Champion Train '93

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Champion Train '93
Date: 1993-05-081993-06-06
Location: Germany
Attendance: 3000[1]

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The Champion Train '93, was a German Sega gaming event tied to Sega Germany's marketing campaign Games World, held in a graffitied two carriage special train[2][3] (Sonderzug) of the German Federal Railway (Deutsche Bundesbahn), from May 8 to June 6, 1993.

In order to give the train a suitable outfit for the ocasion, German teen magazine Popcorn[4] called on its readers to take part in a graffiti competition called "Stylt den Sega Champion Train!"[2] (Style the Sega Champion Train!). The winners of the competition were Erik Mahnkopf[5][6][7][8][9][10] and Malte Nickau[11][12][7] , two youngs from Berlin, which with the help of two of their friends, spent two days in Munich (München Ostbahnhof) decorating the two carriages of the train[13]. Both born in East Berlin in 1975[14], Erik Mahnkopf, a.k.a. Steak[15][16][17][18][19][20] and Malte Nickau, a.k.a. Kobolt[15][21][22][18][19], became attracted by the early graffiti scene that spawned in West Berlin shortly before[23] the German reunification, eventually forming their own graffiti crew in 1990[24][25] which was known as CAF[26][27] (Children Against Frustation[28] a.k.a. Crazy Art Fruiters) and joining a government-sponsored[29] Hip Hop project dubbed SWAT Posse[30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37] in 1992, initiated on March 14, 1991[37] by German music manager Andreas Welskop[38][39] (manager of German singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer Clueso) and managed by young people. There, along with other fellow SWAT Posse's graffiti crews they formed the graffiti agency called GraffitiConnection[24][40][41] which was the building block for the independent financing of the project. In 1997 Erik Mahnkopf and Malte Nickau spun off from this structure, and went on a tour by many Eastern European countries, such as Poland, Croatia and Slovenia, etc. to spread graffiti culture in a project that they dubbed "Graffiti Goes East"[42][43][44][45], later founding Berlin-based communications agency GRACO in that same year.

The train toured by the railway stations of 30 largest German cities, namely Munich (München Hauptbahnhof; May 8[46][47]), Nuremberg (Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof; May 9[46][47]), Offenbach am Main (Offenbach am Main Hauptbahnhof; May 10[46][47]), Fulda (Fulda Hauptbahnhof; May 11[46][47]), Kassel (Kassel Hauptbahnhof; May 12[46][47]), Erfurt (Erfurt Hauptbahnhof; May 13[46][47]), Chemnitz (Chemnitz Hauptbahnhof; May 14[46][47]), Cottbus (Cottbus Hauptbahnhof; May 15[46][47]), Leipzig (Leipzig Bayerischer Bahnhof; May 16[46][47]), Braunschweig (Braunschweig Hauptbahnhof; May 17[46][47]), Berlin (Berlin-Lichtenberg; May 18[46][47]), Schwerin (Schwerin Hauptbahnhof; May 19[46][47]), Kiel (Kiel Hauptbahnhof; May 20[46][47]), Hamburg (Sternschanze; May 21[46][47]), Bremen (Bremen Hauptbahnhof; May 22[46][47]), Oldenburg (Oldenburg Hauptbahnhof; May 23[46][47]), Münster (Münster Hauptbahnhof; May 24[46][47]), Hagen (Hagen Hauptbahnhof; May 25[46][47]), Bochum (Bochum Hauptbahnhof; May 26[46][47]), Oberhausen (Oberhausen Hauptbahnhof; May 27[46][47]), Aachen (Aachen Hauptbahnhof; May 28[46][47]), Koblenz (Koblenz Hauptbahnhof; May 29[46][47]), Wiesbaden (Wiesbaden Hauptbahnhof; May 30[46][47]), Mainz (Mainz Hauptbahnhof; May 31[46][47]), Heidelberg (Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof; June 1[46][47]), Saarbrücken (Saarbrücken Hauptbahnhof; June 2[46][47]), Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof; June 3[46][47]), Freiburg im Breisgau (Freiburg Hauptbahnhof; June 4[46][47]), Ulm (Ulm Hauptbahnhof; June 5[46][47]) and Augsburg (Augsburg Hauptbahnhof; June 6[46][47]).

To participate, gamers all over Germany, in two groups; "junior" (12 years and under) and "senior", had to get a free "score card" available on "training camps" set up by Sega in authorized department stores which could also be obtained on-site, in the train, where they had compete for a high score on Taz-Mania, Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators and Thunder Force IV for the Sega Mega Drive.

Gamers of each city with the first and second best scores of each group (four gamers in total per city) would compete for the title of German "junior" and "senior" Champion in a Final (originally planned to be held in Hamburg), held in a special tent set up by Sega in the Hockenheimring race circuit during the Formula One 1993 German Grand Prix, where the winners would be entitled to a place in the Sega European Championships 1993, to compete for the title of European Champion.

Christopher Sigmund, aged 12, won the the junior contest[48] while Andreas Hugel, aged 20, won the senior contest[48]. Alain Prost and Damon Hill of Williams-Renault Formula One Team, awarded the prizes which consisted of a trophy and a Mega-CD 2 to each of the two champions, while the second and third classified of each group received a Sega Mega Drive Magnum Set as a consolation prize. Retired German high jumper Carlo Thränhardt[49], was present at the event as a special guest, supporting the contestants and giving them autographs in the end.

Magazine articles

Main article: Champion Train '93/Magazine articles.

Gallery

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All finalists of the Champion Train '93, competed in the German Sega Championships Final held in a special tent set up for the ocasion in the Hockenheimring race circuit, in Hockenheim, Germany
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Alain Prost and the podium finishers of the junior contest
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Christopher Sigmund, the winner of the junior contest alongside Damon Hill and Alain Prost
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Christopher Sigmund and Carlo Thränhardt[49]
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Andreas Hugel the winner of the senior contest alongside Williams-Renault Formula One Team's car Williams FW15C
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Erik Mahnkopf, Malte Nickau and friends
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The "Champion Train" in Munich
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1994 interview (minute 07:09) with Erik Mahnkopf and Malte Nickau on ORB's television dance music show "Feuerreiter"[41] ("Fire Rider"), hosted by German electronic music disc jockey, producer and television presenter Marusha Aphrodite Gleiß
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Interview (minute 16:08) with Erik Mahnkopf and Malte Nickau on 3sat's 1994 documentary "Graffiti: Kunst oder Vandalismus?" ("Graffiti: Art or Vandalism?")

External links

References

  1. Gamers, "August/September 1993" (DE; 1993-07-23), page 10
  2. 2.0 2.1 Video Games, "6/93" (DE; 1993-05-26), page 31
  3. File:FernsehkulturSubjektivitätineinerWeltbewegterBilder Book DE 1996 (by Ben Bachmair).pdf, page 41
  4. Sega Magazin, "September/Oktober 1993" (DE; 1993-09-01), page 25
  5. https://www.maz-online.de/Lokales/Oberhavel/Mit-Pinsel-und-50-Litern-Farbe (archive.today)
  6. https://www.xing.com/profile/Erik_Mahnkopf (archive.today)
  7. 7.0 7.1 https://www.graco-berlin.de/en/about/ (archive.today)
  8. https://taz.de/%211314412/ (Wayback Machine: 2021-03-27 13:41)
  9. https://taz.de/Das-haelt-niemanden-ab/%211295500/ (Wayback Machine: 2021-03-23 23:58)
  10. File:GraffitiKongressBerlin DE Flyer 2014-05-10.pdf, page 2
  11. https://www.saechsische.de/alles-bunt-auf-der-kirchstrasse-5086560.html (archive.today)
  12. https://www.uni-potsdam.de/de/kultursemiotik/mitwirkende/malte-nickau (archive.today)
  13. File:ChampionTrain93 Popcorn DE Magazine.jpg
  14. https://books.google.pt/books?id=_KEVAQAAIAAJ&q=erik+mahnkopf+and++malte+nickau&dq=erik+mahnkopf+and++malte+nickau&hl=pt-PT&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiNleigp4zvAhWC5-AKHXgLD0oQ6AEwAXoECAAQAg
  15. 15.0 15.1 File:ČasopisZaKritikoZnanostiDomišljijoInNovoAntropologijo 231-232 (Street Art) Book SI 2008; page 322 to 336 (by Association of Socialist Youth of Slovenia, University of Ljubljana).pdf, page 8
  16. Xplicit Grafx, "December 1993" (FR; 1993-12-xx), page 7
  17. Xplicit Grafx, "July 1994" (FR; 1994-07-xx), page 18
  18. 18.0 18.1 Xplicit Grafx, "October 1997" (FR; 1997-10-xx), page 10
  19. 19.0 19.1 Bomber, "January 1998" (NL; 1998-01-xx), page 12
  20. http://sunsite.icm.edu.pl/graffiti/endstation/magazine/mag15/mag15.htm (archive.today)
  21. Xplicit Grafx, "March 1997" (FR; 1997-03-xx), page 9
  22. Xplicit Grafx, "March 1997" (FR; 1997-03-xx), page 15
  23. https://popundsub.jugendkulturen.de/hip-hop.html (Wayback Machine: 2021-03-27 19:48)
  24. 24.0 24.1 File:InterventionKulturVonderKraftKulturellenHandelns Book DE 2010 (by Kristina Volke).pdf, page 154
  25. https://berlingraffiti.de/2011/01/11/poet-interview-lectrics/ (archive.today)
  26. http://streetfiles.org/caf/photos/page:1 (Wayback Machine: 2009-03-11 06:15)
  27. https://www.graffiti.org/huh/trains/warsaw/germany/germanywc.html (archive.today)
  28. https://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2009/10/30/children-against-frustration/ (archive.today)
  29. https://books.google.pt/books?id=Tiaz1jNIcMcC&pg=PA110&lpg=PA110&dq=swat+posse+berlin&source=bl&ots=tAD1f4RUZN&sig=ACfU3U2jLCe1TvumiAlWJi7o3xq899XSkg&hl=pt-PT&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjt-9SW6cjvAhUpUhUIHWG9CT84ChDoATAIegQIDRAD#v=onepage&q=swat%20posse%20berlin&f=false
  30. https://taz.de/%211561677/ (Wayback Machine: 2021-03-24 11:26)
  31. File:SWATVideodokumentation92 VHS DE Video (Incomplete).mp4
  32. File:SWATVideodokumentation92 VHS DE Box Front.jpg
  33. File:SWATVideodokumentation92 VHS DE Box Back.jpg
  34. File:SWATVideodokumentation92 VHS DE Cassette.jpg
  35. https://taz.de/!1640808/ (Wayback Machine: 2021-03-25 18:16)
  36. File:SWATVideomagazin93 VHS DE Video.mp4
  37. 37.0 37.1 https://www.neues-deutschland.de/artikel/408033.breakdanceattacke-zum-geburtstag.html (Wayback Machine: 2021-03-25 21:08)
  38. http://archiv2016.theaternatur.de/andreas-welskop/ (Wayback Machine: 2021-03-24 11:33)
  39. 14K, "Dezember 1992/Januar 1993, Nr. 46" (CH; 1992-12/1993-01), page 31
  40. https://allgood.de/features/interviews/hiphop-hat-outlaws-wie-mir-eine-identitaet-gegeben/ (Wayback Machine: 2020-08-03 09:34)
  41. 41.0 41.1 http://generationtapedeck.blogspot.com/2009/12/15-jahre-altes-hiphop-zeitdokument.html (archive.today)
  42. https://bdgallery.bigcartel.com/product/graffiti-goes-east-steak-kobolt-caf (archive.today)
  43. https://culture.pl/en/work/graffiti-goes-east-1990-2012 (archive.today)
  44. https://picosico.org/m/BchUediF7kk
  45. File:GraffitiGoesEastSteak&KoboltWarsaw 1997.jpg
  46. 46.00 46.01 46.02 46.03 46.04 46.05 46.06 46.07 46.08 46.09 46.10 46.11 46.12 46.13 46.14 46.15 46.16 46.17 46.18 46.19 46.20 46.21 46.22 46.23 46.24 46.25 46.26 46.27 46.28 46.29 Sega Pro, "Mai 1993" (DE; 1993-04-xx), page 4
  47. 47.00 47.01 47.02 47.03 47.04 47.05 47.06 47.07 47.08 47.09 47.10 47.11 47.12 47.13 47.14 47.15 47.16 47.17 47.18 47.19 47.20 47.21 47.22 47.23 47.24 47.25 47.26 47.27 47.28 47.29 Play Time, "6/93" (DE; 1993-05-05), page 11
  48. 48.0 48.1 Sega Magazin, "September/Oktober 1993" (DE; 1993-09-01), page 36/37 (36)
  49. 49.0 49.1 https://content2.promiflash.de/article-images/video_1080/carlo-thraenhardt-in-der-zdf-talkshow-von-markus-lanz.jpg


Tours and challenges hosted by Sega
France
Sega Masters 91 (1991) | Sega Euro Challenge 92 (1992) | Challenge Européen Sega 1993 (1993)
United Kingdom
Sega Challenge 1990 (1990) | Sega Masterblaster Championship 1991 (1991) | Sega Sports Challenge (1992) | UK Sega Games Championships (1993) | 1994 Sega UK Challenge (1994) | Sega in 2 Action! Tour (1995)
United States
Sega Challenge (1987-1988) | Sega Genesis World Championship (1990) | Cherry Coke/Sega Sonic Shuttle 1993 (1993) | Cherry Coke/Sega Sonic Shuttle 1994 (1994) | Cherry Coke/Sega Saturn Shuttle Sampling Program (1995) | Sega Dreamcast Mobile Assault Tour (1999)
Others
Sega TV Game-ki Zenkoku Contest (Japan; 1974) | 1991 Sega European Championship | 1992 Sega European Championship | Sega European Championships 1993 | Champion Train '93 (Germany; 1993) | Télémoustique Sega Cup 93