One taketh a century old hotel run by a
friendly MG Y-owning couple and add several likeminded Y-owners. Feed them
well, being careful that they don’t dry out, preferably using good quality wine
and beer. Let this mixture loose on rural roads, that can only be found with
local knowledge and the result is a brilliant not to be missed gathering.
On 20-21-22 June above ingredients were skilfully
mixed by Kalle Borchers and Manfred Noll for their MG Y-Sommertreff 2008 in Remscheid, Germany,
situated in the scenic Bergische Land.
Friday night was used to get to know each other
better. The Germans call this “Benzingespräch”, best translated with “petrol
talk”. YT adepts will be pleased to know that for ones, with an amazing three
YT’s, they were in the majority. The other types were evenly spread with two YBs
and two YAs.
On Saturday the 90 mile rally took us through
beautiful scenery on above mentioned rural roads. That these roads are not
without danger was proven by the fact that we were stopped by three marauding
knights. They forced us to do a tilting competition, letting the navigator lean
out of the Y. It goes without saying that the YT owners had an unfair advantage
but the saloon-owners’ entirely justified protests were stilled with an
ironclad knights’ hand. Much heads were scratched in the
Y-parts-identifying-competition run by Kalle, dressed as a Bobby…. At the
rally’s finish we were greeted by guides dressed in the style of the Middle
Ages for a tour on foot of the “Lenneper Altstadt”.
Saturday night was spent well with wholesome
German food with complimentary wine and beer. Even with (or because of?) the
Dutch football team messing up against Russia, spirits were high.
The prizes given were especially worthy of mentioning
because, instead of the usual “tasteful” metalwork, the trophies consisted of a
base in the form of an MG Maestro hubcap (a circle with four evenly spaced
octagons on the edge) on which a piece of original “Bergisches” rock was
attached. Very labour intensive indeed!
On Sunday several attendants joined to visit a castle before returning home.
All in all a brilliant Y-exclusive gathering for
which Kalle and Manfred cannot be thanked enough. Those who wanted to go but
couldn’t, really missed something. Let’s hope that a 2009 or 2010 edition
follows and that even more Dutch, Belgian and maybe even British join this band
of German Ynthusiasts!
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