From Beijing to Paris - via Stendal

From Beijing to Paris - via Stendal

Even if he leaves his private classic car (IFA F8, Bj. 1953) at home, Hans-Jürgen Schäfer goes on a classic car adventure trip in Russia. Photo: Schäfer

Stendal l The first stage of his adventure is tackled by Hans-Jürgen Schäfer on a plane. On Wednesday he flies to Novosibirsk, where he meets a friend and his family.

The friendship with the classic car fans in Novosibirsk has existed for a good eight years. It started with a first contact in the search for spare parts via Ebay. This has resulted in mutual visits and regular phone calls. Also because the friend's wife and daughter wanted and want to learn German.

Four years ago, Hans-Jürgen Schäfer received email information that the Oldtimerclub Barnaul / Novosibirsk should help plan the Beijing-Paris rally. “It is a memory rally that commemorates the first tour in 1907 and was revived in 1997. But the route should always be different, ”says the Burgstaller. It is taking place for the seventh time this year.

Stendal (ta) l The first classic and classic car meeting took place in Stendal at the Stendal-Borstel airfield. A prominent star guest was TV scrap dealer Peter Ludolf.

He will take part in the rally in Russia, as his Russian classic car friends were able to name ten vehicles between the Mongolian border and St. Petersburg as thanks and reward for their cooperation in route planning and the organization of a supporting program, for translation work and help with repairs Accompany rally participants. They do not count because they do not travel the entire route.

On June 8, the ten cars set off in Barnaul and Novosibirsk. Hans-Jürgen Schäfer takes a friend's seat in a Volga Type 2410, built in 1989, and will take turns driving with him. Incidentally, the Volga would be too young for the classification, because the rally cars must have been manufactured before 1976.

“At the Mongolian border, we join the rally team and drive over the Altai Mountains to Novosibirsk. We will spend two nights in camps in the Altai, ”says the Burgstaller. We continue to the Kazakh steppe and then across Russia with daily stages of 450 to 700 kilometers.

The rally will arrive in St. Petersburg on June 27. Hans-Jürgen Schäfer has already reserved a return flight ticket for June 29, but he spontaneously decides whether to board the plane. "Maybe I will take the tour with me to Stendal, because some Russians will also travel to Paris."

It is thanks to Hans-Jürgen Schäfer that the route leads via Stendal shortly before the end. He suggested that the organizers make this detour through the Altmark so that the 120 participants on the stage from Stettin, Poland to the Autostadt in Wolfsburg on July 4th not only drive over the motorway, but through beautiful landscapes. Schäfer: "It will be the first time that the Beijing-Paris rally crosses East Germany."

Last year he met with the organizers in Tangermünde. They originally wanted to drive over the A 2 and complete a speed test in Oschersleben - now Stendal can enjoy it on July 4th. The first vehicle ahead is expected at 12.30 p.m. at the Borsteler airfield, the first classic car at 1 p.m. coming from Tangermünde via the B 189.

The speed test begins half an hour later. The last classic car leaves the airport at 4.15 p.m. You drive over Osterburger Straße and on to Uenglingen.

& nbsp; "We will be on site with several classic car clubs and receive the vehicles," announced Schäfer. Also included are the Nordwall Classic Garage Stendal and the Tangerhütter Oldtimer Club, of which Burgstaller is a member. Other classic car owners are welcome to join.

The rally ends in Paris on July 7th. Behind the participants are around 13 840 kilometers, covered on the road and in uneven terrain, even smaller waterways have to be crossed - an adventure tour.

Even if the participation per vehicle, occupied by two people, costs around 52,000 euros plus shipping and fuel costs, the 120 places were already fully booked two years ago. Schäfer: "The rush is always very big."