InterClassics Maastricht celebrates 25th anniversary
From the 11th through the 14th of January 2018, Maastricht will be going all out to celebrate the 25th edition of InterClassics Maastricht. The anniversary edition of this classic-car exhibition that has grown to become one of Europe’s most prominent classic-car events will be synonymous with the highlights of the last 25 years. A unique collection of 18 prized specimens will be presented, based on 18 themes that have characterised the event over the years. The best and most exclusive classic cars will be on display. There will also be a broad platform for displaying everything related to these classic cars, from spare parts to memorabilia.
In 1994, it was the Oldertimerclub Gronsveld that organised the first edition of InterClassics in one of the MECC Maastricht exhibition halls. MECC Maastricht has organised the event since 1996. Initially born as InterClassics, the exhibition has undergone several name changes over the years. In 2003, the name was changed to ‘InterClassics & TopMobiel’ and because of the expansion of the event to include a Belgian edition, InterClassics Brussels, the name was changed in 2015 to ‘InterClassics Maastricht’.
Long since familiar to attendees, the central themes at the exhibition have not always been a regular element in the event. In 2003, the first theme was introduced and since that time, 18 different themes have been used. The 2014 edition even had three central themes: ‘Maserati: 100 years’, ‘Pre-war race legends’, and ‘Mustang big-screen heroes’. Ferrari is the only brand that has been featured twice. In 2008, the event spotlighted ‘60 years of Ferrari’, and during the last edition, all eyes were once again on Ferrari when 25 prime specimens from the history of 70 years of Ferrari were on display.
Over the last quarter century, the exhibition was attended by a total of 400,000 visitors. The growth in visitor numbers, from several thousand during the first edition in 1994 up to and including the expected 30,000 for the upcoming edition, forms a solid foundation for the future. In 2015, the InterClassics team saw the expansion of the event with the addition of the successful ‘little sister’, InterClassics Brussels. ‘However, expansion ambitions have still not been fully realised. We hope to announce new initiatives in the near future,’ according to Erik Panis, Director of InterClassics.
InterClassics Maastricht will be held from Thursday, 11 through Sunday, 14 January 2018 at MECC Maastricht. The classic car trade exhibition traditionally attracts many buyers and enthusiasts. With 35,000 m2 of exhibition floor space for more than 800 classic cars and 275 exhibitors, InterClassics Maastricht is the largest classic-car event in the Benelux. For further information on InterClassics Maastricht, please visit www.interclassicsmaastricht.nl.