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Has your issue of Professional Recovery arrived yet? If so then check out the article on Page 18 featuring the recent trip I made to the tow show at Kassel.

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Busman’s Holiday To The European Tow Show

By Chris Reeves

Almost slap bang in the middle of Germany is the city of Kassel. It lies between Dusseldorf and Leipzig, north east of Frankfurt. Once a year Kassel is home to the International Trade Fair of Towing and Recovery and it’s been running every year since 1973. The show ran from the 11th – 13th of June this year which seemed the perfect excuse for me to pack my bag and take trip over given the date coincided perfectly with my birthday.

The show was held in the Kassel trade fair centre which has 14 halls and can accommodate up to 15,000 people. It was easy to reach via a plane, a train and then an automobile.

Having duly paid my 10 Euros entry fee the first exhibitor I saw was Miller Industries/Boniface Engineering. Mick Overton was there and it seemed he was enjoying testing out the autobahns of Germany with some Institute of Vehicle Recovery biking pals.

The team were also carrying out a demonstration of rolling over a trailer and catching it with air cushions and they were watched by quite a crowd.

My initial sense that there wasn’t too much new and exciting developments disappeared once I started digging deeper and looking more closely at equipment. I was particularly struck by Omar’s who were displaying front stiff legs on a vehicle.

Chrome seemed to be everywhere and it seemed like everything that could be chromed had been – a case of blinging up your breakdown perhaps? Once I got past the shiny distractions there were some smaller, but no less exciting, innovations and developments. Lockers have certainly moved a long way from the early days of throwing everything in and there were locker systems to die for, with everything laid out so it was quick and easy to access and stow away again.

Slidebeds were of course similar to what we would see in the UK but some were fitted with fibreglass or plastic bodies, with lots of Isuzu’s and Volkswagen’s being used as chassis. There were some creative ideas when it came to spec and underlift attachments, and it was abundantly clear that safety was a key consideration throughout.

Kassel was an interesting and varied show to visit. It was a great place to visit for some new ideas and inspiration, and also located in a part of Germany that could easily be missed. My top tip would be to book accommodation early if you are planning to go. If your birthday isn’t in June why not make it a romantic weekend away with your partner – there are plenty of attractions to keep them amused, including plenty of shops!

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