Oldtimer fans at home and abroad had been eagerly awaiting this date: After an enforced break of one year, the Bremen Classic Motorshow was finally to take place again as a presence fair in the coming February - just in time for its 20th anniversary. The event team had been planning for the big reunion for months. Now it is clear: the presence event at the beginning of February has to be cancelled. "We've been working towards this for two years, got great feedback from visitors and exhibitors - and now it's all in vain again. So maybe you can imagine how we feel," says project manager Frank Ruge.
Hans Peter Schneider, Managing Director of M3B GmbH, which also owns the MESSE BREMEN brand, adds: "The planning uncertainty and the increasingly extensive requirements due to the worsening pandemic situation are forcing us to make this decision.We regret this very much, especially as we have received consistently positive feedback from our national and international exhibitors and had an excellent booking status. Even if we were still allowed to do so under the circumstances: Everyone's health and safety come first."
Event team is working on an alternative
Despite this, people in Bremen are not hanging their heads. Now that the difficult decision has been made, the event team wants to present an alternative in the next few days: "We have to take a deep breath now. But one thing is certain: The entire team is highly motivated to open the season with the Bremen Classic Motorshow 2022 in some other form," says Claudia Nötzelmann, divisional director for special interest and trade fairs at MESSE BREMEN. "After all, we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary next year, and we don't want to let that be taken away from us."
Lots of praise from the scene
The Bremen Classic Motorshow traditionally marks the start of the new classic car season. Usually, more than 700 exhibitors and around 45,000 visitors meet here every year to exchange ideas, talk shop and negotiate. This is the second time in a row that the classic car fair has been postponed due to corona. Already this year, the classic car fair fell victim to the pandemic. Instead, however, the team unceremoniously set up a five-hour live stream and received much praise from the entire scene. Next year, the Bremen Classic Motorshow should have taken place at MESSE BREMEN from Friday to Sunday, 4 to 6 February 2022. The next regular date is Friday to Sunday, 3 to 5 February 2023.