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8 reasons to visit the Essen Motor Show 2015

Roman Domes
8 reasons to visit the Essen Motor Show 2015
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Z finds 48th times the Essen Motor Show is taking place this year, and it is still far from its midlife crisis. Car shows are a relic of the past? Who knows: when it comes to new products and world premieres, that may be true.

But who would travel to Essen especially for this? To the IAA in Frankfurt, yes, of course, but you're going to Essen for other reasons. We crept through the halls on the first Saturday, listened and sniffed the fair atmosphere. Literally.

1. Here the tuning is still really old school

Lower the cart, strap wide slippers onto the VW Polo type 86c and install a thick system with a 3,000 watt amplifier is out? Nonsense. Deep, wide, loud: that's how it works in Essen - the fans are thrilled. 'How deep?' stands on an extremely deep VW Golf V, whose fenders cover almost the entire upper half of the wheel.

In a Nissan 350 Z called 'Bluelady' (not Fairlady), the bass hums from the trunk, but none at all is more, just a stereo system, of course with a screen above it, for the evening parking lot.

2. Your play instinct will be satisfied in Essen

First came the Gameboy, then the Playstation and at 18 finally the car. For visitors to the Essen Motor Show 2015, the car is also a bit of a toy. And the exhibitors at the tuning fair also know that you're never too old to play.

Driving remote-controlled cars, squeezing into simulators of all stripes or becoming a transformer in the form of a Ford Mustang in Hall 2: you can try something out in every corner of the fair. Nice.

3. Here the mood is more relaxed than anywhere else

Why is that? Good question, maybe because people here want one thing above all: fun. No complex moderation about company strategy, business reports or future prospects, there is no such thing here. Instead, lots of laughter, casual conversations, easy going.

The only people who look angry here are the hot rod boys, but the long-bearded Kustom fans also thaw when you see them over their cars inquires. The only danger that remains is that you will become a hot rod fan yourself. Of course, only someone with a chopped roof would come into the garage.

4. Because the post just goes off in Essen

In the DMAX Motorsport Arena, the crowds cram themselves into the narrow space at 10am. Why? It's loud, stuffy, a little gloomy here. It doesn't matter: The drift boys simply inspire everyone - even older women who are initially skeptical with their grandchildren by the hand. Clap, applause, 'Yeah!' - shouts.

And those who are patient enough to queue can even do a few laps as a passenger, and not only with the Drifters. Ring-Racing also lets two VLN racers do fast laps on the slippery surface: a BMW 125i with almost 300 hp and the roaring Lexus IS F with a V8 steam hammer.

5. There is motorsport in (almost) every form here

Speaking of racing cars: Because of all the tuning, the large motorsport presence is often forgotten. The Essen Motor Show has a fascinating number of racers parked in the halls. From the 'Dakar Rally' truck that Jacky Ickx drove in the 1980s and which is still - or again - full of mud, to Formula racing cars from Dallara to the new Porsche 919 Hybrid, the winning car of the 6-hour race at the Nürburgring.

Timo Bernhard leaning casually on the rear wing gives a couple of autographs - but not everyone knows him. That leads to a few funny scenes in front of the Nürburgring stand. Everyone would know Mark Webber.

6. Because there are the craziest cars in Essen

Jean Pierre Kraemer is probably the secret star in Essen. Well, not that secret either. Noticeably many young men wear caps with the company logo of Kraemer's tuning company 'JP Performance'. Wild vehicles are parked on the Dortmund exhibition stand, from the Lamborghini Aventador to the Nissan GT-R to the sparkling VW Golf - something for every taste.

With a car that is hidden in Hall 12 , the eyes get caught particularly often: Bert van de Klundert brought it with him: the Porsche 964 powered by RUF, converted by the Japanese Akira Nakai. Fans know this name. Just like his company 'Rauh Welt Term', which has specialized in the wide body of Porsches.

7. Because the party already takes place at lunchtime

The Essen Motor Show cannot be described with the somewhat outdated term 'auto show'; that arouses false expectations. It's more of a huge party, where the first beer is torn up at 9 in the morning, in the 'Bavarian' beer garden of course.

Red Bull is immediately involved: Loud techno music pounds out of an airstream -Trailer, vodka energy flows freely. Not entirely suitable for young people, but you involuntarily bob with the beat when you walk past.

8. In Essen there iseverything

In the small parts hall 9 you can find retrofit parts at a particularly low price. A crowd of people has formed in front of the lighting dealer, a salesperson climbs a rickety ladder to the top shelf to pry the fitting part for the Audi A4 B5 out of its anchorage.

Next door someone is selling flashing decorative strips, that look like the first generation of Audi daytime running lights - only more colorful. Exhaust tailpipes or 'straight pipes', simply pipes without a silencer hang on the wall - no registration required. People with fully loaded shopping bags storm out of the hall. They got the bargain of their life, clearly. Maybe that's why they come to the Essen Motor Show.

In the photo show, we collected even more arguments for the cult fair in Essen.


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