Power on tour - V8 Register: Cruising Germany|
report provided by Al Barnett with a photo from Mario Kllostra. More
report of the V8 Tour 2015 to Germany prepared by Kai and Claudia Knickmann has
come in via tour organiser Walter Kallenberg. Report|
has prepared the translation below whilst on a flight to the Far East.
Tour 2015 to Germany|
From ancient Roman city to modern rolling road, from
harbour cruise to English garden - there was something for everybody at the V8
Tour to Germany that took place the first week of September in Moers in the lower
The V8 Register of the MG Car Club has run multiple tours in various
corners of the UK in past years, but this time Germany was the chosen destination.
Bookings were coming in fast and numerous so the tour was quickly overbooked -
all in all 33 MG V8 took up Brigitte and Walter Kallenberg's invitation. Nearly
all versions were present, MGBGTV8, V8 Roadster and RV8 as well as one ZT280SE,
complemented by an MGC and an MGA. Most participants were V8 Register members
from the UK, but there was a good following as well from Portugal, Switzerland,
France, the Netherlands and Sweden.
On arrival we all met at the Hotel van
der Valk in Moers which would be our hub for the next few days. A fabulous dinner
and a long evening at the bar gave plenty of opportunity to say hello to many
well-known and new V8 enthusiasts.
On Thursday morning after a splendid breakfast
and a short briefing the activities started with typical themes of the Ruhr region.
The road book guided us towards the river Rhine, where we took a ferry to cross
the river. First stop was the impressive coal-fired power station at Walsum, where
the head of operations and one of his chief engineers were so kind to explain
the size and processes. The first units were supplied with coal directly from
the adjacent coal mine. Now the mine (like nearly all others in the area) has
stopped production and the coal today is shipped all the way from South America.
drove further to Duisburg where we participated in a beer seminar at a local microbrewery
- the brew master did a great job to introduce us to the art of brewing beer in
a very entertaining way and in perfect English, having worked previously in New
Zealand and the UK. The seminar finished in style with a beer tasting - of course
mainly for the co-drivers. The afternoon was spent on an extended harbour cruise
at the ports of Duisburg, the biggest inland port of Europe before calling it
a day at the bar in the hotel.
The second day's route took us into the Netherlands
to Onixx Starcraft in Lichtenvoorde. Onixx is a respected specialist for engine
tuning with an excellent reputation not only in the MG community. Kitty and Hans,
the proprietors, made us very welcome and at home. And I'm sure many of us would
have loved to move into the workshop, as it included not only everything you would
need to tinker with your MG (including a four wheel drive rolling road capable
of handling 1000 PS) but a proper English pub on the mezzanine level and a fully
outfitted kitchen/dining area.
On our way back we were constantly chased by
looming rain clouds. But before they finally caught up with us, we were still
able to pay a visit to the English garden at the Reidelhof in Goch. The anglophile
owners had planned, planted and extended this marvelous park continuously over
the past fifteen years.
Saturday brought us to Xanten. The area occupied 2000
years ago by the ancient Roman city of Colonia Ulpia Traiana. Today it is home
to the biggest archaeological park in Germany - including an amphitheatre, temples,
bathhouses and a shipyard.
We finished with a fabulous farewell dinner Saturday
night including standing ovations to our hosts Brigitte and Walter Kallenberg
and V8 tour coordinators Carolyn and Bob Owen. On Sunday morning many of us participated
in a guided tour of Essen, a city with a fascinating mix of industrial heritage
around the now defunct coal mine "Zollverein" and lush parks around
the huge mansion of the Krupp family. Others left after breakfast in order to
catch their ferry crossings back to the UK.
Finally once again a big thank
you to our hosts and organizers for such a fantastic event and of course thanks
to so many V8 members making the effort to come all the way to Germany.