With plans to be bigger and better for 2018, Retro Classic Stuttgart will feature 40th anniversary celebration for the BMW M1
Retro Classics 2018 is scheduled to take place on 22-25 March, and will once again fill the halls of the recently expanded Messe Stuttgart in Germany. The new hall 10 will add around 15,000 square meters of exhibition space, which will be home to the Mercedes-Benz exhibition.
Visitors entering the show through the East entrance will be the first to see a special exhibit from the Museum Art & Cars. Located in the Hohentwiel mountain in Singen, this museum explores the relationship between art and automobiles, and will be showing an ‘unusual concept’ at this year’s Retro Classics.
40 years of the BMW M1
BMW’s mid-engined supercar celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018, and Retro Classics will host a significant display to mark the occasion in hall 4. As well as road cars, there will be various racing cars, as well as a rarely-seen Schnitzer BMW M1 Turbo.
50 years of Irmscher
From its earliest days helping names like Walter Röhrl and Johnny Cecotto make a mark of the motorsport world, Irmscher has become an icon of the tuning world. Today, the company is a vehicle manufacturer in its own right too, with the Caterham-rivalling Irmscher Roadster.
Giants of the field
Being put together by Bulldog- und Schlepperfreunde Württemberg, this unique feature will explore some of the early days of agricultural motorisation right through to some of the more modern equipment that has transformed farming in recent years.
While the Youngtimer movement is very much alive in Germany, Retro Classics will look even further to the future with a special display of neo classics. These are special cars from the last 20 years, that have become classic long before they are old.
After the theme of Passione Italiana proved exceptionally popular in 2017, the Italian hall this year will be increased in size. As well as cars and motorcycles, the hall will feature automobilia, art, wine, food and fashion.
Retro Classics runs two further German events – Cologne in November and Bavaria in December – but the Stuttgart show remains the biggest and most internationally-focused.
Last year Retro Classics hosted more than 90,000 visitors, looking around the 1600 exhibitors and 3500 vehicles. It’s expected that 2018 will be even bigger, and there will of course be a number of cars for sale, both from dealers and private sellers.