The Participants:- John & Margaret Powell, Chris and Pauline Wakeham, Margaret and Elwyn Thomas. All members of Area 9 Panther Car Club South Wales.
Day 1 The Journey
Elwyn and Margaret depart Aberaeron to pick up John and Margaret @ 7am Tuesday 5th April 2016. We will meet with Chris and Pauline at the station.
The train departs from Cardiff Central at 11.25am so not too much time to lose.
Beer and wine served from the ‘free bar’ and a picnic meal provided by Pauline.
Arrived London Paddington 2 hours later. Taxi to St Pancas £11.20 for 6, cheaper than Tube.
Another coffee break at St Pancras
Eurostar is comfortable and quick 296kph at some stage.
Changed trains to DB ICE at Brussels with another change at Cologne. Arrived Essen HBF at 10.00pm. Immediately found a six seat Taxi and arrived at Hotel Bredeney 10 minutes later. A quickish drink at the bar and then to bed.
Breakfast at the hotel before leaving for Villa Hugel the family home of the Krupp Dynasty.
Some of the maintenance machinery- included for ET!
Coffee at the Restaurant Hugoloss then a gentle stroll along the Baldeneysee shore before a splendid lunch at Suedtiroler-stuben restaurant.
John’s lunch, ham hock, dumplings and sauerkraut, Margaret P had turkey salad followed by cheesecake, Pauleen had baked potato salad and the three others omelette and salad. All washed down with a small quantity of German ale.
The evening was arranged by the Essen Panther Stand team at the Zur Wolsbachquelle Restaurant. Originally due to travel by bus this was soon changed to taxis because of the heavy rain. Another super evening with good food, drink and excellent company. Arriving back at the hotel at around 11.30 for most it was time for bed with another busy day tomorrow at the show.
Early start today it’s showtime. Taxi to Essen Messe was slow due to heavy traffic. On arrival at Messe West we decided to proceed to the Panther Stand in Hall 9.1 to give us a reference point and allowing us to split up and do our own thing.
The stand theme and layout is Panthers Snow Challenge. It is based on our French Panther members winter run. Only for the brave or foolish!
The second car on the stand was an ex-UK DeVille in splendid condition.
This is easily the biggest classic car show in Europe. The major German manufacturers have supported well, Mercedes had a huge presence, also BMW and Audi. It is well worth a visit, it is a completely different show to the NEC show in November. Panther Car Club have exhibited there for the past eight years in support of our European members.
After a long day at the show it was time again for food and drink! This evening it was the brewery, beer garden and restaurant ‘Dampfe’ which is ‘steam’ in German. This being our final night in Germany we were again invited to join the Panther team for another memorable evening.
Juat two of the dishes served
Thanks to Val, Ray, Geli, Roland and Norbert for such a warm welcome and for sharing the fantastic German hospitality with us.
Day 4 The return journey.
Uneventful trip in reverse of the ‘out’ journey. The actual journey time is some 7 hours but the total time is around 11 to include train changes during scheduled transfers. No ‘free bar and picnic’ but lots of catnaps!
Until our next adventure……….
Chris, Pauline, John, Margaret, Elwyn and Margaret signing off.