We’re just back from a ten day tour around the Black Forest with members of the NW region of the
Mercedes-Benz Club. Superbly organised by Mike Powell it involved 27 people, 13 cars, five countries, three hotels and two ferry crossings. From our base in a picture-postcard chalet hotel in the heart of the forest we visited the Schlumpf Museum in Mulhouse, France, the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart and had a private tour of the Mercedes Classic Centre in Fellbach. Ann and I also managed to fit in visits to the Lalique glass museum, the French National Railway Museum and a day trip to Lake Constance.
At the outward stopover hotel in Luxembourg we met, quite by chance, a group of local members of the Mercedes W124 Club who were breakfasting at our hotel prior to a day driving trip. Much information was exchanged and we may be seeing them again.
We took our 1993 320CE cabriolet, which we have owned for 13 years and the odometer of which incidentally clicked over 150,000 miles on the way to the ferry at Hull. Needless to say it despatched the 1600 mile round trip
without a care, much of it top-down, and reinforced what fabulous mile-eaters these classic Mercedes are. Other cars ranged in age from a 1967 250SL to a current model E220CDi, and included no fewer than six R129 SLs and two R107 SLs. All performed the trip without fault.
Pictures by kind permission of Alan Cross