Classic Retrofit at Techno Classica Essen

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve attended the amazing classic car show that is Techno Classica Essen, but it’s been one of my favourites for almost two decades. After reading about Techno Classica for several years in the vintage car press, I first visited the show in 2002 and have returned most years since.

This year marks a nice development, as my youngest daughter is coming with me for the first time. We’re on a mini road trip that involves staying in my regular haunt in Dusseldorf, two doors up from the excellent Schumacher brewery, trains back and forth to Essen and a return leg taking in some of the many WW2 sites across northern Europe. My 14 year-old is an ardent German speaker, keen photographer and a budding historian who is fascinated by the second World War, so it should be an interesting weekend.

No trip to Essen would be complete without a Porsche friend in tow. Jonny Hart from Classic Retrofit is exhibiting at Techno Classica Essen, sharing a stand in Hall 8 with QuickFit Seat Belt Specialists. Jonny is at the show Thursday and Friday, so make sure to catch up with him in Hall 8 if you want to talk fuse panels, CDI upgrades and electric air conditioning.

Jonny has learned from my experience and is also staying in Dusseldorf, so no doubt there’ll be some noisy English chatter at the Schumacher brewery on Thursday night. Hope to see some of you at the show: I’m looking forward to checking out what Porsche has assembled for the 914’s 50th anniversary and to seeing what else is on other manufacturers’ stands. I’ve just started contributing to a BMW magazine so will be harvesting ideas for that also.

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