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NAG C4b, 1923
Württembergia 350 Blackburne OHV
(Photo: Kulturstiftung Kornhaus)
Bob Sport, 1920
(Photo: Ralf Christian Kunkel, Luckau)
Oktober 8, 2019
The wild Twenties
Only remaining models from the heyday of car-making in Berlin on display in special exhibition
Berlin, October 8, 2019. Classic car enthusiasts will get their money’s worth at Motorworld Classics Berlin on November 20-24, 2019: A special exhibition dedicated to Berlin’s automobile history will be showcasing masterpieces that rolled off the assembly line in the German capital in the “Golden Twenties”. What many people don’t know is that Berlin was once home to the country’s biggest automotive manufacturers. Highlights will be a 1922 Ego 4/14 PS and a 1920 BOB Sport – the very last one in existence.
When Motorworld Classics Berlin opens its doors in November, the German capital city’s exhibition grounds will once again be transformed into an El Dorado for car enthusiasts from Germany and abroad. The “Car-making in Berlin” special exhibition, to be seen in the entrance area and the Palais am Funkturm, takes visitors back to the Berlin of the Golden Twenties.
“At the beginning of the 1920s, Berlin was the Silicon Valley of automotive engineering – technologically speaking just like today’s internet or computer industry, and the whole world looked to the capital. It’s hard to imagine that there used to be 200 vehicle companies in Berlin alone, and that’s not counting the engine and motorcycle manufacturers,” explains Ulf Schulz, Project Manager of Motorworld Classics Berlin.
In cooperation with the German Museum of Technology in Berlin and PS.SPEICHER Einbeck, the special exhibition presents historic cars and motorcycles from this period, most of which are not usually on display for the public.
Only one left: The Ego 4/14 PS
One of the stars of the exhibition is a 1922 Ego 4/14 PS from the Berlin Ego works. The brand became better known in 1923 when the legendary racing driver Rudolf Caracciola clinched his first victory on the Avus circuit in an Ego. The car on display at Motorworld Classics Berlin is the only one left in the world today.
Another absolute rarity is the AGA Type A 16/20 PS from the Berlin-based Aktiengesellschaft für Automobilbau, also from the 1920s. A relatively large number of AGA vehicles were produced, and all over Germany the cars from the Lichtenberg works with their distinctive pointed radiators, angular doors and square wings flew the flag for the company. Further highlights are an NAG Type C4, which was launched in 1920 by the Berlin automobile manufacturer NAG, as well as an old D-Rad taxi, which was built by Deutsche Industriewerke in the Spandau district of Berlin. In the 1920s, these motorbike taxis were to be seen all over Berlin.
The last BOB
In cooperation with PS.SPEICHER Einbeck, other rarities such as a 1920 BOB Sport will be on display in this special exhibition. Fitted with a four-cylinder engine from Siemens & Halske, this car was manufactured between 1920 and 1925 by BOB Automobilgesellschaft in Berlin-Charlottenburg, and enjoyed numerous successes in the compact car races of that time at the Avus circuit. This example is probably the only surviving BOB anywhere in the world. A further eye-catcher from PS.SPEICHER is a motorcycle: a 1929 Wurttembergia 350 Blackburne OHV. In view of the brand name and logo, nobody would think that these motorcycles used to be produced in Berlin. Yet the four-stroke powered machines, equipped from 1929 onwards with British Blackburne engines, were built in the middle of the capital city around two kilometres from today’s Tiergarten.
International location with an automotive history
Indeed, the location for Motorworld Classics Berlin can look back on a glorious automotive history. Germany’s first international motor vehicle exhibition took place in the capital city in 1899. Not only that, Berlin and Brandenburg were once home to the country’s largest automobile manufacturers, alongside many small, innovative car makers and vehicle body builders. In the Golden Twenties, motorcycles were another inexpensive alternative to buying a car, and over one hundred motorcycle factories were established in Berlin at this time.
Motorworld Classics Berlin is much more than just an automobile show with exhibits from years gone by. With the unique atmosphere of the historic halls of Berlin’s ExpoCenter, the look and feel of the good old days, together with an entertainment programme, it is a lifestyle event for the whole family and a journey back in time. As well as Berlin’s automotive industry, other highlights include special exhibitions on motor sports and US cars & lifestyle. Lovers of two-wheelers can again look forward to special motorcycle highlights in 2019, and the popular parts market with spare parts, accessories and automotive memorabilia on offer will be taking place again as well. For the first time, Motorworld Classics Berlin will this year be opening its doors parallel to the BOOT & FUN BERLIN leisure trade fair, offering visitors the best of both worlds. Mobility on land and water.
Gala Night of Boats and Classic Cars
Wed, November 20, 2019: From 6 p.m.
MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin and BOOT & FUN BERLIN
Thu-Sun, November 21-24, 2019: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(ticket valid for both trade fairs):
Gala Night of Boats and Classic Cars (incl. day ticket) EUR 30.00
Day ticket: EUR 16.00
Day ticket concession: EUR 7.00
2 day tickets: EUR 20.00
Family day ticket (2 adults, 3 children): EUR 20.00
AVUS VIP day ticket *: EUR 99.00
* Access to the AVUS Lounge with catering, also valid on the Wednesday, with VIP parking space
About the MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin
The independent MOTORWORLD Group emerged from the DÜNKEL Holding corporate group based in Schemmerhofen (Baden-Württemberg, Germany). The origins of the family-run company go back to 1933. The Motorworld Group develops, builds and operates experience worlds that are dedicated to mobile passion.
The first location was Motorworld Region Stuttgart in Böblingen, which opened in 2009 and has since been expanded several times, winning several awards along the way. Further projects and activities under the MOTORWORLD® brand have been initiated in recent years. Following on with the same concept as Motorworld Region Stuttgart, Motorworld Köln-Rheinland opened in June 2018. Two further locations are currently under development: Motorworld München and Motorworld Zeche Ewald-Ruhr, Herten. The starting signal for the construction of Motorworld Mallorca will also be given shortly.
The portfolio will be complemented by the Motorworld Manufaktur locations in Berlin, Metzingen, Rüsselsheim and Zurich. As their names suggest, the space for mobile passion at these locations will focus in particular on good old handicraft skills. All four locations are already in operation and are being steadily expanded.
The Motorworld idea also regularly goes on tour, including to the annual classic car trade fairs Motorworld Classics Berlin and Motorworld Classics Bodensee in Friedrichshafen, to scene events such as the Motorworld Oldtimertage at Fürstenfeld (near Munich), as well as in numerous other guises.
The “IAA Heritage by Motorworld” rounds off the Motorworld Group’s event portfolio both regionally and thematically. Existing formats and locations thus mesh perfectly with one another. They all abide by the motto “Space for mobile passion”, interpreting it in many different facets.