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September 26, 2018

BMW Art Car from Andy Warhol, and Axel Schulz
Star guests at MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin 2018

The countdown is running. The doors to the fourth Motorworld Classics Berlin will be opening next week on October 4-7, 2018. Visitors can expect to see thrilling vehicles and prominent people with many stories to tell. Here are just some of the programme highlights.

BMW Group Classic presents BMW Art Car by Andy Warhol
In 1979, the US pop artist Andy Warhol created his fastest work. For the “canvas”, he chose the racing version of a 470 hp BMW M1. Originally only intending to spend five minutes painting it, in the end it took a little more time before it was finished. Afterwards, the racing sports car – which, according to Warhol, was “designed in the style of an abstract impressionist with fields of rainbow colours” – made its way to Le Mans, where it finished sixth.

The rolling work of art can now be seen at Motorworld Classics Berlin, where BMW Group Classic will be presenting it in the middle of Hall 18. It has already become a tradition for the automobile manufacturer to exhibit particularly exclusive vehicles in the capital city. The BMW Art Car by Andy Warhol follows the Classic Mini designed by David Bowie, presented in 2016, and the BMW 507 from Elvis Presley, displayed in 2017. The BMW M1 was chosen this year because the iconic sports car is celebrating its 40th birthday.

“Schulz meets Schulz”
Motorworld Classics Berlin welcomes ex-professional boxer Axel Schulz as a true heavyweight to the “Long Night of Classic Cars” on October 4. In an interview with project manager and scene expert Ulf Schulz, he will be talking about his charitable commitment to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. While he is there, he will also be keeping a lookout for his dream car. When and where? “Schulz trifft Schulz” at 7 p.m. in the Palais next to the radio tower, followed by an autograph session.

Panel discussion: The classic cars of tomorrow
One of the highlights of this year’s Motorworld Classics Berlin will be the panel discussion “Oldtimers und Zukunft” (“Classic Cars and the Future”) in collaboration with Auto Bild Klassik, which will be taking place in the Palais next to the radio tower at 1.30 p.m. on Saturday, October 6. Eight classic car experts from different generations will be taking a look into the future. Focal theme of the discussion: Prospects, potential and chances for the future classic car market.

MotorTalk with “Die drei mit Willy”
15,000 km across the USA in a Wartburg – Jörg Tissat and Frank Lucas recently took on this one-of-a-kind charity challenge. Behind the wheel of a 1957 Wartburg W311 Camping, from June 15 to August 6 they drove from the east to the west coast of the United States, and then back again. The reason behind the adventure were two anniversaries: 120 years ago the very first Wartburg motor vehicle left the works in Eisenach, while 60 years ago the first Wartburg was exported to the USA. The two named their car after the American dealer Willard “Willy” Witkin. Now it is to be sold at auction to the highest bidder for the benefit of various children’s aid projects. But beforehand, they will be giving an account of their adventurous tour at Motorworld Classics Berlin. MotorTalk with “Die 3 mit Willy”, Friday and Sunday at 2 p.m., in the Palais next to the radio tower.

Heidi Hetzer presents her new book
Visitors to Motorworld Classics Berlin will not only be able to cast their eyes on unique vehicles, but also cross paths with well-known personalities from the scene. Heidi Hetzer, who once drove all the way around the world, will be presenting her new book “Ungebremst leben” at the classic car fair.

“Concours de Nonchalance”
Off into the limelight: In collaboration with Auto Bild Klassik, Motorworld Classics Berlin will be offering a stage for young talents between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, with the first “Concours de Nonchalance”. 25 young classic car drivers, who together with their vehicles may not be more than 60 years of age, will be taking part at this inaugural event. They will be exhibiting their classic cars and classics-to-be (build year 1998 or older) alongside the fountain in the summer garden (in front of the Palais next to the radio tower). A jury will select the winners of the first “Concours de Nonchalance”. The award ceremony for the winning cars will be held in the Palais at 4 p.m.

Style contest: The best look
Nostalgia is the order of the day at Motorworld Classics Berlin – and that goes for the dress code as well. The entire trade fair team will be attired in the appropriate style, while visitors who also turn up in the look of the good old times can even win something. A style contest awaits visitors in Hall 18. The best and most nostalgic outfits will be recorded for posterity there by a photographer. Thanks to selected hair specialists, the matching hairstyle can be created right on the spot.

Fantastic voices and charm
Emotional, sophisticated and witty – these artists will be taking visitors on a journey back through time at Motorworld Classics Berlin: DIE LADYs will be presenting songs like ‘Bei mir bist Du scheen’ or ‘Mr. Sandman’, while visitors will be whisked back to the Roaring Twenties with the Rufus Temple Orchestra from Berlin. And the three weird, yet endearing “Herr’n von der Tankstelle” will bring the golden times back to life with nostalgic charm, and entertain onlookers with catchy tunes such as “Veronika, der Lenz ist da” or “Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus”. Visitors might even bump into the Captain of Köpenick.

Record hop in the Palais next to the radio tower
Let’s rock! Djane Manu Tanzratte and DJ Johnny Burnette will be taking control in the Palais and encouraging the audience to try out their dance moves. They will be appearing during the “Long Night of Classic Cars” and on all other fair days just with short breaks. And those who don’t want to take to the dance floor can simply enjoy their coffee and cake while listening to music from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, quite in the style of the good old days.

Opening hours:
“Lange Nacht der Oldtimer” (“Long Night of Classic Cars”):
Thursday, October 4, 2018: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday to Sunday, October 5-7, 2018: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission charges:
“Lange Nacht der Oldtimer”: EUR 20.00
Single day ticket on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: EUR 16.00
Family day ticket (2 adults, 3 children): EUR 30.00
AVUS VIP day ticket *: EUR 99.00
* Access to the AVUS Lounge with catering,
also valid on the Thursday, with VIP parking space

About MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin
On October 4-7, 2018, 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 Motorworld Classics Berlin classic car trade fair 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.
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.

Photo credits for photos with Axel-Schulz: Motorworld Classics Berlin, Sven Wedemeyer. Others: BMW AG

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