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 3200 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 added to the colourful and unique flair of the Classic Meeting Opelvillen and made 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.
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-tonne 1914 Opel Rennwagen, were again crowd favourites, attracting a steady stream of admirers. The 260bhp “Green Monster” drew its raw power from a 12.3-litre 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 show, with the Opel Cascada convertible and the new Opel Insignia flagship showcasing contemporary style and athleticism.
Read about the eight decades of Opel flagships from 1937 to 2017.