Reader submission — Techno Classica 2013 (Essen, Germany)
Reader Franz of totalporsche.com shared these shots of some of our, er, favoritest cars from the Techno Classica 2013 auto show in Essen, Germany— he is clearly very finely attuned to the tastes of this website ;)
Thanks for sharing, Franz!
And here’s a NYT article on the Techno Classica:
The Biggest Car Show You May Never Have Heard Of
ESSEN, Germany — Most American vintage-car enthusiasts are familiar with the big annual gatherings commonly known as Pebble Beach, Barrett-Jackson and Fall Hershey. In recent years, growing numbers of well-heeled gearheads have found room on their schedules for overseas events like Rétromobile in Paris and the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.
But the Techno Classica show, held each spring at the Messe Essen exposition center here, is a relative secret. Though vast, it is little known in the United States.
Techno Classica, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, combines dealer exhibits with car-club displays and a classic-car auction by Coys, along with hundreds of vendors selling new and used parts, accessories, clothing, die-cast model cars, literature and manuals.
Techno Classica may be the closest thing the classic car world has to an all-encompassing trade show. Consider the numbers: 2,500 cars on display, 234 participating clubs, 1,250 vendors and 1.3 million square feet of display space. Nearly 200,000 people attended over five days in mid-April.