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Wednesday 30 November 2011

Essen Motor Show 2011

                  Motor Show in Messe Essen 2011
The 44th Essen Motor Show. With 18 halls, 105.000 square meters, 500 stands and a massive number of around 350.000 visitors, the Essen Motor Show is one of the biggest shows in Germany.
Mostly ‘tuning’ stuff for cars, like exhaust systems, lights, spoilers, wheels, boom-boom stereo’s, seats and the funniest en weirdest parts and accessories can be seen, heard and bought. For motorcycle fans there’s a lot less, just one hall with custom bikes, with mostly Streetfighters in the oh so typical German ‘Ass high up in the Air’ styling. But there were also nice custom bikes, beautiful classic bikes and some other cool bikes that grabbed our attention. This year’s Rat’s Hole best of show winner, Wikked Steel, was there too.
Area 51, by Wikked Steel, Best of Show Daytona Rat's Hole Chopper Show 2011

The only cars I’m interested in are American 60’s/70’s ones and Hot Rods. And there was plenty of them. All sorts and types; chrome & glitter cars and suede Rat Rods, mean looking Hot Rods and classic customs from the seventies. Pure eye-candy and definitely worth visiting the Essen Motor Show 2011.

Roaming through the eighteen halls, with fat Germans eating their Bratwurst and drinking large beers everywhere around us, it’s a long walk to see everything. Tools, parts and accessories for every imaginable car, stereo systems, classic cars, modern cars, cars of the future, well, there’s just too many cars compared to the bikes. Shame. The theme at the Essen Motor Show this year was 100 years of the Monte Carlo Rally, so many rally / race cars were on display. There was the ‘Show Mile’, the Motorsport Arena, and more and more ‘Tuning’. Was / is it worth going to the Essen motor Show for a bike enthusiast? Yes, it’s not spectacular compared to other bike shows, but the whole atmosphere is good fun. And if you like Hot Rods, American Custom Cars and the whole scene around it, it sure is worth going there!

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Hemi-Trike-Rocket II Dragrace Motor with 1299 HP.
Worth $600.000,-


'Shotime' 1936 Auto-Scooter with 750cc Yamaha engine.
This toy belongs to Tom Wright, California

Oh yes, there were girls too...
Catch your breathe... or swallow hard...
Well,  see or smell you next year at the Essen Motor Show in Germany!
Too many babes at the show;
Fritzzz had to have his fogged up glasses cleaned

More photo’s of the Essen Motor Show 2011 soon on my website: http://www.madnessphotography.nl/