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Bremen Classic Motorshow: Deadline and Topic Tips

Dear colleagues,

Our programme for the Bremen Classic Motorshow from Friday, 31 January to Sunday, 2 February 2020 is now complete. To help you plan, we’ve drawn up an overview and taken a closer look at certain topics for you.

We’d also like to invite you to visit us. If you need a break from the crowds or a quiet place to work, simply drop in to our Press Office in Hall 5, Stand F 01. Here you can work, chat to colleagues and enjoy light refreshments.


Here’s a look at the dates, times and topics of the show:

Friday, 31 January 2020:

  • Joint press conference of the 18th Bremen Classic Motorshow with SPEICHER at 11 a.m. in the Business Lounge, Hall 7. The panel are: Karl-Heinz Rehkopf (Chairman of the Foundation Council of the Kulturstiftung Kornhaus, Einbeck), Lothar Meyer-Mertel (Managing Director of PS.SPEICHER, Einbeck), Hans Peter Schneider (Founder of the Bremen Classic Motorshow and Managing Director of MESSE BREMEN/M3B GmbH) and Frank Ruge (Project Manager of the Bremen Classic Motorshow).

Saturday, 1 February 2020:

  • Each year, the forum for vehicle history, better known as “F-kubik”, presents the Golden Piston for exceptional achievements in the documentation of vehicle history and its public presentation. In 2020, Dieter Dressel from Bad Homburg will receive the polished piston from a historical engine. F-kubik will present this award in recognition of Dieter Dressel’s valuable work in establishing the “Central Garage”, a venue for changing exhibitions and extensive documentation of German vehicle history. The award ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in Hall 5, Stand 5 F 03. Contact Lars Döhmann (F-kubik, Tel. 0171 – 837 79 18).

Sunday, 2 February 2020:

  • Discussion round: The current situation on the young and old classic vehicle scene will be discussed by: Tiddo Bresters, President of the FIVA World Federation (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens), Bernd Lange, Member of the European Parliament and initiator and Head of the Historic Vehicle Group, Carsten Müller, Member of the German Parliament and Head of the Automobile Cultural Heritage Parliamentary Group as well as Peter Schneider, President of DEUVET – Bundesverband Oldtimer – Youngtimer (meeting point at 10:45 a.m. in Hall 5, Stand 5 F 03).
  • Autograph session: In summer 2019, Joey Kelly and his son Luke drove a 1967 VW T1 from Berlin to Beijing. They financed the four-week, 12,000-kilometer road trip through ten countries exclusively with donations and exchange deals. The classic van was the Kelly Family band’s first vehicle, and it was restored to a roadworthy condition by the company Auto Wichert. Fans and others interested in the story can find out more about the camper van, the adventure and new travel plans from musician and endurance athlete Joey Kelly between 12 noon and 2 p.m. in Hall 5, Stand 5 D 11.
  • Announcement of the winners of the Spirit of the Show Prizes will go to three exhibits in each of the categories motorcycles/two-wheelers and cars in recognition of exceptional engineering, design and condition (1 p.m., Hall 5, Stand 5 D 20).
  • Prizegiving for Best Club Presentation, 2 p.m., Hall 5, Stand 5 D 20.


Here are our topic tips:

  • Classic vehicle enthusiasts who don’t just want to look, but are also hoping to buy, should go to the international sales exhibition in Halls 4, 5 and 6. They will also find the Young Generation platform in Hall 6 (Stand 6 B 20). Ten in some cases high-performance cars from the 1970s to the 1990s will be on sale there. The Young Classics in the adjacent area are largely in original condition and have a low mileage on the clock. In contrast, the Young Generation models may be restored and have not been TÜV tested. This is a great opportunity to see, buy, enjoy – for example a 1999 BMW Z3 M coupe, a 1986 VW Golf 2 GTI 16V or a Renault 5 Alpine built in 1981.
  • Philipp Kaess has been tinkering with young classic cars for half his life, making them more powerful, lighter and faster. These days, a large audience watches him at work. Some of the 33-year-old’s YouTube tutorials have racked up more than half a million clicks. Step by step, the tuner explains for example how he customises an Audi S4 saloon to give it the look of an RS4 Avant. The finished but still unpainted body shell will be on show in Hall 5 at Stand 5 C 10. Kaess will also display a second long-term project there: a 32-year-old Golf 2, fitted with an XXL turbocharger in the engine compartment, distinctive rear spoilers and a roll cage. This safety feature is a must because the souped-up VW with its 900-hp front-wheel drive can reach speeds of up to 300 km/h.
  • In the mirror hall in Hall 1, visitors to the Bremen Classic Motorshow 2020 can experience a premiere: the Classic Custom Motorcycle Lounge with 40 motorcycles. They are all unique, however they have two things in common. They are customisations created on classic motorbike frames which date from before 1995. Included in the show are for example a Moto Guzzi Le Mans 3 next to a BMW R 60 from the 1980s, both of which are barely recognisable. The bikes exhibited in categories such as bobbers, scramblers, trackers and café racers reflect the creativity and top craftsmanship of the North-German customiser community.
  • Hall 1 is traditionally reserved for two-wheelers. In 2020, ten new complete motorcycle dealers will ensure a much larger range is on offer, including Italian bikes. Even more choice is available in the already fully booked Two-Wheeler Mart with 25 models on sale (Stand 1 B 10). Both dealers and private owners will offer their ready-to-drive treasures there. A huge range of models and construction years is represented – for example a 1936 Zündapp DB 200, a BMW R 90 S dating from 1975 and a 1996 Suzuki GSX R 1100.
  • The four-wheeler equivalent of the Two-Wheeler Mart is the Vehicle Mart. Here, around 260 young and old classic cars will be on sale. Rarities, treasures from the back of the garage and day-to-day workhorses from all over Germany, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands will be on sale in the multi-storey carpark. Just some examples are a Wartburg 353 Tourist built in 1988, an Opel Commodore GS/E from 1977 and a 1978 Matra-Simca Rancho, which is considered a forerunner of today’s SUVs.
  • Since the beginning of 2020, the next generation of VW camper vans has joined the range of classic cars: the T4. Dirk Klöß, an expert on VW vans, points out that these new classics are especially popular with 25 to 35-year olds. Using a prepared T4 Caravelle without installations, he will demonstrate what parts that are especially susceptible to rust and corrosion buyers should look out for. The presentations will take place in Hall 4 at Stand 4 B 10 on Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Sun, sand and surfing go well with the Bremen Classic Motorshow. At least, that’s what Helge Thomsen from publishing house Motoraver Verlag in cooperation with Messe Bremen aims to prove in Hall 6 at Stand 6 B 02. He will display five US cars dating from the 1960s to the 1980s. Made to eat up long journeys and fitted as a standard with eight-cylinder engines, they proudly display a characteristic patina. Instead of being restored to collector’s condition, the “V8 surfcars” roll up complete with rust, dents and stickers, and still transport today’s surfers to their favourite beaches. Included in the display in Hall 6 at Stand 6 B 02 are a Dodge Van A 100 from 1966, the American equivalent of the VW camper van, and a 1959 Ford Ranch Wagon.
  • Two DTM heroes have also been announced for the 18th Bremen Classic Motorshow: the evolution models of the Mercedes-Benz 190 E and the BMW M3. In the 1992/93 German Touring Car Championships, the two competed against each other with their power of 370 hp and speeds of up to 330 km/h. To create a fitting environment for this meeting of historical rivals, 17 of the 150 members of the Kult-Blech-Szene club built a giant, 100-square-metre Carrera track including guide rails. The two original racing cars are displayed on the tracks (Hall 4, Stand 4 A 13).
  • Bremen Classic Motorshow meets PS.SPEICHER: In 2020, the club based in Einbeck is represented with three stands. And for good reason: On 17 July, Europe’s largest classic car collection will open to the public in southern Lower Saxony. More than 2,500 cars, motorcycles, compact cars, commercial vehicles and Lanz Bulldog tractors will be on display on an area of 18,000 square metres. In Hall 4 at Stand 4 C 10, PS.SPEICHER will display a cross-section of exhibits from the PS.Depot, which will not be on general view until summer. Included here are a 1929 Adler Favorit 8/35 in original condition, which was used as a taxi in Berlin, and a Panhard Dyna X from the 1950s. In the foyer of the ÖVB-Arena, visitors can admire a Benz Victoria No. 99 built in 1894. This is Europe’s oldest vehicle approved for use on the roads (Stand 1 O 02). Further information is available in Hall 5, Stand 5 F 10.
  • At the Drag Racing Germany club stand, it’s hard to know which car to marvel at first: The 1963 Chevrolet Nova with 1,000 hp and ten-litre capacity, which is five times that of a standard Golf? The 1968 Chrysler Newport with a 6.2-litre capacity, which weighs two tons, measures two metres wide and at a length of six metres is just as deep as the trade show stand is long? Or the 1954 Borgward Isabella with 2,000 hp and a top speed of 325 km/h? This is the very first time the Borgward has been on display at any trade fair. It will be disassembled on site and the automatic system will be taken apart and overhauled. Visitors who want to watch this process live should go to Stand 6 A 10 in Hall 6.
  • In the 1960s, the Kalmar-DAF was well known particularly in Sweden – as a postal vehicle. With its steering wheel on the right and a right-hand sliding door, it was extremely practical: open sliding door, throw out post – and go. The DAF-Forum club stand in Hall 2, Stand 2 A 23 features a workshop mockup as a backdrop for a Kalmar-DAF on the base of a DAF 44 with an air-cooled two-cylinder boxer engine. The team will also present lots of technical exhibits, including a DAF Variomatik continuously variable transmission. For this purpose, they’ve designed a handy model that slots together so that visitors can pick it up and take it apart.


Notes on the special shows and sales platforms:

  • Every year, the special shows at the Bremen Classic Motorshow are dazzling highlights. This year, visitors can look forward to the “Rivals!” show in Hall 5. Seven famous pairs of classic competitors will confront each other, for example the luxury roadsters Mercedes-Benz 300 SL and BMW 507. It wasn’t the manufacturers, but the fans themselves who turned these dream machines into rivals by fuelling the competition between them. The best example of this was the rivalry between Ford Capri and Opel Manta devotees. This duel will be reflected at the Bremen Classic Motorshow in Hall 5, Stand 5 D 20.
  • Two wheels better than four? The special show in Hall 1 celebrates 70 years of motor scooter culture in Germany. Twenty exhibits reflect urban mobility on two wheels. They range from the Bastert one-track auto to the Vespa PX and the BMW Concept Link prototype, displayed here for the first time in Germany. At the show, visitors will also be able to admire the “Vietnam Swallow” owned by collector Martin Klein. He will be on hand himself to answer questions and give tips on fixing these scooters. For six months in 2019, the 25-year-old was on the road with his white and grey KR 51/2 dating from 1986. Klein had the idea for the trip when more and more fans from all over the world started writing to him. His YouTube tutorials give other Simson riders valuable self-help tips and generate hundreds of thousands of clicks (Hall 1, Stand 1 C 40).
  • Even more rarities on two wheels are on show in the foyer of Hall 1. The special show “Collectors’ Dream Racing Bikes from the 70s and 80s” presents eight racing bikes. The exhibits include a 1986 Cinelli Laser and a 1987/88 titanium racer from Passoni. They come from the collection of the bike enthusiast Wolfgang Hagemann. “Each of the 300 Cinellis was hand-made, so no two Lasers are the same.” This is how Hagemann sums up the special attraction of the design icons from the 80s and the exclusivity of the show. The display is complemented perfectly by a large selection of racing bikes and accessories for sale. (Upper deck Hall 1, Stand 1 OD 10)


If you have any questions or require further information, contacts or image material, please visit us in the Press Office in Hall 5, Stand 5 F 01. Of course, you can also call us on +49 421 / 35 05 – 4 44 or send an e-mail to viezens@messe-bremen.de.

We hope you enjoy an exciting event with great conversations!

Best regards,

Kristin Viezens



Further information for editorial offices:

Kristin Viezens, Tel. +49 421 / 3505 – 444
Email: viezens@messe-bremen.de; Website: www.messe-bremen.de