The Cadillac BIG Meet is Europes biggest Cadillac Meeting. Its held every second year and it draws visitors from all over the world into the old Austrian city of "Kremsmünster".
The theme this year was the "1967 - 1970 Eldorados" which we featured in a special exhibition at the venue.
Weather forecast for the weekend was catastrophic after one of the driest summers we ever had. This caused some cancellations of participants and we were pretty nervous that many more would cancel their attendance. On friday evening quite a few super nice cars had already arrived at the hotel.
At the hotel on friday evening. Click to start the video!
At the hotel parking lot.
The Driving Tour
At the Driving Tour on saturday August 25th 45 Cadillacs attended. We drove from Kremsmünster to Feldkirchen where we had lunch at a very nice restaurant at the shores of a small lake.
At the restaurant parking lot. Click to start the video!
Super nice 1953 Eldorado at the driving tour.
We then continued our tour to Linz where the cars were displayed underneath an art museum where the cars drew a lot of attention.
Stop at the Lentos Museum in Linz
On the way back to Kremsmünster it started to rain heavily and it did not stop until sunday noon.
The Meeting on Sunday
Due to the bad weather we had far less Cadillacs in attendance this year. Lot of regular visitors stayed home as well.
The special exhibition - 1967-1970 Eldorado Elvis Presleys 1972 Station Wagon.
The first time we had an ambulance at the show. Loved it very much! Armin won Public Favorite and the 1951-1960 category with his 1953 Eldorado which he had been restoring to perfection during the last 12 years.
The Cadillac BIG Meet will return to its original venue in 2018. The park of the Kremsegg Castle was completely renovated from 2016 to 2017 and we can once again host Europes BIGGEST Cadillac Meeting at this lovely venue. The organization team is looking forward to your visit!
The huge park of the Kremsegg Castle was completely remodeled.
Göran Ambell from Sweden visited the Cadillac BIG Meet 2016 and wrote a very nice 4 page article about it for the big Swedish magazine “Nostalgia“. Göran was so kind to give us permission to share the article here. Click on the picture below to see the whole article with all the pages as a pdf file.
A big THANK YOU to all the participants and visitors who made the Cadillac BIG Meet 2016 something very special! He had more than 50 Cadillacs at the driving tour and over 100 Cadillacs at the meeting. Thanks to your donations we could donate €1.840.- to the Red Cross and its "Sozialmarkt"
The next Cadillac BIG Meet will probably be held on August 26th 2018! We will hopefully be able to confirm the date soon.
The 2016 Driving Tour on August 27th 2016 will go through the famous "Salzkammergut". Starting in Kremsmünster at 9:30am at the Hotel Schicklberg, we will drive in a very long Cadillac convoy towards the lake "Traunsee" up to a small mountain which will reward us with breathtaking views down the lake into the Alps. We will have lunch up there. Later we will drive along the shores of the lake to our next destination on the "Attersee" - one of the largest lakes in Austria where we will have coffee. We will then head back to Kremsmünster for dinner in the Hotel Schicklberg. This years driving tour will be around 100 miles long. Here are some pictures to give you an idea what you can expect in 2016. We shot the pictures during a test of the tour today. More info here!
Up the "Gmundnerberg"
View from the restaurant
Christian und Christl Freudenthaler - the main organizers of the Driving Tour
The 2016 Cadillac BIG Meet will be held at a new venue! There will be some major construction work going on our old venue at the park of the Kremsegg Castle in 2016, therefore the park will not be available for the Cadillac BIG Meet. Luckily we found a new, even better location in Kremsmünster where the Meeting can take place. It´s a very nice park called "Hofwiese". It will give us some very nice opportunities to display our cars there. We are looking forward to the new venue and hope to see you all in 2016. The new venue is located here: Gablonzerstaße 15, 4550 Kremsmünster, Austria
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz at the new park. The new venue for 2016!
* * * Celebrating our first Decade : The 2014 Cadillac Big Meet * * *
The Tenth Cadillac Big Meet at Schloss Kremsegg, Kremsmünster, Austria Sunday, August 24, 2014
Historic, scenic and beautiful Kremsmünster welcomes you! For a whole decade now, the friendly little town of Kremsmünster has been the location for the Cadillac Big Meet. And for a handful of those years, we were able to proudly announce that the city of Kremsmünster is co-organizer of the Big Meet! It is a fine moment when the iconoclastic cultural heritage as presented by Cadillac, the pinnacle of automotive and stylistic engineering in its day, is allowed to assimilate with the historic heritage as presented by Kremsmünster.
The pleasing castle grounds of Schloss Kremsegg remain the place to be for everyone admiring the Cadillac car - one area exclusively Cadillacs, the adjoining area for all USA and classic cars. In regards to the show field, it is now the largest yet : plenty of space to park your Cadillac, as well as enjoy the other Cadillacs, allowing breathing space between the cars for photographing, filming, or just gazing at them in quiet admiration.
So it's clear that, if you have a Cadillac or are lusting after one, on August 24, 2014, Kremsmünster, Austria is the place to be. This year's special theme is the Cadillac Milestone Cars. More info on this years spotlight can be found on our website : http://www.cadillac-meeting.com/english/program/spotlight/index.html Of course, we welcome all the fantastic Cadillacs of all other models as well, fully restored or all-original, old and new alike.
On Saturday August 23rd, the Kremsmünster event kicks off with a cruise through the scenic countryside. Please decide swiftly if you'd like to join in! But the big day will be Sunday when Cadillacs meet in the Park of the Kremsegg Castle. Important to note is that everybody is welcome, no pre-registrations necessary (except for the Saturday cruise of course). Just drive up to the castle gates and enter Cadillac Heaven!
The Big Meet is also free for visitors – good to know if your Cadillac is being restored, or if you still haven’t come across that dream car you’re lusting after… maybe you'll find it here?
Kremsmünster is located about 30km southwest of Linz, Austria. Full information on the Cadillac Big Meet website : http://www.cadillac-bigmeet.com/
We also have our group page on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/109516329070589/
Together with the city of Kremsmünster, we will offer you an unforgettably nice time - Cadillac style!
Organisation team : Gerald Loidl, Georg Pfeiffer, Wilhelm Hofmann, Christl and Christian Freudenthaler , Ludwig Medel, Davy Borghys from Belgium
the organization team of the Cadillac BIG Meet 2014
Besides the general Cadillac meeting - each year we have a special theme for the Cadillac BIG Meet, where we display the according cars on a special part of the venue. This year the spotlight is on “Cadillac Milestone Cars“ where we want to feature special models which were a milestone for Cadillac for various reasons, like styling, technical achievements or other important factors for Cadillac as a marque.
If you own one or more cars on the list below and want to participate in this years special show please let us know in advance so that we can plan this years exhibition accordingly. We started the list with 1941 but if you have an older car which you think is a Cadillac Milestone as well - feel free to let us know!