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July 20, 2017

Originality of classic cars – an issue for lawyers…?

Valuable tips from renowned specialist lawyer Dr. Götz Knoop at MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin

A fascinating hypothesis: The originality of classic cars is less a question for safety inspectors, than one for lawyers. This hypothesis has been put forward by Dr. Götz Knoop, the renowned specialist lawyer for classic car legislation. He can substantiate this statement with total justification – in the truest sense of the word. And he will be doing just that during expert talks at this year’s MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin, which will be taking place on October 5-8. Exhibitors, trade visitors and members of the public will be given valuable tips in a theme area which can be not only fascinating, but also have far-reaching ramifications. Yet another good reason to attend the classic car trade fair in the historic halls in the shadow of Berlin’s radio tower.

Even among experts, the term “original” is frequently mixed up with “untouched original”. Legal disputes are often the result when buyers and sellers can’t agree on what is meant by these terms. The renowned lawyer for traffic law and classic car legislation Dr. Götz Knoop will be competently and concisely examining the theme “Originality as reflected in jurisdiction” in his expert talks at MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin. Alongside his work as a specialist lawyer, Knoop is also the legal advisor and vice president of DEUVET, the German association for classic car clubs, as well as running the website, where much useful information about classic car legislation can be found.

Legal issues concerning rallies and classic car races
No less enthralling, and also a subject that will be addressed at the classic car trade fair in Berlin, will be issues relating to the organisation of rallies and classic car races. Organisers and clubs will take away with them valuable information in this regard. On closer examination, as the organiser of a road trip or classic car rally, one can very quickly end up in a legal grey area. Does my event require official approval? What does it mean when my participants commit a breach of the law? Can I be held liable for the participants? Have I perhaps even organised a race? In particular, the many clubs that will be at MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin will certainly be looking forward in eager anticipation to Dr. Götz Knoop’s answers to these questions.

When and where the expert talks to be given by Dr. Götz Knoop at MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin will actually be taking place will be announced on the trade fair website at Between his talks, Dr. Knoop will also be available for personal discussions at the MOTORWORLD Group booth in Hall 12. One thing is already certain: Nobody who is active in the classic car scene – whether commercially or as a volunteer – should miss these talks!

Dr. Götz Knoop, the renowned specialist lawyer for classic car legislation, talks at MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin about legal issues concerning originality of classic cars and the organization of rallyes.

Photo credit: Dr. Götz Knoop

About MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin
On October 5-8, 2017, in Germany’s most international metropolis with its long automotive history, the historic halls of Berlin’s ExpoCenter and the summer garden in the shadow of the radio tower will once again create acres of space for an entire world in the style of the good old days. The classic car trade fair MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin is an experience not just for vehicle aficionados and collectors, car clubs and scene fans. A stylish ambience with much lifestyle also attracts more and more public visitors.
MOTORWOLD Classics Berlin 2016 was a huge success with more than 26,000 trade and public visitors, a 30% increase over the previous year. In 2017, the trade fair will be offering even more space (in Halls 11 to 21 and the summer garden) for premium exhibitors and a generous helping of lifestyle.
National and international automotive manufacturers with historical roots, leading dealers, technology specialists for automotive rarities, vendors of accessories and memorabilia, together with numerous dedicated classic car clubs and private sellers, will be presenting and selling their products and services. The annual classic car trade fair is organised by MoWo Messe- und Veranstaltungs GmbH & Co. KG and Messe Berlin GmbH.

Opening hours:
Thursday: October 5, 2017 (Preview Day): 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, 2017: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 8, 2017: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission charges:
Preview day: 30.00 euros
Single day ticket: 15.00 euros
Family day ticket (2 adults, 3 children): 28.00 euros
AVUS VIP day ticket *: 99.00 euros
* Access to the AVUS Lounge with catering, also valid on Preview Day, with VIP parking space