spectators enjoyed that. We started to breathe again and slowly and very quietly drove back the pits, thankful that we could and that disaster had been averted. The ‘Ring was done for another year.
Day 3, Raining.
As two of our objectives had been completed, it was now time to find somewhere to chill for a few days. We quite liked the idea of dashing down to Bavaria for some mountainous views and beer kellers, and also in the hope that if we headed south we could find some nice weather. We tried to mix the types of roads we were using because motorways are great for doing distances, but you don’t really see anything. Our map showed the scenic routes too so we would do some quick miles on the motorways, and then do quiet country roads for a while.
During one of our motorway stints, we were somewhat confused by the sight of a Concorde flying very low in the distance. We had happened upon the Sinsheim Auto and Technik Museum. We got off the autobahn as quickly as possible and made our way there. The Museum is amazing. The Concorde we saw flying low is actually sitting on the roof of the Museum atop 3 giant steel pillars, behind a Tupolev 144 (the Concordski), along with around half a dozen other planes. By now it was 4pm and we realised that this place deserved a day of our time, so we found ourselves a box for the night.
Day 4, Raining.
We headed back to the Museum, and immediately realised we had made the right decision to give the place a day of our time. The museum is split into 2 halls.
The first hall contains an extensive collection of road cars, at the time concentrating on American cars 1950 and 60s and Mercedes-Benz, but with other items that alone would make most museums proud. The museum has an enormous collection of items, over 3000, not including loaned items, a fraction of which can be exhibited at one time, so it is rotated periodically.
There are some items on permanent display, like their Bugatti Royale, the steam trains that operate for the price of a Euro, and the extensive 2nd World war collection including practically every tank of the war, Junkers Ju-52 and 88, Heinkel He-111, a cut away Messerschmidt Me-109 and several other planes hanging from the ceiling, and every other item you could mention. There is also a Stuka in unrestored condition, that was found buried in a beach a few years ago and a remote control full size jet fighter operated by 4 cables.
We headed over to Hall 2. This hall concentrates on cars and motorcycles of significance or of racing fame, and for us was the main event. They have the largest collection of F1 cars in Europe ranging from a 6-wheel Tyrell to cars driven by M.Hakkinen and M.Schumacher. There is a collection of Mercedes 300 SLS, a Ferrari 250 GTO, F40 and F50 Lamborghini Miura and Countach, all surrounding The Blue Flame Land Speed Record Car. The far end of the hall contained cars from yesteryear including a collection of Bugattis including a type37, 57 and a beautiful type 35. They also have a car owned by a certain Mr A Hitler flanked by cars used by other leaders of the 3rd Reich such as Goering and Himmler.
Next we climbed up onto the roof where you are greeted by the underbelly of the Tupolev 144 and Concorde. There is a spiral staircase going up to each plane so you can go inside and have a walk around. The interior of both planes is surprisingly similar, being very small and not as luxurious as you