The Bremen Classic Motorshow is one of the very first events of the year that is always worth a trip. There is always a special topic the Bremen Classic is dedicated to, with this year’s focus on The Treasures of Karmann.
World famous, made in Lower Saxony
Located in Osnabrück, a city in Lower Saxony, Germany, Karmann was a professional body work company which mostly produced the more extraordinary models for Volkswagen. Among the broad range of models made by Karmann were the VW Corrado, the Porsche 914, several convertibles, and of course the very famous Karmann Ghia.
Though there’s a focus on cars, the Bremen Classic does not start on four wheels. Just behind the main entrance, the Bremen Classic greets you familiarly with a motorbike exhibition. Traditionally red is the dominating color. Beside all of the elegant Italian delights and charming British pig-irons, a very rare bike drew my attention. A Danish Nimbus with a longitudinally mounted 4-cylinder engine.
United in diversity
After zigzagging the way through the folks, Sebastian and I reached the beginning of the car show. Here you’ll always find the little enthusiast clubs with their 2CVs, DAFs, and Escorts. It’s an excellent chance to see, how creative some people are in order to make their little stalls special. Sadly, one of the highlights was unfavorably placed a little bit offside: The Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 AMG. The legendary endurance-racer, better known as “Rote Sau” – the red hog. For sure, it deserves some more breathing space for its truly impressive appearance.
From the “Big Red One” to the “Clash of the midgets”. Some of the coolest cars we’ve found were the pocket racers. Being big in racing is often not a matter of size. Cars like a NSU TTS, Abarth 850 TC, Mini Cooper S, or Simca 1000 proved to be able to drive circles around way larger competitors. Especially a beautiful classic Mini painted in light blue caught our attention.
Air-cooled remains hot
I just recently wrote an article on car prices. Probably, it is my personal Porsche-filter or just a remarkable coincidence, but there were more 911s than ever before. The place was virtually flooded by them. They all were in surprisingly good condition and – of course – very expensive. Still outstanding, however, was this fully restored ’73 Carrera RS. This ultra-rare light-weight specimen with an enhanced engine was for sale for nearly 1 Million €! Some other models were less original but sometimes even cooler, like that light-blue hod-rodded G-model. At the end of the show I felt like a kid in a candy shop – happy and broody at once.
Too much is never enough
Events like the Bremen Classic are huge. Too huge to show all the beads. We took so many pictures, but they still represent just a snippet of what was presented. Unfortunately, they hadn’t that many BMWs, but I was recouped with this neat M10-engine that was shown at Engels Motorsport. This one would definitively make a proper fit to my Neue Klasse.
To show all of the pictures would be a bit too much, but I hope you enjoy the selection that is presented here. For the grand finale I’ve picked a bit of everything.