.
„This success confirms the importance of the online event, and how right we were to set it up,“ said Nötzelmann. Project Manager Frank Ruge is extremely satisfied. „It went brilliantly, and we’re delighted to get so much positive feedback. But of course we’re hoping the 20th Bremen Classic Motorshow will take place as an in-person trade show.“ Visibly moved, he added: „The support we got from the sector and the effort many people made to contribute show just how committed the classic vehicle community is.“
Ruge was joined by journalist and veteran classic car expert Johannes Hübner to moderate the cost-free programme. There was high praise from the public for the Project Manager and his entire team for their commitment and hard work. „This has been a tough year for many of us“, said Ruge. „We felt the event was an important way for us to say: don’t let this get you down, we’re here for you and together we’ll get through.“
Anybody who missed the online event, would like to see it again or wants to browse the online marketplace will be pleased to know that both the digital programme of the 19th classic car show and the offers in the online marketplace will be available on the website up to 1 May. Meanwhile, the date for the anniversary edition of the Bremen Classic Motorshow is already fixed: It will take place from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 February 2022.
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