The International Motorshow records the best data of its history in public affluence, with the visit of more than 40,000 people in its seventh edition
The exhibitors noted the trade rebound with more sales closed in the framework of the event
Madrid, March 2016.- The seventh edition of the International Motorshow ClassicAuto Madrid 2016 closed its doors generating optimism among businesses, professionals and amateurs of the field of classic vehicles. The excellent atmosphere lived in the Pavilion of glass in the Casa de Campo, from 26th to 28th February, allows venture that unfavourable winds of the recent past are lagging behind.
More than 40,000 people visited this year ClassicAuto Madrid, a historical record in the memory of this Motorshow, since 2010. Classic passion was lived in every corner of the 20,000 square meters of the site and in the outside parking lot where more than 1,300 historical vehicles gathered throughout the three days.
The satisfaction of visitors with the commercial exhibition and programme of activities was reflected in the surveys made by the Organization during the event. 96 % of respondents were enthusiastic about the content of this Edition and a 77 % praised the choice of the Glass Pavilion for the development of this motorshow.
Dynamism also characterized the commercial activity of ClassicAuto Madrid. Exhibitors have confirmed that the level of sales recorded in-situ has been greater than in 2015 and the contacts close to short and medium term, are also more elevated. The excellence of the Spanish restoration companies has been evident once more; on the one hand by the presented product and on the other by the prominent presence of European collectors who have visited the motorshow looking for high quality product at competitive prices.
ClassicAuto Madrid has shown more than five hundred classic vehicles, automobiles, and motorcycles. Classic brands such as Aston Martin, Porsche, Hispano-Suiza, Mercedes, Packard, Alfa Romeo, Seat, Citroen or Renault, among others, and motorcycle firms including Montesa, BMW, Norton, Royal Enfield were traded in this great showcase of the history engine. We could find vehicles with an economic value higher than 500,000 euros and refurbished units which did not reach the 3,000 euros.
About 300 exhibitors participated in this edition and+ensured the presence of a range of products covering all segments of the classic motor: manufacturers, restorers, sellers, collectors, accessories, spare parts, publications, accessories, insurance, textile, etc.
ClassicAuto Madrid 2016 included the active participation of the brands Mercedes, Seat and Porsche, and these last two held with us various anniversaries. The Martorell’s company commemorated the 50th anniversary of the launch of the 850, 40th of the 1200 Sport Bocanegra, 30th of the Marbella, Toledo’s 25th and 20th of the sporty Cupra range. Moreover, Porsche brand celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 924, the first of its models to incorporate a front engine.
The Madrid’s Transport Company set stood in the Motorshow. From his Museum arrived a Pegaso 6035, one of the buses more popular and present in the panorama of Spanish public transport in the 1970´s and 1980´s.
In parallel to its commercial activity, the seventh edition of this international fair had a wide range of activities, collecting more than 20 proposals aimed at promoting historical motor and the work that various entities and professionals developed in this area.
ClassicAuto Madrid hosted the fifth edition of the Concours d’Elegance Frederique Constant, this time focused on the cars manufactured prior to 1950 and which brought a total of 16 amazing vehicles, some of them from the beginning of the 20th century. The Jury, composed of specialists in this segment, awarded the absolute prize of this edition to the Bugatti T57 in 1937 owned by Rafael Pueche. The criterion of the visiting public determined that the winner of the ClassicAuto prize was for the Mercedes 540K 1935 of Felix Machin. Finally, Zalba Caldú award went to the singular Brush of 1908 presented to the competition by Enrique Castells
Two wheels staged the second edition of the Contest of Motorcycle Restoration. Eighteen Spanish manufacturing proposals prior to 1965 participated. A BMW R27-ROA of 1963 (license BMW and Spanish manufacturing ROA) owned by José M. Mozos attained the prize in the category of series motorcycles and scooter Vespa 50 of 1964 by Blanca Rodriguez won the award reserved for mopeds. The categories of Trail and Sports were deserted.
Seat, brand heavily involved in the preservation of his automotive history, convened this year the «Most original Seat» competition, addressed to all amateur owners of a brand vehicle prior to 1986 who came by it to the event. Every day he awarded one of them according to criteria of originality of the vehicle status. The winners were Angel Luis Cinta with a 124 Especial 2000 of 1978, Bernardo Serrano with a 127 CL of 1977, Victor Manuel Acosta with a 1,200 Sport from 1976 and Felix Villarta with a 131 E 1978. The Jury´s work was very difficult in the selection process due to the dozens of vehicles participating in this contest.
The Renault 5 was also a winning model this year. The Spanish Jury of the European Car of the Year decided to award the prize Golden Car of the Year in the 70’s this model among the 30 who managed to qualify in the top three of the annual contest between 1971 and 1980.
ClassicAuto Madrid 2016 hosted the official presentation of two new publications closely associated with classical engine. Emilio Polo presented the third volume of his trilogy on the Hispano-Suiza cars and Luis Angel Gonzalez did the same with his work on the development and manufacture of the Seat 1200 Sport «Bocanegra». The journalist and editor Enrique Hernández «Luike» was the subject of a public tribute to his long career. Luike has dedicated 60 years of his life to approach the world of engine to the public through multiple publications.
Programme of activities included, in addition, the presentation of the calendar of the sporting events Historic Endurance, the tour to Spain in 2CV; anniversaries of clubs Mercedes W123, Amigos of the Renault 4 CV and the Seat 1430, 124 and 124 Sport Club; and dozens of meetings of clubs.
The seventh edition of the International Motorshow in Madrid counted with the sponsorship of the Frederique Constant watch brand, the brokerage of insurance Zalba Caldú and with the collaboration of Freixenet.
ClassicAuto Madrid will be meeting point for fans, companies and professionals of the historic vehicle from 24 to 26 February 2017. It will open the gates of its eighth edition.
Best regards. Department of Communication