Kaiserslautern Classics features historical vehicles

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Photo by City of KaiserslauternVarious kinds of vehicles are on display during Kaiserslautern Classics Saturday.
Photo by City of Kaiserslautern
Various kinds of vehicles are on display during Kaiserslautern Classics Saturday.

The City of Kaiserslautern will sponsor the eighth Kaiserslautern Classics from 10 a.m. to  10 p.m. Saturday. Visitors will be able to experience the history of motor vehicles while walking through the center of town. A vehicle display will be set up in all pedestrian zones, on Martinsplatz, around Stiftskirche, on Schillerplatz, at Altenhof and in the parking lot near the city hall. Vintage vehicles, newer cars, motorcycles and utility vehicles will be on display.

Private collectors, vintage vehicle friends, motor sports clubs and associations will show off about 250 vehicles. A musical entertainment program will be provided as well. Various bands and musicians will take visitors on a musical trip through the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Kaiserslautern Classics will include a vehicle rally, the third ADAC Rally Trifels Historic. Today, the Oldtimer Astra Rodenbach group will meet at 5 p.m. on Stiftsplatz and drive to the museum Pfalzgalerie, where all rally participants will meet at 7:30 p.m. A musical show with Donovan Aston will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Food specialties will be served.

Stefan Rohrer, an artist from Stuttgart, will show off his sculptures made of auto bodies, motor scooters and model cars. Guided tours of the museum will be offered every half hour from 9 to
11 p.m.

The actual rally in historical vehicles begins at 10 a.m. from the museum and proceeds through the Palatinate Forest on a 250-kilometer tour.

Drivers are scheduled to return to the Stiftsplatz at around 4:30 p.m.

“It’s great that we were able to combine this wonderful rally with our Kaiserslautern Classics,” said Alexander Hess, chief, project office for city events. “Vintage vehicle and rally friends will present a special highlight to the audience.”

After the fruit and vegetable market on Stiftsplatz ends at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, ambulances, fire trucks, tractors and other vehicles will be displayed here.

“The stores in the center and all other shopping areas will be open until 8 p.m.,” Hess said. “And our tourist information office will offer a guided city tour at 10:30 a.m.”

The historical tour is 2 and half hours long and costs €5. Interested participants must register before with the tourist information office, which is located next to the Fruchthalle concert building, Fruchthallstrasse 14, across from the city hall.

Visit www.kaiserslautern-classics.de for more information.