The holiday was a real experience, quite challenging at times and great fun. We did 1,700 miles over two weeks (which is about as much as you'd want to do in a little car with limited suspension and no climate control!). The car behaved herself beautifully and received lots of compliments and interest whenever we parked her up. Mark was a very proud 'car parent'!!!!
Anyway, here are a few photos from the first phase of the trip. On Day 1 we drove from Worcester to Harwich. It's not a good journey, with lots of busy motorways AND the dreaded A14, so we gave ourselves plenty of time. We arrived in Harwich with plenty of time to wander around and have a relaxed evening meal before we had to book in at the port.
Here's Mark, enjoying his first ice-cream of the holiday and watching the world go by in Harwich...
Not long after our ferry went by - because the docks are further up river than the town...
I was delighted with our cabin and almost too excited to sleep...
There was plenty of space....
On Day 2 we drove round Rotterdam in the rush hour. There's no SatNav in the car so I was navigating and the whole experience was pretty scary! I was very relieved when we reached quieter roads and started the haul across Holland and down into Germany. It took just over 4 hours of steady driving to get to the Nurburgring.
We 'splashed out' for this part of the holiday and had booked ourselves into the hotel which is right by the circuit. It was great to be able to pop the car into the hotel garage, take up our room, then get straight out into the event with minimal effort. The first day of the 'Oldtimer Grand Prix' (the Ring's classic car event) was in full swing.
Here's Mark - posing with Fangio - at the front of the hotel!
The hotel from the stands on the north side of the circuit..
...and cars and people everywhere.
We absolutely loved the event. We walked for miles round the circuit, selecting our favourite corners to watch the different groups of cars compete. We ate dinner in the restaurant of the hotel on the Saturday evening then went back out onto the circuit to watch some beautiful 1960s cars racing into the dusk.
It was a perfect weekend for a couple of 'petrol heads' like us and a fabulous way to start the holiday. I took this picture of Mark and the car on the morning that we left.
Mark has taken an A4 copy of it into the office this week to remind himself of the reason for working!!!