When Classic Driver attended the first Geneva Classics last year, we were mightily impressed – not only by the fabulous array of classic cars, motorcycles, boats and aeroplanes, but also by the ease of travelling to the Geneva Palexpo exhibition centre from the UK. An easyJet flight from Luton took us there and back, allowing for a full day of fun, plus a meal out in Geneva, and all in time to be back in the office the following morning.
We’ve already covered in some detail the star cars in the Sportscar Auction Company’s sale, taking place at Geneva Classics on Saturday 6th October. But the auction is just one of the very many reasons to attend this show. There is, for example, the extraordinary display of 10 aeroplanes, focusing on the first generation of passenger aircraft from the 1930s. For those in the know, aeronautically speaking, we’re told that among the highlights will be the Junkers Ju 52, Douglas DC-3 and Lockheed 12 A Electra Junior.
Meanwhile the main focus of the show remains, of course, the classic and collectors’ motor cars, with exhibitions from museums, clubs and associations, as well as stands presenting specialist literature, models and automotive artists. Plus plenty more. To name just a few of the highlights, there will be a special exhibition by the Chopard Company entitled ‘Mille Miglia: 80 years of fascination (1927 -2007)’, while the Swiss Fashion Museum will present part of its prestigious collection in two shows: at 4pm on both Friday October 5th and Sunday October 7th. Finally, for the first time in Switzerland, the Bugatti Royal Coupé Napoleon (on loan from the national motor museum Schlumpf, Mulhouse) will be on display. And no, we’ve not misspelt Bugatti Royale. In French, the chassis was designated as masculine, hence Royal and not Royale – as shown in the road book (we’re told).
Geneva Classics 2007 runs from the afternoon of Thursday 4th October, through to Sunday 7th October. The entry price for adults is 15 Swiss Francs (11 euros); children under 16 are admitted free.
For further details please visit www.geneva-classics.ch
Text: Charis Whitcombe
Photos: Classic Driver
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