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Becoming the largest European market for veterans and classics

What is the meaning of "VETERAMA"?

Nothing else hides behind this abbreviation as the term “Veteran Market”. What started back in 1975 in Mannheim as an idea of collectors Winfried A. Seidel and Walter Metz, meanwhile developed itself to the biggest veteran market in Europe

Since that time, more than 3000 exhibitors from all over Europe appear on the second weekend in October. They meet with more than 50.000 collectors, seeking for desired parts.


Whoever is laying his eyes on a lovingly tended automobile or motorbike from past eras, can’t sense how much work is needed to restore and obtain such a vehicle. These witnesses of engineer achievements stood forgotten in barns and storage rooms for years until they’d been discovered by aficionados. More then 2000 working hours are necessary, to transfer such a vehicle back to the state when it once left the gate of the manufacturers plant. Parts, eventually been dismantled, are often missing, or aged sheet metal eaten away by the ravages of time, needs to be replaced.

"The rustiest hobby of the world" would have come to a hold, if there hadn’t been one idea back in 1975: "VETERAMA"


From an insider- to a cult event

What began, back in 1975, as a insider event in the old “Kannenberg Hall”, has meanwhile become the largest European market for veterans and classics. More than 3000 exhibitors from all over Europe appear on the second weekend in October. They meet with more than 50.000 collectors, hobbyists and these kind of people who want to become one. You have to cover a distance of 26 kilometers on the VETERAMA fair grounds to visit every booth once.

A first highlight for the VETERAMA came in 1980 when the magazine “Markt für klassische Automobile” (Market for classic automobiles) was introduced at the VETERAMA. 30 years, that is indeed a long time. Cars and motorbikes, which had been presented as exhibition novelties of the automobile industry, became classics in the meantime. VETERAMA can refer itself as a classic or in fact a “youngtimer” as we call a soon-to-be classic in Germany.

In the classic collectors scene VETERAMA has gained a particular significance.
Many historical vehicles supposably would have been condemned to stand still, if it wasn’t for VETERAMA.

Parts which turned up in backyards and workshop in the early years, or which could be tracked down on basement racks by chance, are manufactured in limited-lot production. There are tires in old dimensions, chrome-plated bumpers, radiator grills, hubcaps, rear-view mirrors and decorative battens.

Through VETERAMA arose a small supplying industry, which is constantly growing. Manufacturing companies like Daimler Chrysler; BMW, VW, Opel, Audi and Porsche have founded historical departments to support their classic vehicles.
The history of mobility is shown in impressive way in the museums of the big automobile manufacturers. All this didn’t exist thirty years ago.
In museums owned by companies, history is displayed. All this didn’t exist thirty years ago.

An additional appreciation for VETERAMA came with the opening to the east. New classic parts emerged on the market and vehicles considered to be lost, suddenly emerged.

And VETERAMA always was right in the middle of the classic scene.
And over the years everything came back to Mannheim, what was started with the patent motor vehicle of Carl Benz in 1886 .
The history of mobility. Mannheim has become the city of the historical automobile to classic vehicle owners from all over the world.

Annual on the second weekend of October one meet in the Carl Benz city on the largest classic vehicle market in Europe, to search for parts, to buy vehicles, to exchange experiences and to meet friends. Or just to be present.

So that our expert visitors don’t have to wait too long until October, the VETERAMA is held in the spring at the start of the season. In April, the VETERAMA Ludwigshafen traditionally opens the classic vehicle season for the hands-on fraternity among two and four-wheeled classics fans.

With the ever louder growing calls of exhibitors and visitors for a large-scale international VETERAMA weekend to be held at the start of the season along the lines of the Mannheim event, the organisers looked for a suitable new venue. With the Hockenheim Ring, they found the ideal event location for 2013. Not only will traders and collectors from all over Europe be gathering in and on the pit stops and the Glass Pavilion, many veteran vehicle clubs will also be presenting themselves to their members. The outdoor area all around the Ring will be transformed into a treasure trove for spare parts, complete vehicles, accessories, literature and service providers devoted to restoration, tools and all kinds of historical technology. Anybody looking for ideas for a new workshop project at home will be sure to find something at the Hockenheim Ring.

VETERAMA Hockenheim takes place on the first weekend in April.

With VETERAMA, also after 30 years, your classic vehicles will drive to a safe future.

So long…and a safe ride!

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12. - 14. october 2018


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