22nd Essen a roaring success

| 13 Jun 2010

If you need proof that the classic hobby is in rude health, you only need look at this year's Techno Classica Essen.Now in its 22nd year, the 8-11 April show saw more than 170,000 visitors and superb historic displays by the 'big three' German manufacturers.Volkswagen brought a selection of coachbuilt Beetles to mark 10 years of the Autostadt museum, with two Rometsch Volkswagen Beeskows - a '52 Coupe and '53 Cabriolet - the standout pairing.A spectacular timeline of Mercedes history was headed by a 1903 Simplex 60hp with a 7-litre '28 SSK and '69 Wankel-engined C111 supercar.But BMW's stand proved most popular with its slew of 3.0 CSLs and Mille Miglia 328s.Among the 230 club stands were Fiat 600 Freunde Deutschland, which served up a pizza with a baby Fiat topping, and Opel Kadett B & Olympia A Club, which staged a schoolroom scene with an automotive teacher quizzing a class of cars (complete with schoolbags).