Hoping for Hessisch Oldendorf 2022

So HO22?

After the recent postponement of the air-cooled show at Ninove in Belgium, all hopes are now that Hessisch 2022 finally gets to take place this year! It seems a genuine age since I last was able to go to a decent air-cooled show (for obvious Covid-19 reasons). If there is one show you really want to be able to get to, it’s definitely Hessisch Oldendorf!

unfortunately, Hessisch 2021 is postponed to 2022 now
unfortunately, Hessisch 2021 is postponed to 2022 now

As you know, I was really looking forward to Hessisch Oldendorf 2021, but unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic, like a lot of things, it was postponed. Well the good news is that, with all being well, it has now been rescheduled to 2022. If you’ve not been before, Hessisch Oldendorf is a beautiful picturesque town in Germany that, every four years, hosts a very special air-cooled vintage car show that attracts people and really rare vehicles, from quite literally, all over the world.

nice survivor split window Beetle with additional stop light accessory
nice survivor split window Beetle with additional stop light accessory

With air-cooled vehicles adorning the town streets, there is just so much to see as you wander around the town centre and beyond. It’s a good job the show spans the weekend otherwise you would never get to take it all in. Even at a weekend, it’s a struggle as I know there was still loads that I didn’t get to see!

the picturesque streets of Hessisch Oldendorf
the picturesque streets of Hessisch Oldendorf

Schwimmwagen spectacular

Plus of course, you get to see one of my favourite air-cooled vehicles, the über cool Schwimmwagens up close on the streets, and even better, in their element of schwimmin’ in the water! Has to be the highlight of the shows many events over the weekend for me.

Road trip destination

Getting to the event is part of the fun. You get to see other people en-route, or cruise in a convoy there with events organised for any stop overs that might be organised. Once you arrive, there are well organised and dedicated areas with full facilities arranged for camping at the event. All helps to make the event a fun weekend road trip destination. Or maybe like me, use it as a spring board for a wider European road trip!

small is beautiful, especially with extra room up top!
small is beautiful, especially with extra room up top!

Hopefully things will begin to ease travel restriction wise so that the event will be open to all once again. Fortunately tickets from the postponed 2021 event are still valid for this year, so nearer the time (and further confirmation that all is going ahead) I just need to book ferry tickets, and start planning the trip over. I can’t wait!

kool Karmann Ghia line up
kool Karmann Ghia line up

Historic classics

It’s a show that features some he rarest of the rare in terms of air-cooled classic VW’s, Porsche along with a range of unique independent coach built vehicles. Some of which I hadn’t even heard of, let alone seen. Some you might expect to see in a museum. Here the museum is the open air streets of Hessisch Oldendorf.

hoods up on this tidy looking Kübelwagen
hoods up on this tidy looking Kübelwagen

Military incarnations sit alongside concourse restorations and original paint survivors. Each has their own character and story to tell. Each one fascinating in its own special way.

super tidy Barndoor 23 window deluxe Samba with Behr scoop… nice!
super tidy Barndoor 23 window deluxe Samba with Behr scoop… nice!

Travel adventures

It will be the first time for me back in Europe for a few years now after this pandemic, so depending on timing and events, it might be a great excuse to have a bit of an extended break after the show. Last time I made a point of visiting the two very different VW museums in Wolfsburg – a really worthwhile extension to any trip. It would be great to see a little more of Germany. You soon get to realise just how big a country it really is! There is so much to explore

ski season ready ragtop Beetle
ski season ready ragtop Beetle

Built to roam

This was another favourite from HO17. Incredibly rare, but built to roam and set-up for camping too, with a classic roof tent up above. What a cool camper, a real head turner!

top camper – so much to love in one photo
top camper – so much to love in one photo

Summer cruising won’t get much cooler if you happen to be driving around in a Hebmüller Cabriolet. Summer driving personified!

summer road trip ready Hebmüller
summer road trip ready Hebmüller

Hessisch 2022

Great to finally have a date in the diary for 2022 to look forward to. Hopefully things will continue to slowly improve and it will be another show to remember.

plenty to see all around
plenty to see all around

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2 thoughts on “Hoping for Hessisch Oldendorf 2022”

  1. Do we need to purchase tickets to visit for one day? Where is the best place to park as just an observer?

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    • I don’t think so, tickets are really just for vehicles that get to park up in and around the town centre streets on display. I’m sure I remember seeing a car park in the town? If you were just visiting for the day, I expect that most parking will get busy, so best to get there early I would have thought…

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