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Rüsselsheim. It is the rich mix that makes the largest one-day vintage car #event in Germany which is held in Rüsselsheim so special. Veterans from all brands ranging from automobiles to tractors and motorbikes to cycles put on an exclusive show along the banks of the Main river and in Verna Park. Over 3,200 proud vintage vehicle owners and more than 30,000 visitors enthusiastically dedicated the day to these spectacular gems. Relaxing live music and an extra bit of spice thanks to the local gastronomy scene also add to the colorful and unique flair of the Classic Meeting Opelvillen and make it a truly “historic”, family-friendly festival for vintage car aficionados and fans alike.
Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller also took the opportunity to pilot a 1965 #opel Admiral A V8 in the traditional parade. Elsewhere, Rüsselsheim’s Lord Mayor Patrick Burghardt was behind the steering wheel of a 1969 #opel Kapitän. They were also joined by Le Mans winner Jockel Winkelhock who felt very much at home in a 1972 Commodore B GS/E rally car.
“The Classic Meeting has become just as much a part of Rüsselsheim as #opel itself. The atmosphere is unique, the vehicles on show are a delight and our meticulously kept #opel Classic cars play a leading role. The enthusiasm shown by the visitors demonstrates what an emotional brand we represent,” said #opel CEO Michael Lohscheller.
For the 17th time the vintage vehicle #event drew a huge crowd from the Rhine-Main Region and from Opel’s home town. The exquisite models from Opel’s Classic Car department, fronted by the two-ton 1914 #opel Rennwagen, were again crowd favorites, attracting a steady stream of admirers. The 260 hp “Green Monster” drew its raw power from a 12.3-liter engine with progressive #opel four-valve technology. In addition, #opel also displayed icons such as the “Laubfrosch”, the production line pioneer from the 1920s, the 1937 Super 6 Gläser Cabrio, the 1938 Kadett with self-supporting body, the 1958 “keyhole Kapitän” and the 1968 #opel GT. And because tradition is enriched every day, the modern day stars were also on exhibit: the #opel Cascada convertible and the new #opel Insignia flagship showcased contemporary style and athleticism.
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