ESSEN -- The Essen Motor Show, a showcase for car customizing companies, will have fewer exhibitors this year as companies hit by the economic crisis stay away to cut costs.
Frank Thorwirth, CEO of the show's organizers Messe Essen GmbH, is putting a brave face on the reduced numbers.
"We'll present a more compact show, but still a powerful one," he said.
The show which runs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 6, has been given a new structure whose core feature is a reflection on the values of its founding year, 1968, when the motor sports and customization themes were the focal points.
On display will be vehicles extending from tuned street cars through to concept cars, vintage autos and historic race vehicles, as well as Formula One racing cars.
As in previous years, collectible cars and many antique replacement parts and accessories stands will be on show.
More motor sports
The event's motor sports arena has a larger space this year, and the indoor race course is more easily visible.
Racing clubs and groups have more than 30 stands and 11 universities are displaying prototypes built by students.
The offerings are rounded out with a Ferrari exhibition. The high point at the Italian super sports car exhibition is a one-off Ferrari 365 Pininfarina Berlinetta Special from 1967.
The attractions are also topped off with automakers' numerous concept vehicles, a hot rod display covering models from 1940 until today, and dragsters and show bikes.