Enormous Formula One display stuns in Essen


The Ruhr city of Essen is perhaps best known in classic circles for the mammoth TechnoClassica event every March, but the smaller Motor Show, which takes place from 28 November-6 December, is rapidly becoming a must-see event featuring hundreds of interesting classics, plus a cornucopia of models, literature and automobilia. 

More than 130,000 visitors have already filed through the event's show halls, with a further 350,000 expected across the opening two days – and they won't be disappointed. The star attraction was a display dedicated to the great Juan Manuel Fangio's solo drive at the 1955 Mille Miglia, which was brought to life by the inclusion of the 658-numbered Mercedes-Benz 300SLR in which he finished second. The car was on loan from the firm's Stuttgart Museum. 

The Formula One World Championship's 65th anniversary was also marked by a colossal display of world-class machines, with organisers aiming to have one car for every year of the series. They ranged from a stunning 1950 Maserati 4CLT through to a World Championship-winning Mercedes-Benz driven by Lewis Hamilton. 

Among the better known Ferraris, Lotuses and Renaults was a 1970 March 701 Cosworth, which paid tribute to the marque's first Formula One design, while racing legend Michael Schumacher was honoured by a 1994 Benneton B194 and a 1999 Ferrari F399. 

Meanwhile, sports car fans were wowed by a beautiful diorama featuring a 1936 BMW 328 remembering the Eifelrennen and Nürburgring races.

Though far from the oldest car at the event, the one-off 2013 Aston Martin Shooting Brake by Zagato attracted massive crowds on the opening day. 

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