Historical vehicles on display Saturday

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The center of Kaiserslautern will offer a journey through the history of motor vehicles Saturday.

The fifth Kaiserslautern Classics display will be set up from 10 a.m. to midnight in all pedestrian zones, on Martinsplatz, the old Pfalztheater parking lot, around Stiftskirche, on Schillerplatz and Altenhof. Vintage vehicles, newer cars, motorcycles and utility vehicles will be presented.

Private collectors, vintage vehicle friends, motor sports clubs and associations will show off their vehicles during the event.

“We received numerous interesting registrations for vehicles such as Porsche, Rolls Royce or the historical ambulances and fire trucks,” said Alexander Hess from the project office for city events. “There will be motorcycles from the 1920s, a Volkswagen Beetle from the 1940s and a Jaguar from the 1950s.”

Just like last year, stores in the center and all other areas will be open until midnight. “The Classics offer a nice shopping atmosphere, which lures visitors from all over,” Hess said.

For the first time, the Stifsplatz will be included in the event. After the fruit and vegetable market will close, ambulances, fire trucks, tractors and other vehicles will be displayed there. A German automobile club will offer children rides on youth carts starting at 3 p.m. The band The I Love You Sos will perform in front of the new hotel from 7 to 11 p.m.

The event will also feature an entertaining program with music from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The saxophone quartet The Lazy Tongues will play classic hits from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Schillerplatz, and from 2 to 4 p.m. near Riesenbrunnen, the giant ball fountain on Riesenstrasse. Harald Krüger will entertain the audience under the motto “Solo Piano meets Rock ‘n’ Roll” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. near Stiftskirche.

The Little Marching Band will perform classic jazz from 1920 to 1945 while walking throughout the whole event area. The Adlung Boogie Duo will present boogie and swing from 2 to 9 p.m. at Altenhof.

In the evening, from 7 to 11 p.m. performers will be Reindeers with rock ‘n’ roll on Schillerplatz, the Caroline Simpson Duo with jazz and soul near Stiftskirche and the Wild Boogie Connection with boogie all over the place.

The Tourist Information office (next to Fruchthalle, across from Rathaus) will offer guided city tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The first historical tour is two and half hours long and costs €5. The second tour is 90 minutes and costs €4. Register beforehand with the Tourist Information office.

For more information, visit www.kaiserslautern-classics.de.