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RETRO Race on Stuttgart trade fair grounds for the first time

The whole world of vintage motorsport over 70,000 m2

A premiere at Messe Stuttgart: At the RETRO Race to be held on 19 and 20 July, 70,000-square-metre of the Messe Stuttgart exhibition area close to the airport will be transformed into a circuit for vintage and modern classic cars. More than 250 cars and motorcycles of all classes and eras will hurtle round a 2.4-kilometre track at the event organised by RETRO Messen GmbH, who are expecting over 20,000 visitors. 

The RETRO Race evokes memories of the now renowned Solitude race course, one of the oldest Formula-1 race tracks in Germany (1903 to 1964). A new edition of the world-famous race on the old course in 2011 fascinated tens of thousands of visitors  celebrating 125 years of automobiles in Stuttgart – a city that to this day revolves around the automotive industry and is home to global corporations like Daimler and Porsche.

“Naturally, people ask us whether the Solitude atmosphere can even be recreated on these modern fair grounds”, says Karl Ulrich Herrmann, Managing Director of RETRO Messen GmbH. “Compared to the Solitude Ring course, however, we have many more options at the RETRO Race here at Messe Stuttgart. From the open-air grounds, spectators have a direct view of a third of the course. What’s more, they don’t have to wait as long for the vehicles to race past again on the shorter track.”

Valuable automotive rarities, guests who want to get up close to the action, and numerous side attractions make the RETRO Race a real logistical challenge. The Guest Events team at Messe Stuttgart have solved this by guiding visitors safely onto the open-air grounds via a number of attractions at the spacious east entrance. The focal point of the event is the 2.4-kilometre circuit around the trade fair’s own loading areas. The vacated truck pool, which is being used for an automotive event not for the first time, provides ideal conditions for a large drifting course on the level, paved, obstacle-free area. An International Drift Series (IDS) championship race is just one of the events held here. The open-air grounds accommodate the drivers’ paddocks with a pit lane as well as a retail area. Visitors can also get the racing feeling among the historical motorcycles in Hall 3 or watch the Formula 1 broadcast live on a large screen in the magnificent setting of the beer garden.

“Motoring events simply belong in Stuttgart, at the heart of the automotive region, where we have manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and a range of exceptional cultural offerings”, says Stefan Lohnert, Division Director Guest Events at Messe Stuttgart. “The trade fair grounds have very different indoor and outdoor areas with corresponding floor surfaces. This provides optimal conditions for all kinds of vehicle presentation events. Whether it’s a smooth race track, an obstacle course or an English lawn, vehicles can be presented here in impressive surroundings.” And if the weather is poor, parts of the event can be moved into the hall.

Another benefit of the trade fair grounds is their excellent transport links as visitors can get there directly by plane, car or train. The campus itself boasts two hotels with some 550 beds.

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