Technoclassica 2012

Technoclassica_2012_063With approximately 180.000 visitors , 1200 exhibitors from 30 nations, Technoclassica was once again the middlepoint of the worldwide classic car scene.Anton L. Franssen, managing director of the organizer S.I.H.A. told at the press-conference that over 400 demands for exhibitors had to be refused becausethey were completely booked out, despite the fact that the Retroclassics in Stuttgart took place the same weekend (more on the Retroclassics in another article).

Indeed, that’s an overwhelming success in these days of economical and financial crisis. Actually, crisis ? Which crisis could onethink walking around through the giant venue, seeing the prices of the cars, and above all the number of sold cars.And I don’t mean just the average cars, as it seemed collectors didn’t mind paying the high bucks for the top quality original cars, rather than payingsomewhat smaller amounts for a car that needs work to restore it back to original condition. And in case of doubt, a vintage car remains a good investment,as is proven by the evolution of the DOX (Deutsche Oldtimer Index) which follows the price evolution of 88 classic cars in all price ranges , and who’s beatingthe stock indices by far.

Enough about that, let’s talk Porsche. State-of-Art had a great commercial stand again, trying to sell their clothes collections with names like Mille Miglia and Targa Florio.Far mor important to me, was the presence of their 3 Porsches 550 RS Spyder, and a pre A Porsche 356 who can be seen in the Mille Miglia each year. Technoclassica_2012_055Most of you must knowthese cars, as State-of-Art brings them to most shows they attend. Great addition to their stand was the presence of their brand new Archie Bunker style VW tow truck, loadedwith the Porsche 356 Albert Westerman, CEO of State-of-Art, will drive next September at the coming Carrera Panamericana race in Mexico.
Another personal highlight was the presence of a Porsche 718 , undergoing a profound restoration. So far I haven’t found at the chassis number of the car, but I hope to find out soon, any clues are more than welcome.
The same restorer had some great Porsches 356 , both in concourse and to-be-restored condition. At Hall&Hall, a Porsche 962 and they had a Porsche 911 with an astonishing provencance. Not only competed this particular car in 1967 in the Spa 24hours, the Acropolis Rallye, but it is the actual car driven by Edgar Herrmann (not to be confused with Hans Herrmann) in the Kenya Safari Rally, and later on in the London-Sydney Marathon. After that rallye the car never left Australia until quite recently and it is in the London-Sydney configuration that the Porsche could be seen at Hall&Hall.

PS Automobile had a great looking Porsche Carrera 6, which could be yours for 900K euros, and ofcourse some nice Porsche 911’s in different configurations. On the contrary to previous years, the factory was not in hall 3 this year. It switched to hall 7, where it had double the space compared to last year, accompanied by Volkswagen, and other makes from the family like Audi, Skoda, Seat, Lamborghini and Bugatti. As this year it is the 40th anniversary of the Porsche Carrera RS, ofcourse they had one of them their, togetherwith a great Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo and more exciting cars.

Once again, Technoclassic was great , and I’m convinced this is the most important classis car show worldwide. However, I do regret it coincided with Retroclassics in Stuttgart, so I hope both organisers will do their uttermost best that this won’t happen again next year. After all, wouldn’t it be great to be able to visit both of them for a few days !!!