120-shot gallery of the sublime and the bizarre, as described below:
For drivers and dreams
The tag line of the 2012 Essen Motor Show was 'For drivers and dreams'. To a large extent this covers the nature of the event, which caters to both the tuner and motorsport enthusiasts. Although the tuner displays can be a bit overwhelming to the more sensitive among us, 'Essen' has achieved a workable balance between the two main themes. At this year's show, they were treated to a display celebrating the imminent 50 year anniversary of the Porsche 911 and a collection of historic racing cars from the first 40 years of the World Sports Car Championship. Also on hand were a relatively large number of manufacturers, showcasing both their latest racing cars and their lines of aftermarket options. For the more tuner orientated visitors, the show once again boasted a small track on which the latest drifting machines were exercised. As always the remainder of the twelve halls were filled with a wide variety of exhibitors offering all the automotive related merchandise one can dream off.
Making the most of the relative quiet of the preview day, our photographers explored the vast Messe Essen and have returned with this 120-shot gallery.