International Classic Motorshow was held from 24 to 26 February, in the Casa de Campo’s Fairgrounds
The 8th edition of the International Classic Motorshow brought together hundreds of cars and motorcycles, living reflection of the social changes of the 20th century and received the visit of more than 40,000 people
Along the three days were a score of twenty parallel activities that aroused the interest of visitors
Madrid, February 2017.- The eighth edition of the International ClassicAuto Motorshow, which was held from 24 to 26 February in the Glass Pavilion of the Casa de Campo’s Fairgrounds, confirmed that the passion for the classic vehicles in Spain is still unstoppable and that, far from, it persists in its generational renewal. ClassicAuto Madrid 2017 was visited by 40,000 people who had the ability to dissect the proposals that showed about 300 exhibitors that attended this year.
The Organization of ClassicAuto Madrid struck the opinion of fans about the event through the survey carried out among visitors. Of the same, is extracted some data that us allow rating it proposed exhibition, the interest of the visit and the profile of the visitor: the 70 percent of the people that come to the Motorshow has between 30 and 49 years old; 62 percent visit the event with interest to buy product in exhibition; 60 per cent declared to own a classic vehicle; and, while 52 per cent prefer to restore their own vehicle, 48 per cent is declared supporter of buy it already restored.
Only 2.5 per cent reveals to be not satisfied with this edition of ClassicAuto Madrid; and 79 percent of the respondents described as good the quality of the exhibition while a 1 percent considered that this was bad. Finally, the 70 per cent stands out as good or excellent the program of activities raised in this edition.
ClassicAuto 2017 devoted special attention to the popular vehicles and motor sport. The Seat 600 was one of the protagonists of this Edition, by be the engine reminiscent of memories of many of them visitors. The Martorell’s company presented an exhibition with four models representing important moments in the process of production of this popular car that built between 1957 and 1973. Thus is could see cars of the series N (the first), D (1963-1969), E (1970-1972) and L (the last generation).
SEAT completed its presence with a commemorative exhibition of the 1977 Monte Carlo Rally, in which two 124 1800 Group 4 were classified as third and fourth positions absolute, which represented the first major result of a Spanish team in international rallying. Could admire one of these sports cars, the of Cañellas and Ferrater, along with a Seat 1430 and a Seat 127.
Abarth company attended this year by first time to the ClassicAuto Madrid Motorshow and it made with a bet purely sport, the 124 Spider, that faced in version classic and modern. In addition, it is surrounded of different units that endorse its historical path in the world of rallying.
Porsche renewed, a year more, their commitment with the segment classic and in the frame of ClassicAuto Madrid Motorshow made delivery of the prize of the 3rd Contest of Restoration to which concur them dealers of the brand. The award is it took the Center Porsche Madrid North by the restoration of a Porsche 356B of 1962 that is exposed in the stand. German firm held, in addition, the 40th anniversary of the 928, a Grand Touring coupé, which combined the power and driving a sports car with the refinement and the equipment of a high-end sedan.
The expositive supply of ClassicAuto Madrid Motorshow presented jewels of automotive brands such as Aston Martin, Mercedes, Jaguar, Mercedes, Hispano-Suiza, Rolls Royce and Packard, among others. We were able to admire some very special pieces such as a 1973 Mercedes 600 Pullman, a representation of more than six meters in length and six doors vehicle; a 1936 Packard 120 Coupe Cabrio, luxurious and exclusive vehicle that dazzled at the time politicians, actors and executives; a Hispano-Suiza H6C Sport in the 1920s, shown under restoration with its wooden frame; or a 1930 Isotta Fraschini of bodywork by Castagna italian coachbuilder.
In the segment of the two wheels also we gave a ride by the history. The exhibition presented motorcycles of all time: pre-war, post-war, dynamic sixties and consolidated seventies and eighties; for all segments: urban, off road, competition,…; and a host of national and international brands (Bultaco, Montesa, Vespa, Harley Davidson, Norton, Ossa, Derbi, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Lube, Lambretta, etc.).
Madrid’s Fire Department showed in this edition two historical vehicles: a 1934 Delahaye and a 1949 Dennis. And carried out several drills of release of injured in accident of traffic. For its part, the Don Rodrigo Foundation participated with an exhibition of military vehicles military of the second war world.
Much emotion was experienced in the tribute made by ClassicAuto Madrid to the driver Emilio de Villota, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of its victory with a Formula 1 circuit of Mallory Park in 1977. We had the possibility to admire, newly restored, the 006 Lyncar-Ford 006 who urged the Madrid’s pilot to first put the drawer in that race. Of Villota maintained, also, a lively talk Colloquium with amateurs, in which review its experience in the circuits of F1.
ClassicAuto Madrid Motorshow managed to gather to more than one twenty of pilots drive of the time of gold of the Championship of Spain of speed, that that passed between 1977 and 1982, when the Yamaha TZ that had «democratized» the world of motorcycling, extended its influence by Spain.
Struggled in the races of speed and resistance, hear them opinions, in a class master of motorcycling, of pilots as Carlos Morante, Andres Perez Rubio, Fernando Gonzalez Nicolas, Pedro Parajua, Josep Maria Mallol, Pedro Cegarra and Joaquin Orts, among others. Next to them, had the opportunity of see a selection of them motorcycles that gave glory to athletes and fans of the time of gold of the Spanish Speed Championship.
ClassicAuto Madrid Motorshow hosted a new edition of its already traditional Concours d’Elegance, that this year is focused in them Convertible Cars prior to 1955. Attended eight spectacular vehicles, but only one could be the winner, and that honour took him Isotta Fraschini owned by Francisco Pueche. The award for the best staging went to 1930 Chrysler 77 of Elías Moreno.
The Contest of Restoration of Motorcycles prior to 1970 is held in the afternoon of the Saturday. The jury determined that the award in the category of series out for a 1964 MV Agusta Sella, in the section sport obtained the award a 1970 Montesa Impala and in moped the recognition fell in a 1970 Ducati 48 Sport.
The programme of parallel activities of ClassicAuto Madrid 2017 included the celebration of twenty acts. To them already reported there is that add the celebration of two tables of debate, an of them, organized by it magazine Coches Clásicos, turned on the figure of Fangio and it another, articulated by it publication Motor Clásico, is focused in the rally of Monte Carlo and told with the participation of Salvador Cañellas.
We visited the Zapp, an Argentine family that carries from the year 2000 traveling the world aboard a 1928 Graham-Paige. In 17 years of crossing have been on five continents and visited over 70 countries. The Zapp explained to visitors to ClassicAuto keys and anecdotes from his long journey.
ClassicAuto Madrid Motorshow also hosted presentations of the Spain Rallies Championship for historical vehicles of the Royal Spanish Federation of Motoring and the calendar of activities for 2017 of the Historic Endurance program.
Surrendered the award Golden Car of the Year’ 80s, award to which chose the car models that were able to qualify in the top three of the annual contest between 1981 and 1990, which went to the Peugeot 205, which was the second call for proposals of 1984.
The Salon also hosted the presentation of the book photographic «W123» on the Mercedes-Benz car, work of the photographer Jose Pardo and with texts of the journalist Ruben Santamarta.
The eighth edition of the ClassicAuto Madrid International Motorshow was sponsored by the insurance broker Zalba Caldú and the collaboration of Freixenet, Madrid Destino, Iberia, Renfe and Ibis hotels.