On the 28 th September 2002, I attended an "M" meeting in Heidelberg Germany. Goal of the trip was to meet other "M" fanatics with one other thing in common; all are www.carpassion.com forum members.
The weather was perfect so I started off my journey at 08:30AM. I had not paid that much attention as to how long the trip would take so I started very slow by cruising at around 87 mph on the Autobahn keeping in mind to warm up the engine.
After about half an hour into the trip I thought I'd check my NAV to see were I was going and noticed that my arrival time calculated a time that would have meant that I would be 45 min to late!
So I had to do something about that! I floored it and was finally on my way, the way the M3 and German autobahn was meant to be used ;-D
So, who attended the "M" meet?
Our meeting place was a small parking spot beside the main road between Neckargemuend and Ziegelhausen just outside Heidelberg.
- Schranzer78 - M3 E46 - with girlfriend
- Mag - M3 E46
- Schlattau - M3 E46 Cabrio - with wife
- NoLimitDriver - M3 E46
- Eltoro - M3 E46
- staen - Z3 M Coupe - with Tina alias Krokochen
- MaPower - M3 E 46
- Danny - M3 E36 SMG
- F360Spider - M3 E46
- M3Hub - M3 E46
- Kenzo - M3 E36 3.0
- Headroom42- M3 E46 - with girlfriend
- millm3 - M3 E36
- Isch - Porsche 911 Turbo... cough cough ;-)
- and ///yours truly - M3 E46 SMG II
The estimated tour length was thought to be 180 miles (288 km) so everyone made sure to tank up including me :-D
Walter alias "Eltoro" in his nice M3 patiently waiting for the rest of us to finally let him fill up his baby :-)
Waiting for Walter to finish business and then get on our way. The lead driver was getting somewhat impatient ;-)
Yep, your seeing right. Head of the pack was a Porsche 911 Turbo. The guy in the lead car probably thought he needed something good under his butt to keep off the pack of M's :-D
We are not talking about a grannies picnic ride here folks! :-D
Here I made some pictures while the pace slowed down a bit.
A convoy of some of the M's driving thru the Germany villages.
Yes, those dreaded construction traffic lights took so LOOOONG. You had to prey the others ahead would wait for the pack in the back.
After Staen and myself got cut off again we decided to do our own little tour. We had a blast :-)
Before joining the others at the restaurant we looked for a higher spot and made some shots late in the evening. Below lies Heidelberg.
Some stats from the trip:
Length: 431 miles (690 km) whereas 175 miles (280 km) were done on the tour.
Trip home from Heidelberg: 147 miles (236 km) at an average speed of 97 mph (155 km/h). Most of the time I was cruising at 150 mph (240 km/h). Consumption was 15.9 miles per gallon (14,9 L/100km). Not bad for a 343 hp sports car :-)
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