Exhibitors' Opinions About
Techno-Classica Essen 2016
Otto F. Wachs, Managing Director, Autostadt, Wolfsburg:
"For 15 years, Techno-Classica Essen has, for us, been a fixed date in Autostadt's calendar of events. At the most important meeting of the vintage vehicle sector, we can enter into dialogue with classic vehicle fans from all over the world and present the exceptional vehicles from our ZeitHaus automobile museum encompassing different makes."
Thomas Frank, Manager, Audi Tradition, Ingolstadt:
"Because of the high volume of visitors, the fair in Essen is the best possibility of presenting our make and its interesting history as effective publicity. Moreover, it is becoming bigger every year and seems to be capable of another increase. Since 1999, we have established that, amongst all the fairs, we have the greatest response from spectators here. Due to its central location in Essen, it attracts an international public like no other German classic vehicle fair."
Till Beckmann, Manager, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, Neuss:
"At Techno-Classica this year, Jaguar Land Rover Classic celebrated the world premiere of the new 'Reborn' initiative which offers our customers the possibility of acquiring a Land Rover Series I model completely restored in the factory. The fact that we are using Techno-Classica Essen as the showcase for this world premiere shows what great importance we attach to the global classic vehicle salon."
Service Providers, Associations and Clubs
Rüdiger Lange, Proprietor, Classic Remise, Berlin and Düsseldorf:
"Techno-Classica 2016 has exceeded all our expectations - for us, that was the nicest fair of all time, with a lot of guests from all over the world who have met up on our booth. We are very much looking forward to next year and have already made a firm note of the dates from April 5 to 9, 2017."
Martin Stromberg, Managing Director, Classic Data Expert Organisation, Bochum:
"In 2016, Techno-Classica Essen was a top-class fair once again. Above all, the public on the first two days had amazingly high expertise. Nowhere else do you meet such a large number of important people from the worldwide vintage vehicle family."
Marcus Herfort, Organiser, Classic Days at Schloss Dyck, Jüchen:
"For us, the global classic vehicle fair is more than just the start of the season: top-class cars and top-class public. I have the feeling that I am seeing all the 47,000 visitors to our Classic Days here again. Now, it would be nice if all the over 200,000 visitors to Techno-Classica Essen were to come to Schloss Dyck, too. However, we are still working on that."
Werner Gotzian, President, Fiat Rarities Club, Bochum:
"Since the beginning in 1989, our club has been represented at every Techno-Classica Essen with a booth. The booth construction is a challenge for the people active in our club with 180 members and welds them together. The fair has developed into a familial meeting place with other clubs - with a lot of opportunities to exchange experience."
Angelika Mark, President, Mercedes-Benz R 129 SL Club:
"The successful canvassing of new club members is, of course, one of the main reasons for our appearance at the Techno-Classica Essen fair. However, the social component and the exchange of information are absolutely important, too. A lot of new members only learn about our existence at Techno-Classica Essen and spontaneously apply for club membership. I am registering our appearance at Techno-Classica Essen as a total success for our club."
Norbert Schroeder, Manager, Competence Center Classic Cars, TÜV Rheinland, Düsseldorf:
"For us, Techno-Classica Essen is the most important communication platform of the year during the five days of the fair. No classic vehicle fair is more international - customers, experts, associations, purchasers and sellers come to Essen also in order to exchange ideas. Here is where people congregate and here is where a lot of new ideas which enrich the classic vehicle scene are born."
Classic Vehicle Dealers
Christophe Pund, Galerie des Damiers, Casel (Lille), France:
"While around 90 percent of the highest-value classic vehicles in France are owned by a handful of collectors, my clientele in Germany is much larger. Techno-Classica Essen offers me the perfect possibility of meeting up with a lot of my German customers - because they are at the global classic vehicle fair anyway. Moreover: Unlike at French classic vehicle salons, the exhibitor service at Techno-Classica Essen is perfect."
Axel Schütte, Fine Cars, Oerlinghausen:
"Of course, Techno-Classica Essen is also a very important sales fair for us and we were again very successful this year, too. However, almost more important: In five days here, I establish as many promising new customer contacts as otherwise in one year ..."
Shawn Dougan, Hyman Classic Cars, St. Louis, USA:
"For the ninth time, we are presenting ourselves at Techno-Classica Essen - our appearance always in the same place in Hall 6 has a tradition and, due to the friendly contact to the organiser, almost already a familial character. Oh yes: And the regular sales successes and the initiation of business justify the great expense of the trip to Germany. By the Saturday this year, we had already sold two out of three high-value classic vehicles and sales negotiations are ongoing for the third one."
Luca Bertolero, Auto Classic SrL, Moncallieri, Italy:
"We present ourselves at a lot of fairs in Italy and in Europe - Techno-Classica Essen is the best-organised fair by far with the largest volume of visitors. This year, sales negotiations are more complicated than in the past years - the buyers have become more critical and more thoughtful. Impulse purchases are becoming rarer. However, we are certain of selling a few classic vehicles in the follow-up to the fair in Essen - particularly the Fiat-Abarth 1000 Pininfarina world record car, called 'la Principessa'."
Christopher Routledge, Coys, London, England:
"For the ninth time, we are organising a big classic vehicle auction at Techno-Classica Essen - always with great success. Although the purchasers are checking the vehicles more critically this year and are buying them not so much with a gut feeling but instead with more calculation, we have again achieved a great success this year with a selling ratio of around 50 percent of our over 120 automobile lots. You can sense that the proportion of solvent connoisseurs is particularly great at the global classic vehicle fair."
Lennart Schouwenburg, Strada e Corsa, Haarlem, Netherlands:
"We are presenting ourselves exclusively at one fair - and that is Techno-Classica Essen. Here, we meet not only our German clientele but also a lot of customers from France, England and the Benelux countries. Since we set great store by the fact that buyers of our cars are acting in a well-considered way, we do not put so much emphasis on selling during the fair - we are glad if, half a year after the fair, we still receive telephone calls from customers whom we have met at Techno-Classica Essen."
Ralf Dambeck, Antiquarian Motor Vehicle Literature, Hünstetten:
"We have not missed any Techno-Classica Essen since 1989 - not only because it offers optimum possibilities for direct communication with the customers but also because, for us, it is the most successful fair by far with regard to business."
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