Our dates are now fixed for the Bremen Classic Motorshow (from Friday, 1 February to Sunday, 3 February 2019). To help you plan, we have put together a brief overview and researched a few topics in advance:
We would also like to invite you to come and visit us. If you need a break from the stressful hubbub of the fair, or a quiet place to work, come and see us in the Press Office in Hall 5, Stand 5 F 01. Here, you will be able to work, chat with colleagues, and have a drink and a snack.
Now on to the dates and topics of the fair:
Friday, 1 February 2019:
- Official opening of the 17th Bremen Classic Motorshow at 11:00 in Hall 5, Stand 5 D 20. Contact persons are: Ekkehart Siering (State councillor to the Senator for Economics, Ports, and Labour), Markus Keicher (Head of Production and Site Manager at the Mercedes-Benz plant Bremen) and Hans Peter Schneider (Managing Director of Messe Bremen & ÖVB Arena).
Saturday, 2 February 2019:
- The Forum for Vehicle History “F-kubik” awards the “Golden Piston each year for special service in documenting vehicle history and presenting it to the public. This year it goes to Jürgen Book, Manager of Classic Cars at BASF Coatings GmbH. As the initiator behind the program Glasurit Classic Car Colors, Jürgen Book earned the award for his contributions to historical automotive preservation such as creating the largest colour shade database in the world. Under his influence, painting processes are being developed that can be used to mimic or reconstruct old looks with modern painting technology. In addition, unusual repair processes are being developed for classic cars. One process being introduced to the market even makes it possible to reconstruct signs of ageing in the surrounding existing paint, for instance. 11 o’clock, Hall 5, Stand 5 F 03. Contact via Lars Döhmann (F-kubik, Tel. 0171 – 837 79 18).
Sunday, 3 February 2019:
- Award ceremony for the “Spirit of the Show” Three exhibits in each of the categories motorcycles/two-wheeled vehicles and passenger/sports cars with outstanding technology, design, and condition will be honoured (1:00 PM, Hall 5, Stand 5 D 20).
- Award for “Best Club Presentation“, 2:00 PM, Hall 5 Stage, Stand 5 D 20.
And here are our topic suggestions:
- DEUVET, der Bundesverband für Clubs klassischer Fahrzeuge e.V. (Federal Association for Classic Vehicle Clubs), focuses on developments surrounding driving bans due to excessive nitrogen dioxide levels, in particular with respect to potential future classics: many ’90s models that could be collectible in the future may fall under such bans. Since April 2018, DEUVET has been working in the “Immediate program for clean air” working group to obtain exceptions for classic cars. Positions and perspectives are on display at the DEUVET stand (Hall 5 Stand 5 F 03).
- Tony Leenes from Lemmer in the Netherlands restores classic motorcycles from India, and even operates his own Indian museum. The self-christened “Mister Indian of Holland” has been exhibiting motorcycles in Bremen for many years and is bringing two unique examples along with him – just right for this year’s special show – a one of a kind piece, the Indian Daytona Speedway record motorcycle from 1927 and an Indian “Big” Chief from 1948 (Hall 1, Stand 1 B 12).
- The speedometer is practically brand new, reading just 1,100 kilometres, but the “Jubi-Käfer” (anniversary Beetle) built in 1986 has experienced quite a bit, despite a long downtime. It was slated for delivery in Denmark, but was badly damaged in a hail storm, turning the special model built to celebrate the 50th birthday of the VW Beetle into a return. Now this anniversary model is getting a second chance: the 1. Käferclub Wolfsburg (1st Beetle Club of Wolfsburg) has made it its goal to disassemble the roughly 33-year-old damaged Beetle on the Friday of the fair, then rebuild it by Sunday evening with original parts. Classic car experts from Volkswagen Classic Parts will be supporting the project with lots of new parts. At least five experienced grease monkeys from the 1. Käferclub Wolfsburg will be getting down to work in a professionally equipped workshop starting at the beginning of the fair in Hall 5, Stand 5 D 10. According to Björn Schewe from the Beetle club, the goal is to give the anniversary Beetle a nice home at the VW museum after the fair.
- Since 2011, the Bremen Classic Motorshow has been presenting around a dozen “young classics” in a special area of Hall 6 each year. These must fulfil a clear set of requirements: odometers below 100,000 kilometres, from the 1960s to 1990s, primarily in original condition and tested by the TÜV Rheinland. In 2019, the young classics were joined by around 10 examples of the “young generation”: in collaboration with Comco, a provider of leasing agreements for classic cars, dealers and private individuals sell cars from the 70s through the 90s in Hall 6 Stand 6 A 40. These can be restored and are not TÜV tested. These include, for instance, a VW SP2 (1975) and 1979 BMW 635 CSi with a Schnitzer-Zender chassis.
- A different kind of youth development: it runs, it’s in good technical shape, does everything it should, and is reserved for a young person under 25 – we’re talking about a Vespa PK 50 xl2 (1992). The red speedster is a used entry-level model that will be getting a final polish at the Bremen Classic Motorshow before it’s given away. The prices for a classic Vespa are high after increases in the past several years – especially for younger members of the scene. The four scooter clubs HMRJ, Zottel Zossen, Vespa-Bande and Diekdüvels from Bremen, Bremerhaven and the Oldenburger Land came for the prize drawing. You can find the clubs and the scooter on the top deck in the foyer of Hall 1 at Stand 1 OD 30.
- Since 1950, for instance, VW buses have been popular travel vehicles for discovering nearby destinations or the wide world with baggage and the family in tow. Fans, in the meantime, had to dig deep to afford the earlier versions. The third generation, however, which celebrates its 40th birthday this year, is still affordable – but buyer beware! T3 specialist Dirk Klöß will be explaining which parts are susceptible to rust and corrosion in Hall 4 at Stand 4 B 20 every day at 10, 12, 2 PM and 4 PM in brief presentations titled “Prominent points on the T3”. He will also be demonstrating the problems using a T3 Joker. Anyone interested in getting a T3 should check it out – six suitable models will be on display, including an amphibious bus.
- These movie heroes are a little bit different – they’re V8 classic cars In collaboration with Helge Thomsen from the Motoraver Verlag, the Bremen Classic Motorshow will be displaying seven replicas of famous cars from blockbusters and TV hits from the 60s through the 80s. One of them – set in an original scene via movie trailers – is the “Bluesmobile” from “Blues Brothers” (a 1974 Dodge Monaco) or the V8-Interceptor from “Mad Max”, a 73 Ford Falcon XB GT pepped up with around 600 HP. The 1982 Pontiac Trans AM found fame in “Knight Rider” as the talking car “K.I.T.T.”. The DeLorean DMC-12 from “Back to the Future” isn’t equipped with a V8 motor, but it does have a “flux capacitor”. However, it will not be in Hall 6 (Stand 6 B 02) with all the other movie stars on wheels, but instead in the foyer of Hall 1.
- Who hasn’t seen them, the classic colourful boxes with small, perfectly scaled cars behind a plastic window – Matchbox model cars and their cardboard boxes are iconic! The “Kult-Blech Szene” (Cult Metal Scene) club has a soft spot for cars as representatives of cultural heritage. In Hall 6 at Stand 6 A 42, the 100 club members from the Emsland, the county of Bentheim and the Osnabrück region will be presenting a matchbox car in a scale of 1:1. The same is true, of course, for the car in the box. A very rare Audi Avant RS2 will be on display, a so-called sports estate car and cooperation between Audi and Porsche based on the Audi 80 Avant type B4/8C. When it came out in 1994, it was the most powerful and fastest series production Audi ever built.
- “Young mechanics” are the theme for the Fiat-500-Forum e. V. (Hall 4, Stand 4 B 31): The car, issued in 2018 as a “kit” will be assembled at the exhibition stand this year and is slated to roll out of the Hall on its own axles on Sunday. The younger members of the club will be doing all the assembly: five boys and two girls between 15 and 22 years of age.
- Discover garage finds, exotic pieces and everyday heroes at the vehicle swap in the parking garage. Over 250 older and newer classic cars will be available there for sale, offered by private individuals from all over Germany and Europe. These will include, for instance, a Renault R4 from 1969, which Hape Kerkeling’s younger self drove through the Ruhr region in the hit film “Der Junge muss an die frische Luft” (The boy needs fresh air).
From the special exhibitions:
- Under the title “Estate car nation”, this year’s Bremen Classic Motorshow will be presenting 13 different estate car variations from six countries. Exotic and one-of-a kind cars will be among those on display, such as the Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake from 1966 or the Volvo 1800 ES prototype (1968). One of just four Fiat 130 Familiare ever built will also be on display. It was manufactured by hand in 1972 at the chassis manufacturer Officine Introzzi for Dr. Umberto Agnelli, brother of Fiat’s founder Giovanni Agnelli. The sedan in the series served as the base, while the design came from the company’s own Centro Stile Fiat. The cream coloured Familiare is equipped with a V6 engine with a 3.2 litre displacement and 165 HP. Hall 5, Stand 5 D 20 Other estate cars on display in the halls: 1988 Lynx Eventer (Hall 5, Stand 5 A 06), 1954 Citroën 11 CV Commerciale (Hall 2, Stand 2 B 20), Citroën DS 20 Familiale from 1973 (Hall 5, Stand 5 B 21), 1949 Bentley Mark VI Radford Countryman (Hall 5, Stand 5 C 10) and a Volvo P1800 ES (Hall 2, Stand 2 A 25).
- An Indian from 1913, a Henderson KJ from 1930, the “Knucklehead” and other models from Harley-Davidson, the fastest motorcycle in the United States in 1937: American motorcycles are legends. This year’s special exhibition “The century of coolness” is focused on them. There, visitors can admire a selection of character bikes ranging through the 1970s. Hall 1, Stand 1 C 40.
- Bicycle fans will also find something to enjoy at the Bremen Classic Motorshow. In the foyer of Hall 1, cycling enthusiast Wolfgang Hagemann will be presenting not only steel racing bikes for sale from different dealers, but also nine rare pieces from his collection. The racing bikes from the 1940s through the 1980s stand for the spirit of the times in their own eras, and were state of the art. On one racing bike from the 40s, for instance, the gear shift is still on the seat stay, you had to reach behind you and pedal backwards to switch gears. Upper deck Hall 1, Stand 1 OD 10.