XS CarNight Classic was easily one of the most unique events we've seen in all the years we've been on the show scene. As the name would suggest this one is laid on by the guys at XS World (which is perhaps most well-known for XS Mag and their XS events and clothing brands) and it's about the coolest modified classics out there. In fact, you won't see any ultra-modern metal on display at this one, but that's actually quite fitting when you consider perhaps the most unique thing of all - the absolutely jaw-dropping venue.
This compact event took place in Franzensfeste Fortress, a 19th Century military compound built by Ferdinand 1st of Austria in South Tyrol, Italy. Just how epic is that, eh? CarNight Classic was also our second stop on a tour attending a trio of European events over just a few days. We'd already travelled from the UK to the massive Tuning World Bodensee in Southern Germany, an epic international trade show that saw thousands upon thousands of visitors. And tomorrow night we'd be dropping in on XS CarNight Italy, the sort of main event for us, another big show where the more modern stuff (like our Pandem Kitted Yaris GR) is more than welcome.
In comparison though CarNight Classic was a far more intimate, laid-back affair. The stunning venue proving just enough of a challenge to actually get inside, and we definitely had to scale back our more traditional large display and AirStream Trailer store, instead opting for a smaller pop-up shop packed to the gills with our top detailing products. But that's not a problem for us, and having an absolute neck snapper of a car on display wasn't a problem, either. One of the AF project cars that had made the journey was James' rather posh Porsche 993.
Anyway the first job was to set up and prep the Porsche, and only then could we take a look around this strange little village to check out everything this classic show had to offer.
If taking a slow stroll around about pondering the merits of the coolest classic cars is your thing, then this could well be the best event ever. In fact, it's a bit like being on holiday, you know when you take a little wander around the local historic town? Only instead of crappy souvenir shops and run-down bars there's amazing cars everywhere you look. It was a collection of retro metal that's clearly as unique to find all in one place as it is amazing to drool over. As we navigated the labyrinth of streets and little nooks, we certainly found something new around every corner. Take a look for yourself with our own gallery of a few of our favourite pictures form the day…
There's no doubt that XS CarNight Classic was a great little event, and we'd like to thank everyone who turned up with their modified classics to make it such a special break from the norm. Not to mention everyone who popped by our stand to say hello and pick up a few detailing essentials. That's not to say that we had a lot of time to think about it on the day though, because we had to get packed up and back on the road to the Messe Bozen for XS CarNight Italy.
You can check out that event, and all our other show reports in the shows section of our blog.