I am not big fan of car shows unless there are Opels there. Berlin Klassik is one of the largest car shows in Canada. It is specialized for German vehicles. The show takes place on the site of race track with the cars located infield. The show was only 35 miles from Goderich, so I decided to participate.
The title “Berlin Klassik” was deceiving. There was very few classic cars, most were modern German cars enhanced by turbos, huge wheels, lambo doors, etc. Sure enough, there was no class for Opels, so they put me in Miscellaneous European Cars. That class included few Lamborghinis, Ferrari, bunch of Minis and Volvos and even Aston Martin and McLaren. My GT and I felt odd in that company of mostly young people and modern tuner cars. On top of everything, they have asked me to park in the middle of some empty area. The only reason why I didn’t turn around and left was $60 fee that I have already paid.
As I parked the car, I was approached by somebody driving golf cart. I later learned that he was one of the organizers and the judge. He told me that he nominated my GT for the Top Dawg (Best of Show) award. That cought me fully surprised as I knew that my GT had no chance against those modern tuner cars. There was a drag strip within complex, many of them have tested their car. The fastest street car was one of VW Golfs achieving 124 mph. There was also dyno testing and one of BMWs turned 515 HP. Top Dawg award went to some of those fine cars but I got first place in the Miscellaneous European class.
I am back home sunburned, happy about award but thinking how new generation of young people cherish cars in a different way. Times are changing.