Events : Preview – Techno-Classica Essen 2016

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

Alexander Boucke

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The 2016 Techno-Classica has opened for business. Over the weekend, around 250,000 visitors are expected to find their way into the halls. There is something for everyone with just a bit of petrol in their veins: car manufacturers present rarities from their collections, there are several large halls with trade stands for tools, automobilia and new or old spares, classic car dealers and, last but not least, the large display of car clubs.

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24/1 model of Fiat 500 Tamiya kit.
Winning club stand 2015.

Seemingly inspired by last year’s winning club stand (the Fiat 500 Club), the recently-rebranded Jaguar Land Rover Classic has laid on a clever display of all the body panels available for the Series 1 E-type in the form of a giant Airfix model kit.

However, the original Land Rover Series 1 gets most attention, with several cars shown in pre- and post-restoration condition – personally, we liked the as-found cars a lot. You can read more about the Reborn Series Is over here

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Opel has assigned all of its space to the deliciously pretty GT, with a stand that includes the original 1965 design study, the 1968 production car and the new concept car from this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Similarly, Fiat put its old and new 124 Abarth Spiders on display.

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AROnline will return to the show and report in more detail during the coming days.

Alexander Boucke

Based in Aachen, Germany, Alexander has had BMC>ARG cars around him since birth - in fact his earliest childhood memories are from buying a new Landcrab with his family at the age of two. The new cars have aged to classic cars and a few more have joined the family fleet - most of them by now proper classics and many with Hydrolastic or Hydragas suspension. Alexander joined the AROnline team back in 2002 when helping out to get some facts right on the Austin 3 Litre.

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