There's serious support from the big German brands too, all of them tying up grassroots club displays with pukka, corporate sponsorship and glitzy motor show stands. If you ever needed evidence of how much the Germans love their cars, Techno Classica is it. And it's a broad church, with silver-haired millionaires in shooting jackets laying down six-figure sums on Gullwings at one end and stands of guys laying out a van full of old BMW indicator lenses and random window seals on a table at the other.
It's not about tyre-kicking either. Iif you're serious about buying a car or simply looking for a few bits to tidy up your pride and joy and have the time to indulge in rifling through boxes of old bits this is the place to come.
Amid the glitzy stands there are areas set aside for private car sales, the courtyards in the show grounds thriving trading areas with constant wheeling and dealing. There's a definite Essen tax, however, so bargains are few and far between. That said, if you're after something like an E30 M3, rare Alpina or similar German-market rarity there's more choice than you'd get back home. A good example would be the 964 RS - we saw a couple of very good ones for less than 80,000 euros which, while hardly a bargain, is competitive with what they're going for back home.
full info here. Tickets are 20 euros apiece. And if you're driving out it's not a million miles out of the route to divert past acertain German racetrack either...
More in-depth stories from the bigger Essen stands to follow shortly - stay tuned!