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Impressions Alps - 3 cheers for Austrians ;-)

Post by T-Modell » Mon 03 Sep, 2018 12:39 am

Hi down under,

we just came back from one week of holiday in Austria with the W111. Three days were very good weather, so we used the time for tours. It didn't start well on day 1:

We loaded the car on the train to get through a tunnel to then do the "Maltaalm" pass road:
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We continued, paid the toll and after a stop at a traffic light, I put the steering column automatic into 3 and started ... after that I could move the stick without any resistance. :banghead: ... so no reversing either. We could turn around and drive down the mountain again in 3rd gear. We rolled into Malta, saw a little workshop ... sorry, no lifts free. They recommended a VW-dealer in Gmuend ... no lifts available. They named a little free workshop outside of town ... and we found two fantastic guys there. After finishing another car, the W111 was on the lift after 30 minutes. The bush of the last rod wore off. They managed to make a provisional solution, so that the rod would not fall off the pin at the automatic, which is actually better than the original; out of an old piece of steel they bend a cover and screwed it in a way, that the rod was secured:
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After an hour it was finished and I asked what they want. He said "40 Euros", I couldn't believe it ... I gave them 60. So we chased the W111 back to the train station in a bit of an extreme way :whistle: ... and we were the last car to be transported back. :laughing6: :laughing6:

Next day we were more lucky; we actually made the Grossklockner Pass at 2,500 metres ... fantastic tour ... here some pics to enjoy:
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Last day, we drove the Nockalmstrasse ... again a superb tour:
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Thomas
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Re: Impressions Alps - 3 cheers for Austrians ;-)

Post by Michel » Mon 03 Sep, 2018 6:20 am

Great shots Thomas!

In relation to the repairs, it's nice to see there are decent people who don't 'rob' you because you drive a Mercedes!
Michel (in Sydney)

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Post by T-Modell » Mon 03 Sep, 2018 10:37 pm

Thanks Michel,

I was surprised too; when the guy said "40 Euros" and I looked puzzled and replied "that's not enough", he said "Shall I adapt my prices to the car value?" :laughing6: :laughing6:

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P. S.: Did you sell your 690SEL in the end?
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Post by Michel » Tue 04 Sep, 2018 6:17 am

T-Modell wrote:
Mon 03 Sep, 2018 10:37 pm
I was surprised too; when the guy said "40 Euros" and I looked puzzled and replied "that's not enough", he said "Shall I adapt my prices to the car value?" :laughing6: :laughing6:
Exactly my thoughts! :laughing6:
T-Modell wrote:
Mon 03 Sep, 2018 10:37 pm
P. S.: Did you sell your 690SEL in the end?
Not yet!
It is not your average 6.9, especially with the colour it is painted. It'll have its own buyer one day.
My problem is that I am forever travelling to trade fairs (Automechanika Frankfurt next week)...
So i'll pull it off the market until I return.
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Post by T-Modell » Tue 04 Sep, 2018 4:28 pm

Michel wrote:
Tue 04 Sep, 2018 6:17 am
...My problem is that I am forever travelling to trade fairs (Automechanika Frankfurt next week)...
Well, then we're very close next week ... I have a one day meeting at Frankfurt Airport on Thursday ... :laughing6:
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Post by T-Modell » Wed 05 Sep, 2018 12:13 am

Here two more pics from the Grossklockner Pass:

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Post by Michel » Wed 05 Sep, 2018 11:39 am

Where you driving with the top down in those freezing conditions? :drool:
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Post by T-Modell » Wed 05 Sep, 2018 2:44 pm

Michel wrote:
Wed 05 Sep, 2018 11:39 am
Where you driving with the top down in those freezing conditions? :drool:
Real men don't feel the cold and die without seatbelts :laughing6: :laughing6: ... of course! The sun was shining and my wife and I have some really good jackets, light and wind-proof.

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Post by Michel » Wed 05 Sep, 2018 5:35 pm

T-Modell wrote:
Wed 05 Sep, 2018 2:44 pm
Michel wrote:
Wed 05 Sep, 2018 11:39 am
Where you driving with the top down in those freezing conditions? :drool:
Real men don't feel the cold and die without seatbelts :laughing6: :laughing6: ... of course! The sun was shining and my wife and I have some really good jackets, light and wind-proof.

Regards
Thomas
:toothy4:
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Post by CraigB » Wed 05 Sep, 2018 7:37 pm

I should search for photos but many years ago I did 'Rallye des Neige' for vintage cars in Switzerland - almost all of them with top down.... seemed nuts but lots of fun.
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Post by T-Modell » Wed 05 Sep, 2018 7:42 pm

CraigB wrote:
Wed 05 Sep, 2018 7:37 pm
.... seemed nuts but lots of fun.
General rule of mine: if life is nuts, it's mostly fun :laughing6: :laughing6:
Thomas, who decided to be reasonable and mature in his next life
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Post by aleks001 » Thu 20 Sep, 2018 2:09 pm

Sooo beautiful. This is what I miss about europe the most. It's actually nice to drive in europe. Australia is like 'straight, straight, more straight, then some buildings, then dirt, then straight, some more straight driving then some ugly bushes and I'm so bored I'm not going to even finish this sentence :P

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Post by Pete49 » Fri 21 Sep, 2018 2:05 pm

Beauty is in the eye of the holder. I find nothing ugly about Australia's scenery. From snowy mountains to arid desert and everything in between. What more can a person want?
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Post by T-Modell » Fri 21 Sep, 2018 6:55 pm

Hi,
That's funny :laughing6: ... There are nice roads in Australia I drove, e.g. Yarra valley or towards Margaret River ... But I agree, driving from Melbourne to Sydney along the coast was really boring...

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1986 R107 500SL, arctic white, the midlife crisis viagra replacement
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Post by Panzerwagen » Fri 21 Sep, 2018 8:53 pm

Beautiful photos Thomas, thank you very much for sharing.

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Post by CraigB » Sat 22 Sep, 2018 6:11 pm

The earlier comment reminded me of many years ago driving through the Eifel in Germany looking at a friends vintage collection - distributed in a few different sheds in different locations. I was admiring and commented on how different it was and unlike Australia (where he had been many times). His response - no its not, when i went to your alpine country I was commenting on how similar it was to here. At that stage, truth be known, I hadn't been to our alpine region!

Another memory it triggered was when my former boss from the UK visited me and just happened to be when i was heading up north (in SA) to do some work for a week (as an ecologist). At first he was laughing about how long we could drive in a straight line and not even a 'hamlet' as he was expecting every time we went over a rise. By the end of the week he was marveling over the complexity and diversity of our flora, colours, textures etc etc - it is very diverse due to the harsh conditions that it has evolved to and at any time only a fraction of the species are visible with the rest waiting as seed for the right sequence of environmental conditions to trigger them to grow and reproduce , producing flower colour and shapes to attract the specific pollinators that presence is also triggered by those same environmental conditions. Its not just any rain, it is the temp when it rains, how many days, how intense etc and your suite of species at any one place can be quite different at any time depending on that. And if some of those ugly bushes are bluebush (grown commercially across the world for the cut flower trade), you are looking at a species that has a half life of some 250 years (ie. if you looked at the same population you see now in 250 years half of them would still be alive - we haven't been counting for 250 years but there are methods to calculate this from long term studies). They only flower and recruit on something like a 10 year cycle. So yet another interesting contrast for me - those that endure the drought and live remarkably long lives and those that get it all done in weeks and hang around as seed.

Sometimes you need to stop and 'smell the roses' to appreciate things or your just missing out. So I totally agree with the beauty of Europe and only make these comments that if you look for it you might find beauty in your new home too - but Its all up to you though!

You will note Pete's location is Pt. Augusta and in the arid region of Australia that i am talking about. That is the location of the arid lands botanic gardens, where with watering they can manipulate the flora to flower - spectacular sight if ever your passing.

Although, last minute supportive thought...... I worked in UK in 2000/1 and travelled to Europe a lot too in that time and I enjoyed every moment. I had to make a choice to come back or stay and it was a hard decision. I came back and for some weeks i really did think I made the wrong decisions and it wasn't quite as I remembered and all the things i missed were bouncing around in my head. My boss sent me up to Roxby to re-monitor some vegetation sites that I had set up many years before in a big experiment called the 'arid recovery area'. I enjoyed driving through the country but as you get towards Roxby there are deep red sand dunes with green of native pine, contrasting pale saltbush and tussock grasses and at the time smatterings of white and yellow of poached egg daisies. I had to stop the car and walk the dunes, patterns of the wind, trails of birds, lizards, snakes, hopping mice etc etc. and that was my turning point for how it made me feel and that i couldn't enjoy that elsewhere and knew i was 'home'. A week of all the different ecosystems up there and i was cured! So I guess that might be what you are saying in the same way you miss that.... but still I reckon you should do a bit of alpine Australia driving at the right time of year.
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Post by aleks001 » Sun 23 Sep, 2018 4:38 pm

Of course there are beautiful places to drive in Australia, but you really need to go out of your way to see them. Where in Europe it's just interesting to drive almost everywhere. Any of you that have gone anywhere in land will know how bad the driving is, the boredom alone can kill you hahah Brisbane to Sydney or Melbourne for that matter is about as interesting as peeling potatoes. Also CraigB what a ecologist sees and what a regular person sees are two different things. There is beauty in everything if you know what to look for, but you have to remember us regular non-science guys just see rocks as rocks, even though there is god knows how many different types of rocks out there lol

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Post by CraigB » Sun 23 Sep, 2018 8:14 pm

Yes I understand - but if ever we have the chance would love to show you what i see.
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Post by aleks001 » Mon 24 Sep, 2018 10:36 am

CraigB wrote:
Sun 23 Sep, 2018 8:14 pm
Yes I understand - but if ever we have the chance would love to show you what i see.
I'm always interested in learning something new :)

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