Essen Motor Show 2012 on December 1 – 9, 2012

The Spectrum Will Be Complete: From Tuning Gems and
Sporty Classic Cars Via Speedbikes Right up to Formula 1 Racers

On December 1 – 9, the Essen Motor Show will once again pick up speed. And will set off on an exciting final sprint right on time for the end of the motorsport season. Well then? Step on the accelerator and off you go! The 45th Essen Motor Show will put the spotlight on everything that automobile enthusiasts love. Together with the more than 500 exhibitors and a lot of partners, Messe Essen has tied up a breathtaking horsepower package.
In this respect, the concept of the fair will be divided into four sectors, including: sporty series automobiles, tuning, motorsport, classic cars and motorbikes. The whole thing will be garnished with live acts and special events. Of course, the eccentric and crazy creations from all over the world will not be missing this year either and will once more prove: The Essen Motor Show has long since possessed a cult status.

Absolute Thrills
And as the Essen Motor Show sets off on a sprint, there will be absolute thrills when the drift elite begin to rev up their engines at high speed on the course in the Motorsport Arena. For the first time, the final of the IDS Gymkhana Drift Cup which has grown into the official European Championship in 2012 will be staged in Essen. Not only associations and motorsport organisers but also racetracks and racing series will introduce themselves at the fair. The DTM will also be involved with its own presentation.

One new feature will be the “Motorsport-Summit”, a congress on the Trade Visitor and Press Day (November 30). The international forum will be staged together with SPONSORs, the leading organiser of congresses in the sports/economic environment. The “Motorsport Summit” will be geared to decision takers in the motorsport sector. Renowned experts, including Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director), have promised to take part.

Automobile Manufacturers and Their Innovations
The automobile manufacturers are displaying a growing interest in the fair: BMW, Ford, Mini, Opel, Renault Motorsport, Skoda, Subaru and Toyota Motorsport will be represented. The car refiners have once more announced a large number of world innovations. Messe Essen’s longstanding partner is VDAT (Verband Deutscher Automobil Tuner e.V. – “Association of German Automobile Tuners”) which was founded 25 years ago. It had seven members at that time and has over 130 today. As for years, VDAT has reserved its own exhibition area at the Essen Motor Show.
Legendary models from automobile history will once again be exhibited in the “Classic Cars” section. At the moment, the sector is profiting from a veritable boom; with prices which are exploding. This year, the traditional special show at the Essen Motor Show will put the legendary Porsche 911 and its variations in the light of the headlamps.

Focus on the World Sports Car Championship from 1953 to 1992
The races for the World Sports Car Championship from 1953 to 1992 are amongst the highlights in motorsport history. In these 40 years, famous automobile firms such as Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot or Porsche fought for the prestigious title which, at that time, was often enough precisely as coveted as the World Formula 1 Championship. 15 of the successful oldies will be presented at the Essen Motor Show.

Creative and Curious
In other special sectors, it will be possible to see the legendary VW Beetle as the quickest electric dragster in the world or as a one-off with handmade bodywork from the workshop of a Croatian wrought-iron craftsman. It will also be possible to marvel at a Harley-Davidson trike as a saloon with space for a scarcely credible number of eight passengers. Or a Harley-Davidson bike with seven engines and space for ten people who can sit one behind the other. The Finnjet is recommended for anybody for whom that is not yet sufficient: a nine-metre-long car with parts from 40 different models and other “junk” from the scrapyard. However, the highlight of these creations which have somewhat fallen out of the standard could be the Porsche Streamler – a tractor from 1959 which was lovingly restored.

Speedbikes and Hot Rods
The Speedbike Show with countless and unique bikes will be intended, in particular, for the motorbike fans. The Hot Rod section will deal with an anniversary in 2012: The Ford Model B came on to the market 80 years ago. Without this, there would probably not have been hardly any hot rod cars.

Events for Tuning Fans
The HELLA SHOW & SHINE AWARD 2012 and the eBay Motors “tuningXperience” should arouse great interest amongst the tuning fans. The Hella competition will take place for the fifth time already: With the motto of “Show Your Car in the Best Light!”, Germany’s tuning freaks will present their top-class vehicles at the Essen Motor Show. From a starter field of over 120 candidates in a preselection, a jury has once again chosen ten applicants to proceed to the final. The peculiarity: All the participating vehicles comply with the road traffic licensing regulations (StVZO).
The eBay Motors “tuningXperience” will give its premiere. Visitors will be able to marvel at unique tuned vehicles. Around 80 showcars with numerous details and modifications will be on display at Messe Essen. There, visitors will be able to pick up not only the latest tuning trends but also tips and suggestions for the work on their own vehicles.

First-Rate Design
Concept cars, studies and prototypes of the haute couture of automobile construction have belonged to the Essen Motor Show since time immemorial. It was already possible to see studies at the very first Essen Motor Show in 1968. In the meantime, Essen is defending a top position in the world as far as the number and mixture of the exhibits are concerned. This year, the represented manufacturers will include: Citroen, Fornasari, IED, Italdesign, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Rinspeed, Roding, Sbarro and Wiesmann.
Further information: www.essen-motorshow.de

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