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Bruce Frey
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I had planned to go to the Technorama fair in Ulm this spring instead of Veterama, but some work issues made me change my plans. My wife usually accompanies me on these trips and we stay in Heidelberg because there is more for her to do there while I attend Veterama. Unfortunately, her return to Milano was delayed until next week by the volcano, so I found myself doing a solo trip to Veterama in Ludwigshafen. While Heidelberg is convenient, I decided to look for lodging a bit closer.

Using hotels.de, I discovered a hotel within walking distance of the Veterama site. If you have been to Ludwigshafen, you know it is really a big BASF chemical plant. The little hotel is actually owned by BASF and caters to people visiting their facility. Very clean, modern and nicer than most hotels in Mannheim! At €72/night with breakfast and free wireless, it is a real deal. If you ever go to Veterama in Ludwigshafen, I highly recommend the Business Hotel Rene Bohn! As you make the 12 minute walk to the Veterama site, you pass a wonderful Backerei with killer pastries…so go easy on breakfast at the hotel.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous both days! I drove up on Friday morning and was on site about 2PM. Driving through southern Germany in the spring is very pleasant. There are large fields yellow with rape seed flowers and workers harvesting white asparagus…a spring time specialty.

It seems that more and more vendors do not set up until very late on Friday, so Friday shopping was a bit limited. There were some empty vendor spaces and I think the April Veterama may be losing some momentum. This year there were fewer bikes for sale and fewer prewar BMW parts than I have seen before. I really would have liked to have tried Technorama.

Having said that, it was still a good time and I did find some shiny bits for my R90S, a few tools, some original literature (R5 Handbuch and Ersatzteilliste, not the R5/R6 version) that I had been looking for as well as a set of tires and a new battery. Hopefully the October Veterama will be better. By 11:30AM on Saturday I was on my way back to Milano to meet some friends for dinner! With a lot of construction on A5 in southern Germany and in Switzerland, I took full advantage of the open speed limit sections of the Autobahn!

You can see my pix here.
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Thanks, Bruce...I always

Thanks, Bruce...I always enjoy your reports and pictures of Veterama. I want to attend one of these and maybe this October, I have a reason to be in Germany. I want to follow up on the R25/2 I bought which was in police service in Montabaur. It appears that Mannheim is maybe 100 miles away. Plus I wanted to do some family research but that's further up north, near Braunschweig. I'll have to keep all this in mind and see if it works out. Maybe I can find some "bits" for my newest acquisition.

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Bruce Frey
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If you are coming to Veterama

If you are coming to Veterama in October, we definitely need to meet! It is funny two Texans meeting in Germany!

I am back in Houston in August so maybe we could arrange to meet in Schulenburg or Weimar. It would be good to stretch the legs of the R90S a bit.

Bruce

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I like it. Let me know and

I like it. Let me know and I'll try to get free. August will be kind of warm!!

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