‘Get Them Dusty!’ That was the slogan behind an occasion held within the Steinbruch quarry close to Stuttgart a few weekends again. The promise of some superb basic, and some up to date automobiles in a very distinctive location meant I needed to go and examine ‘Dusty Rides’ out.
My journey began in Prague, very early within the morning. I had an enormous drive forward of me – 460km every manner – from the Czech Republic’s capital metropolis to southwest Germany, however I knew it will be price it. Felix Bauermeister and his HEIZR Club group all the time placed on nice occasions, and this one was billed as the most important of the 12 months.
The HEIZR Membership is closely concerned within the basic automotive scene round Stuttgart, however what they obtain resonates proper all through Germany. HEIZR’s mission is to deliver the enjoyment of automobiles to the youthful technology, however as Felix has all the time stated, it’s concerning the individuals first.
After 5 and half hours behind the wheel of my 94′ Mercedes W140 coupé, I discovered myself within the coolest site visitors jam I’ve ever been as I drove as much as the Dusty Rides venue entrance.
The gorgeous Porsche 944 in entrance of me and the 993 RS behind made me really feel a bit misplaced – I used to be in my every day driver in any case – however that thought diminished the moment I parked up. There was a lot to soak up and shoot.
Usually talking, after I attend occasions with related automobiles to those who have been on present at Dusty Rides, most of them are introduced in on trailers. This was utterly totally different; most automobiles arrived on the quarry having been pushed to the occasion. It was so refreshing to see.
After all, there are all the time exceptions to the rule, and if you’re speaking concerning the one and solely BMW X5 Le Mans Idea, it’s comprehensible. I’d beforehand solely ever seen images of this prototype, so seeing it in individual was a bit overwhelming.
As I made my manner across the quarry, nice compositions merely fell into my digicam’s viewfinder. The warms tones of the environment completely framed a number of the world’s most vital efficiency classics.
The factor that I love probably the most about HEIZR Membership gatherings is the standard of the automobiles and the those who deliver them out. Over the previous couple of years, it’s felt just like the scene has began to turn into divided into niches and intoxicated by the TikTok tradition of tasteless builds. There’s none of that right here.
Felix is connecting individuals round automobiles, and when visiting a HEIZR Membership occasion, you’ll be able to make certain that you’ll be welcomed in any basic automotive or construct that you just arrive with. At Dusty Rides, I witnessed Porsche homeowners joking with stance guys, purists mingling with modified BMW homeowners, and Mopar guys speaking about Japanese automobiles with curiosity. How nice is that?!
There have been no donuts or useless revving, and nobody drove like a madman to the occasion. I believe that everybody who attended was tuned to the identical notice of creating the automotive scene higher.
Throughout my lengthy drive house, I had loads of time to consider utilizing my W140 coupé extra typically, and in addition what I may personally do to steer my native automotive neighborhood in an analogous path to what Felix and the HEIZR Membership are reaching.
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