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European Tour

Two Postwar Eights on a European Tour

The Standards rest alongside The River Rhine in Germany

Four Swiss members decided on an eight day tour of Germany, France Luxemburg and Switzerland this summer. Here is their Story:

Standard Trip, Black Forest, Vosges, Luxemburg, Mosel, Rhine and Odenwald

Saturday, July 12 until Saturday, July 19, 2008

Heidi and myself decided to make a eight day trip with our Flying 8 DHC. Barbara and Franz joined us in their Flying 8 Tourer.

We left home at 6.30 in the morning. It was a dull, rainy day, but soon the sky cleared up, when we met Franz and Barbara at the German border in Waldshut. We climbed up the hills of the Black Forest. 20 km later Franz’s car the car didn’t work anymore. I searched for more than a hour just to find out, that the condenser in the distributor wasn’t working anymore. So I changed it and everything was ok. We drove along the Schluchsee and Titisee to have a drink in the restaurant "Heaven". Afterwards we went down to Freiburg, over the Rhine to Colmar and through the Alsace for lunch. In the afternoon we climbed up the Col du Bonhomme to carry straight on towards Nancy where we stayed overnight at the IBIS Hotel. Later in the afternoon we took the sensational tramway, which runs on rails and as a trolleybus, into the beautiful town of Nancy.

The next day, Saturday, was a short drive from Nancy to Luxemburg. We had our hotel near the main railway station and spent the afternoon and the evening in the centre of Luxemburg which is well worth visiting.

Monday morning we left Luxemburg to drive down to Remich, on the Luxemburg border of the Mosel. We followed all the way along the river with its huge vineyards and stayed overnight in a Mosel wine hotel in Bruttig, a nice old town. We had luck and bad luck, as in front of the Hotel was a wine fair, so until 3 o’clock in the morning there was music and dance which gave us in the end only a few hours sleep.

Tuesday, we continued along the Mosel until the river joins the Rhine in Koblenz. We drove up the road along the Rhine, again huge vineyards on both sides, passed the famous Loreley and stayed overnight again in a wine hotel in the old town of Bacharach. This time it was a quiet hotel.

Wednesday, we were still driving along the Rhine, bypassing Bingen and Mainz to continue up to Nierstein, also famous for its wine. We took a little ferry which brought us over the Rhine and continued into the Odenwald, with a constant up and down through beautiful forests and a lot of good restaurants, worth while for a glass of wine and good food. We stopped in Michelstadt, a traffic free old town, to stay overnight in a old, beautiful hotel. With our old cars, we were allowed to drive into the town. After a nice dinner and a few glasses of vine we spent a quiet night.

Thursday, a short drive of only 75 km to Speyer, near the Hockenheim Ring, where on Sunday the Formula 1 race took place. The museum of Speyer, sister museum of the technical museum Sinsheim has a wide selection of old cars, airplanes, submarine and big organs. The newest acquisition is a Russian space ship. We stayed at the museum hotel and visited in the evening the old town of Speyer, well known for its cathedral.

Friday we drove slowly towards Switzerland and stayed another night in the Black Forest in Enzklösterle, a nice Black Forest holiday resort.

Saturday, the last day of our trip continued through the Black Forest towards Schaffhausen in Switzerland. 15 km before the Swiss border my Standard didn’t work anymore. As I could not find out in short time what it was and as we were near home, I phoned my son who picked us up with my trailer.

But in all, it was a beautiful, unforgettable week and we were lucky with the weather. We covered in these 8 days 1’550 km (975 miles)

Werner Maurer, Switzerland

Heidi takes a break

I suspect these are vineyards along the Mosel

Well done Werner, Heidi, Franz and Barbara,

Judging by the photos, you had much better weather than Lynda and I! I hope there was nothing too much wrong with your car and that it is fixed now. Coming home on a trailer, well, whatever next!

Kind regards,


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