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Bikes, Drags, and Rock n Roll: Bottrop Kustom Kulture

Do you live a Rock 'n Roll lifestyle? Do you love movies like "Rebel Without a Cause" - especially the chicken run? Do you like the smell of gasoline and the roaring of a V8 big block? Then the Kustom Kulture in Bottrop is a must-see!

One of the many drag racers

I heard of this event last year, quite after it happened – so I had to put it at the top of my 2012 schedule. It had so many things I like: old cars (built ’65 and before), a 1/8 mile race, rock and roll live bands, and barbecue. So I greased my hair, put on my red leather jacket, packed a bag full of cameras and went to airport “schwarze Heide” in Bottrop.

Arriving at the venue, it was already great outside. So many people camping there, having their old cars with them. It took almost one hour just to walk across the parking lot and camping area to spot those great classics that were built after ’65. From Mustangs and Roadrunners to Cadillacs and even to Volvos. Now this was a good starter, but I came for the main meal…

Hot Rods! It is quite uncommon to spot some in Germany, as the scene is rather small. So it was surprising to see about 200 Hot Rods and Rat Rods at one place!

There have also been several Kustoms and heavyweight Bikes for those who prefer a little bit of chrome and shiny paint jobs. Also some real Drag Racers.

Did I just say Drag Racer? Now that is essentially one of the biggest differences to other vintage car festivals. Some of these cars are there to compete in the 1/8 mile Drag Race. How cool is that? The Race Track was a bit far away from the visitors spot, so I have no pictures of that as I had nothing larger then a 150mm lens.

It is not just all about the cars, it is also about celebrating a certain lifestyle, so there have been lots of Rockabillies and Rockabellas. In two tents there have been rock and roll live bands playing all the time. So this event is also good for having a nice party!

If any one of these sounded appealing to you, I can highly recommend this festival! I will definitely be there next year!

written by smu

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