5. December 2008 03:19
In the UK our international motorshow consists almost entirely of manufacturers showing off their latest and greatest road cars along side some concept cars and the chance to ogle some unobtainable super cars. It seems in Essen they do things differently, Essen seems to be a motorshow for the car enthusiast, rather than just a platform for new cars to be sold.
Germany website Motoso
has hooked the world up with a fine set of pictures
from the event on its Flickr account, if you can tear yourselves away from the painted "booth babes" then you'll catch a glimpse of the newest cars and ideas sat alongside hot rods, customs and youngtimers. They also have a hall of dream machines which can be seen in this nice flickr gallery here
It would be nice if more shows that included new cars also celebrated the general cult of the car in all its facets from those of us that like to modify, to those that keep their mint Hillman Avenger going, and over to the new generation of people modifying cars, we are in effect all in this hobby together, just different aspects of it.
My favourite car I've seen so far from the event is this BMW Art Car :
I've long been a fan of the art cars, they just have something the right side of bonkers about them.
Our friends over at Speedhunters also have a couple of posts
about the Essen event for you to check out
In these dire times for the motor industry it is maybe wise for manufacturers to remember they live and die by their heritage and perhaps should be embracing those of us that love older cars a bit more.