Retro Classics 2009

Written by Super User | Monday, 16 February 2009 18:08

The 'Messe Stuttgart' hosts the 9th 'Retro Classics', one of the biggest classic car gatherings of Germany. 100,000 square metres has been allocated to enable the visitors to view a massive amount of nostalgia from 13 to 15 March. The exhibition is even divided in several themes which should all emphasise a particular feeling. From racing cars to cars from the begiing of the last century. It's all there plus several special displays, among them an impressive collection of Abarth cars brought by Abarth itself. Which is no doubt a good marketing gag for the new Fiat 500 Abarth..

Underneath an extract from the organiser's press release. Also take a look here for more information about how to get there:

New business travel package

Messe Stuttgart has created a special business travel package for visitors to the Retro Classics exhibition. This was made possible by the outstanding location of the new Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre adjacent to Stuttgart Airport. No matter how far visitors travel, whether by road, train or plane, whether three or four star accommodation is required — an individual package can be put together to suit all requirements. This includes entry to the Retro Classics, of course. And tickets can also be arranged for the Mercedes-Benz Museum, the brand new Porsche Museum or a musical at the SI-Centrum. More information is available via Internet at

Each exhibition hall has its own character

Retro Classics is sticking to its established “Theme Halls” concept in 2009. Each of the eight exhibition halls will have its own particular focus. Hall 1, for example, houses the great automobile manufacturers and suppliers, including Mercedes, Porsche, Ford and Bosch; as well as high-quality restorers and premium dealers such as Klaus Kienle, Horch Classic GmbH (Joachim Appel) and Mirbach. The Mercedes Museum, the Mercedes Classic Centre as well as the traditional departments of, among others, Porsche and Bosch will also be represented at the exhibition. Here and in Hall 3 you can find the “Neo Classics” along with matching clothing and accessories. All other leading dealers and restoration companies have their stands in Hall 3, while in Hall 5 the important and growing “youngtimer” segment has plenty of space devoted to it. German and international classic car clubs, displaying exhibits from Great Britain, France, Czech Republic and Italy are located in Hall 7, the “international hall”.

Special hall for motorsport

As a true highlight of the exhibition, Hall 4 has been specially dedicated to motor sport, under the name “Mythos Solitude” (“The Legend of Solitude”). Spread over 10,000 square metres, enthusiasts will find a huge array of sports cars, classic motorcycles as well as organisers specialising in veteran rallies. Other highlights in this hall include special shows featuring the legendary brands “Abarth” (20 unique exhibits) and “Ferrari” and displaying a range of sensational models.

Private market for visitors and private dealers in Hall6

Hall 6 will be home to a lively market featuring hundreds of vehicles, none of which must be manufactured before 1979. A key attraction over the three days of the exhibition, the car market for private sellers and dealers, has been hugely popular for many years. Charges for the duration of the exhibition are EUR 150 per vehicle and EUR 50 for a two-wheeler. Further information on participation can be found via Internet at:
Fans of “Automania” vintage miniatures will be in their element in the same hall.

Buses, lorries, fire engines and tractors

The new trade fair centre offers the Retro Classics enough space to be able to add further special exhibitions to its portfolio. One of these is a presentation of historical farm machinery and tractors covering approx. 2500 square metres, which is part of the commercial vehicle exhibition in Hall 8. This special hall also houses a fascinating range of omnibuses, heavy goods vehicles, tractors and fire engines covering a further 7500 square metres. The area for historical farm machinery and tractors is divided into three categories. In addition to the more than 100 tractor clubs from Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate, invitations have been sent to current manufacturers, including Fendt, John Deere, McCormick and Massey-Ferguson (represented by their traditional departments) as well as to representatives of the tractor market and the important accessories and spare parts segments.

The classic commercial vehicle association (NVG,, with its historical tractors and tipper trucks, will also be represented. The exhibition hall will be complemented by a range of historical fire engines as well as classic omnibuses, which were previously exhibited in the “Auwärter Hall” at the previous exhibition site. Konrad Auwärter from the Neoplan “dynasty” is exhibiting around two dozen of these powerful exponents of automobile history for the eighth time at the Retro Classics. Various classic models from Kässbohrer/Setra, Mercedes-Benz, Saurer, Steyr, Büssing and of course

Neoplan will be represented. The vehicles come not only from Germany, but also from Alsace, Austria and Switzerland. Hall 8 will also host a special show celebrating “60 years of Unimog” featuring several rare models. Hall 9 is devoted to exhibition visitors looking for accessories and original spare parts for their classic cars at the international parts market. 150 dealers have set up stall here, offering a wide range of “treasures” for the duration of the exhibition.

Focus on “youngtimers” and “Neo Classics”

On the subject of “Neo Classics” and “youngtimers”: “Moving to the cutting-edge Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre has enabled us to introduce two more sections to Retro Classics,” says Ulrich Herrmann, Chief Organiser of the Stuttgart Classic Car Exhibition. These two areas will both be extended in 2009. Herrmann confirms that one of these areas is the “Neo Classics”, “which includes current luxury saloons, production vehicles and sports cars, which, due to their small production numbers, are already regarded as classics.” Examples include a Bentley Flying Spear, the futuristic Morgan Aero and its “roadster colleague”, the V6 Lightweight, a Maybach 62 and the new Rolls-Royce Phantom, only 500 of which have found wealthy buyers. Concept cars from the designer studios of the big car manufacturers will also be shown here.

The second and significantly larger area of the Retro Classics is in Hall 5, which will focus on the increasingly important “youngtimers” segment — cars with at least 20 to 25 years under their belt, depending on model. Messe Stuttgart has consciously added this area to its portfolio and will once again present a multi-faceted and independent youngtimer show. “We will allocate a complete exhibition hall covering 10,000 square metres of floor space to the youngtimers,” says Herrmann, “where brands such as Mercedes, Porsche and VW as well as the models of other clubs will play a central role.”

Special exhibition of “The Historical Luggage of Louis Vuitton”

A particular highlight will be a special exhibition organised by The Vintage Luggage Company. Historical pieces such as chests, vanity cases and office cases from Louis Vuitton were only produced in small numbers. Some of the pieces are unique. Particular pieces are in demand worldwide and occasionally items are found which were believed lost or missing since the war. Such luggage items are like classic cars or antiques: the rarer they are, the more valuable they are. The market for antique luggage has experienced double-digit growth in recent years. Many people would rather invest in historical pieces with limited availability than in insecure shares or funds. Well-preserved items regularly achieve the highest prices at big auctions at Sotheby’s and Christies, and have developed into an interesting and lucrative investment option.

Retro Classics 2009 at the new Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre adjacent to Stuttgart Airport is open on Friday 13 March from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm and on Saturday and Sunday 14/15 March from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm. A preview day for journalists and trade visitors will be

held on Thursday 12 March. An opening press conference will be held prior to this at 11.00 am.

As in 2007 and 2008, admission charges for tickets (incl. VVS combined public transport ticket) is EUR 14 for adults and EUR 10 for children, students and other concession groups. Groups of 20 persons or more can visit the classic car exhibition for EUR 10 per ticket (not including VVS public transport tickets). Admission to the Retro Night on Saturday from 7.00 pm to 12.00 am costs EUR 15 (incl. VVS ticket) or EUR 25 in combination with a day ticket (incl. VVS).