As most have read by now; 18 of us visited (and drove) Spa and the Nürburgring last weekend, drove some attractive roads in between and had some beers at night. We had a blast and will do it again. As the memories are still fresh: what went well, what didn’t and what can be done differently? I’ll start.
But first I’d like to note that we should always welcome new blood, including that from the other side of the big pond.
I’ve started this piece as a discussion piece only. I’m looking for general suggestions and opinions, not detailed worked out plans or anything like that. Although if you’ve got something very concrete to contribute, feel free.
I’ll list a few things I liked and what I feel needs improvement. Note that this is not meant as criticism in any way. Opinions my vary and this was a first time anyway so you can’t expect perfection. These are merely my opinions.
- The routes we drove
- The destinations
- Having a ‘living room’ large enough to house everyone for a few beers at night
- The variation in beers
- Navigating the route. A long row of 18 cars doesn’t quite work.
- Housing; the cabin was passable, the trailers without running water (and thus toilets) less so. It was probably a bit too cold outside to camp.
I apologize in advance for spamming the Carbagerun again, but it is slightly similar and has some very good and some rather poor qualities. I’ll try to combine those experiences.
My suggestion for the Europpomeet 2018. Note that when I mention a ‘route’, I’m talking about some interesting route. No highways or anything boring like that.
- start: late lunch at some kind of interesting landmark that’s not overly boring to wait at. A printed out (or digital) pre-prepared route is handed out to those that show up. This route will be primarily over secondary roads. Length of the trip: 3-4 hours
Those that came from far can skip step #1 and go to #2 directly.
- Early evening: arrival at sleeping location. Install your stuff, shop for breakfast and other supplies (optional), get a meal, socialize, sleep.
- Breakfast. Routes are handed during breakfast. Some kind of competitive (street-legal) element might be introduced for the route. 2-3 hour drive, depending on the time required for the afternoon activity.
- Afternoon activity. A track, a museum, you name it. Followed by lunch during which new routes are handed out.
- 2-3 hour drive, depending on the length of the afternoon activity.
- Arrival at sleeping location. Install your stuff, shop for breakfast and other supplies (optional), get a meal, socialize, sleep.
- Breakfast. Routes are handed during breakfast. 2 hour drive, depending on the time required for the afternoon activity.
- Brief afternoon activity followed by long lunch.
- Drive home.
I named Day x, Day x because the day can be repeated if we wish to spend more days.
It’s quite similar to what we already did but with, in my opinion, slight improvements. There’s no long row of cars following and losing each other but you do meet up multiple times a day. Downside is that it needs to be prepared in advance.
I mentioned a possible competitive element. Maybe finding certain checkpoints (photograph your car with X in the background), can you find Y, buy the most tasty Z (beer, sausage, cake, whatever), photograph the prettiest female (or male, whatever you prefer) non-oppo member inside your car, mini scrapheap challenge, whatever. We can vote who won at night or during the last day.
An option is to work with teams, like 2 people per car; driver and navigator. If we stay more than 1 night at one place this shouldn’t be a problem.
I would suggest April over March, simply due the weather (temperature).
So, what do you think?