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Techno Classica Essen has ten birthdays on the agenda

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One of Europe’s largest classic car shows, Techno Classica in Essen, opens its doors on Wednesday. Some 1250 exhibitors are expected, and with ten important birthdays to celebrate, there will be plenty to see.

Last year, Techno Classica suffered from the end of the covid-crisis. Restrictions were being wound down, but most of all; people were afraid to come out to a mass event. This year, we have seen quite the opposite at Rétromobile in Paris and even at Retro Classics in Stuttgart. Organisers are hopeful then, that Techno Classica can reclaim its crown as one of the biggest classic car shows in Europe.

Hannu Mikkola was fastest in the 1981 and 1982 Lombard RAC Rallies. In 1983 he went on to take the driver’s world championship title. Photo Audi

40 years Quattro champ

Over the course of five days, 1250 exhibitors stand spread out over eight ‘Messe’ halls. It’s still a bit of a question mark if all the big German manufacturers will be officially present with a stand, or if they will leave the honours to the many clubs. Mercedes will be present, and has reason to celebrate with 60 years of the Mercedes 600 and 60 years of the Mercedes 230 SL Pagoda in 2023. Then there is the forty years since the Audi Quattro took its first world championship, in 1983 with Hannu Mikkola. And yes, the Audi TT is already 25 years old as well.

Photo Porsche

Schumacher Ferrari

Porsche has 75 years of the company to celebrate, there is the 50 years of the legendary BMW 2002 turbo, there is 100 years of MG, 70 years Corvette, 75 years of the Citroën 2CV and finally, 50 years of the Volkswagen Passat. Autostadt, the Volkswagen Group’s experience centre, will showcase different restoration projects.

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Over at Eberlein Automobile, Michael Schumacher’s 2005 Ferrari F1, the F2005, will be on display. This was the last V10-engined Ferrari F1. It scored just the one win that season: the US GP at Indianapolis where only the Bridgestone-shod cars took the start.

Techno Classica runs from April 12th until April 16th. Info on tickets and opening hours here.

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