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German Car Day 2011 Part 1

July 6 2011 at 11:15 AM
Dino944  (Login Dino944)
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Hi Guys,

I hope that some of you have been able to enjoy some entertaining car events this season. I recently attended German Car Day with my wife and some friends. It was a perfect day for a car event. I hope you enjoy the photos.

Best regards,
Dino

Some classic VWs to start, Karman Ghia and an air cooled Bug [linked image]

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The oldest Audi I've seen in person at a show...
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This 1970's 100 reminds me of high school. I knew a guy that had one in 1989 (back when they were just called USED cars rather than "Pre-Owned."

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An interesting Audi Coupe I don't remember ever seeing in person. I like its wheels, they remind me of the Series 1 Lotus Esprit wheels.
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An Audi with a bit more HP than the other cars ...the stunning R8
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and its sun loving, topless sibling...
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an odd pair...
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The Opel was a cool car. For those that haven't seen, its funky retractable headlamps don't flip over like on a C4 Corvette, or go up and down like a Porsche 944 or 928...this car's heldlamps flip over sideways. I hope this photos captures it a bit. My Dad's friend had one of these in the 1970's but always dreamed about getting a Maserati Merak...although, I don't think he ever did.

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A few cars from Glas

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The "Pagoda roof" SL.

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This SL had a 3.5 engine crammed into its engine bay. Sorry the hood was closed the entire time so no engine photos.

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The owner has added a 3.5 badge to the dashboard.
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A lovely 280SE Cabriolet
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In the mid 1980's my Mom bought a "Baby Benz" 190E 2.3...but when this 16 valve version was released in the USA with all the ground effects and spoilers at 16valve motor, I really wanted my parents to trade their car in for one of these...they didn't.

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I was hoping to see a 300SL Gullwing at the event...but none appeared so I had to be content with this lovely SLS. I love the front and the sides, but I do find the back a tad stubby...while the original Gullwing of the 1950s still looks perfect to my eye. Still this is a lovely machine and had a crowd around it the entire time it was at the show.

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German Car Day 2011 Part 2

July 6 2011, 12:04 PM 

Here is Part 2.
Hope you enjoy the photos.
Best regards,
Dino

My favorite two BMW's were represented at the show...the M1 and the 3.0CS.
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I just love the shape of the 3.0CS (CSi/CSL). These are tough to own in the North East. They are rumoured to rust just from owners thinking about rust. Still, this makes it onto my short list of cars I've love to add to my garage some day.

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Its 4 door Bavaria sibling...with cheesey aftermarket wheels.

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The Z8
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A Euro 628CSi convertible. This 1982 model seemed to be some kind of "Franken-car" with a chopped top, and interior that appeared to be from a later car.

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The new 330HP Cayman R. I couldn't live with this Peridot color. The owner was called original Gatorade Green.
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Some 914 Love.
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This was a super clean really sharp early Speedster. I've seen this car at other shows and its always a pleasure to see it.

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The original jelly bean. I can't look at an early 928 without picturing the car going into the water in the movie Riskey Business. Then there is the famous line at the dealership, "Alright, so who's the U boat Commander?"
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A GT2RS. Cool car but I'm not sure I like the carbon fiber hood.
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This car was a real beauty. A 1986 911 Turbo. The owner had owned several Porsches over the years. He had owned some modern ones too, such as a 996 Twin Turbo and a 997. He recently decided he wanted something that didn't feel like it could drive itself. He felt the current cars seem more like high speed luxury cars and missed the raw feel of the earlier cars. So he sold his 997 and got this beautiful 911 Turbo.

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I have to say, I'm not crazy about the "phone dial" wheels on the cream colored 911 next to the Turbo in the photo above. Those wheels look fine on a 928, 944, or 924S, but a 911 just looks like something is missing without the classic Fuchs wheels.


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