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Maastricht, 13 January, 2002

Maastricht’s vibrant history and its situation at a crossroads of European cultures, languages and trade routes lend it a unique charm and international flavour.

Dutch visitors to this most ancient, most European and most southerly city of the Netherlands find Maastricht so un-Dutch that they feel as if they are abroad, while foreign visitors tend to feel perfectly at home in its international atmosphere.

The saying that many roads lead to Maastricht (its population is currently about 123000 people) is borne out by the fact that year after year it is one of the top three conference cities in the country.

Nestling where the borders of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany meet, Maastricht is an undoubted beneficiary of the European integration process. Maastricht and the MECC have hosted many top international conferences, the most notable of which culminated in the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in1991 – the final countdown for the appearance of the Euro.

The Maastricht Exposition & Congress Centre (MECC) is an ultramodern, dynamic organisation that organises and provides accomodation for fairs, conferences and major cultural and sporting events with superb exhibition facilities under one roof.

The twelfth international vintage, veteran and classic car show “InterClassics” was helt in the rooms of MECC between January 11 – 13 and welcomed about 22500 visitors and enthusiasts in total.

The MECC contacted the “Ferrari Club Nederland” six month ago to display Ferrari automobiles as a special theme and the FCN said immediately: yes - we will go for it.

The response of club members and of Ferrari importer Kroymans was incredible – 46 Ferraris built between 1948 and 2001 were the result and have been presented on two marvellous areals. Informations about each Ferrari (type, year of construction, coachbuilder, s/n...) were given on small boards in front of each car - nicely done indeed. Please find enclose two photogalleries and a detailed list.

I have to send my feeling of gratitude to Anthony Mark van Waay (president of “Ferrari Club Nederland”) and to Nico P.H. Koel (for his support to make the FCN display possible)

Visitors could find about 30 further Ferraris and Dinos spread over the large hall which were presented by their owners or by classic car dealers for sale. The wide range of types included cars like: 250 GTE 2+2 series III (s/n 4097GT) - 330 GT 2+2 series I (s/n 6415) - 512 BB (s/n 37239) - F 40 (s/n 77676) and a tuned Dino 246 GT (270 HP, Colletti Gearbox, alloy doors & bonnet, sliding windows, s/n 6748)

Don't think it necessary to say that enthusiasts of other brands like Lamborghini (a superb Miura), Maserati (a fully original 3500 Sebring S I, s/n AM 10101765), Jaguar, Bugatti, Mercedes ...found many cars to admire.

As usual a wide range of stands offered Automobilia (collectors books, brochures, badges, scales models and spare parts).

The three days of the InterClassics brought us a big surprise and a remarkable event in the 2002 calendar, thanks also to the not named Ferrari owners.

We may looking forward to InterClassics 2003. The organisers and myself have to find another theme and we are thinking about "Coachbuilders". Scaglietti, Pininfarina, Boano, Touring, Zagato, Frua, Ghia, Bertone, Ellena, Fontana, Motto, Vignale....good idea to bring a few Ferraris to Maastricht.

Helmut Schnug

Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe s/n 017S
Ferrari 166 Inter Touring Coupe s/n 029S
Ferrari 166 Inter Coupé Stabilimenti Farina s/n 037S
Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Berlinetta s/n 0179EL
Ferrari 250 Europa GT PF Coupe s/n 0381GT
Ferrari 250 GTO s/n 4757GT
365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione s/n 14407
F50 s/n 107015
360 Challenge s/n 123497
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