Berlin Klassik 2013
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
September 7-8th, 2013
One of the most anticipated European car shows of the year in Canada kicked off once again on a surprisingly hot September weekend. The show is none other than Berlin Klassik back again at the Bingemans grounds in Kitchener, Ontario although unlike last year this time it was held on the other side near the camping area. AMF was once again proud to be the official media partner and to provide coverage from what truly become one of our favorite shows in the Canadian car scene. Since last year, the show has grown immensely breaking records such as having 650+ registered competitor vehicles in the show ‘n shine, 200+ cars on exhibit, and over 4,000 spectators! Adding to the awesomeness was corporate support from the good people at Volkswagen Canada along with title sponsors Pfaff Tuning and JRP.
Parked near the vehicle registration booth was a huge selection of Volkswagen camper buses dating as far back as the early days of Dazed and Confused. If there’s one such vehicle in the world to call a shagging-wagon, this is it!
This classic Volkswagen gem is not your ordinary Beetle as some would think. Brought from the secret confines of Volkswagen Canada, it is a 1949 VW Beetle Hebmüller. Said to be one of 790 ever built, this one is #151 and with that comes much history behind this iconic coach-built creation. As history states, the coach builder from Wuppertal, Germany was established in 1889 by Joseph Hebmüller and was commissioned to build these Beetle-based cabriolets. Unfortunately due to a devastating fire in the paint shop on July 23rd, 1949 the factory was burnt down and by 1952 it ceased to exist due to bankruptcy. Hopefully we can get an opportunity to feature this incredible ride from Volkswagen corporate… ahem, ahem.
One of the nicest late-gen VW Golfs at the show was this black and carbon beast said to be putting out 400+ horsepower! It is no wonder it took 1st place in its class – kudos!
Pumping the best tunes heard at any event this year was none other than DJ Boj and his right hand man. Everything you would want to hear at a show was played from old school hip hop like Souls of Mischief to some Miley Cyrus approved twerk’n beats!
Got orange? A nice selection of vintage Beetles were parked together, each with their own twist. This metallic orange bug was riding on some air ride and rocking some chrome wheels – a true love / hate situation for any Euro fan.
What’s better than seeing a rare old school two-door Mercedes-Benz? Back in the day when being a “boss” meant something, this Merc was the ride to have.
Ever heard of Erich Bitter Automobil GmbH? Thought so. This incredible rare three-door German was produced from 1973-1979 and packed a 227 horsepower Chevrolet 327ci V8 under the hood. What’s even more amazing is that this “CD” model is said to be the only one in existence in Canada, naturally finding its way to be driven and displayed at Berlin Klassik!
For the BMW fans rest assured that your Bavarian fix would be satisfied. There were plenty of generations on display including a huge pack of E30 builds from the mild to completely wild.
We spotted this matte purple E46 M3 before… yup, at BimmerCruise! Showing his love for the Euro crowd it was back out again and getting the attention from anyone who can appreciate everything this car has to offer from perfect wheel fitment, to performance upgrades, and lets not forget that puple colour!
Over at the AMF booth we had a nice showcase of two E92 M3s, both of which are supercharged and making 500+ wheel horsepower! Stay tuned for an upcoming feature on them.
So you have a thing for old school Euro cars? Would this black demon satisfy your needs? What if the black paint and chrome bits didn’t do it for you, but you pop open the hood and find a turbocharged fully built engine? Insanity is what this is and clean as a whistle.
One of the highlights of the show was the live dyno pulls. This turbocharged BMW was said to have 1,070 wheel horsepower and hundreds of spectators gathered around to see it come to life. Unfortunately, due to traction issues on the dyno rollers it wasn’t able to nail down anything more than sub 800 wheel horsepower, but still amazing nonetheless. Stay tuned for a feature on this awesome German bruiser.
Some shows have hot models, others have stage shows, but this one has a custom golf kart fitted with air ride!
For those looking to snatch up some great deals on parts, there were plenty of exhibitors on hand. The folks at Braelin Alloy Wheels had an awesome display of their rolling masterpieces and deals which would make anyone fall flat on their face.
For those looking to spend a day in an exotic, check out Affinity Car Rentals. Their display was simple, but to the point and who could resist not wanting to take a photo let alone win a day in one of these gems – Bentley Continental GT or Lamborghini Gallardo?
Congratulations to all the winners! Also, kudos go out to the hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators for making this year’s event a huge success. Without the on-going support of the European car community in Ontario, Canada, things of this nature would never come to light and there truly is nothing better than being with fellow gear heads. Notable mentions go out to all the sponsors / exhibitors for their support with the show and their amazing showcases. Next year will surely break records once again bringing even more of the community together and sharing the one common interest we have – our cars. Be sure to check out the gallery complete with nearly 400 photos and share the event coverage with your friends!
For more information, please visit Berlin Klassik
Check out our past coverage from Berlin Klassik 2012!
Words & Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec