What? You thought this was supposed to be a Blog about England and Jaguars? Well mostly, but not all. As luck would have it, a.) I also own an Austin Healey, b.) my Healey friends are avid tourers, and c.) the 5th European Healey Meet is being held in the Black Forest, Germany in June, 2018. So I am interrupting my stay in the UK for about a month to tour Europe with my 23 BFF’s in eleven Healeys and one MGA. Here’s the story.
To begin at the beginning, this won’t be the first overseas trip for our Healey Group. In 2013, seven cars and couples traveled to Crieff, Scotland for the last European Healey Meet. We spent three weeks touring from London to the northern tip of Scotland. Then in 2015, we shipped six cars and eight couples to New Zealand for a 2400 mile tour and meet up with the New Zealand Healey Club. So we are not new to international touring in our Healeys.
This year’s trip of course was inspired by our desire to attend the 5th European Healey Meet. While technically this is a European event, there are dozens of cars that attend from the US, UK, New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere around the globe. We expect around 300 cars to attend the event which includes rallies, a Concours, a day at a race track and much more. But before that, we have a lot to see and do.
Our starting point is Amsterdam, firstly because it has a good port for our cars, but most importantly because the International Healey Museum is located nearby. The museum is a must see for Healey fans everywhere. From Amsterdam we will head south through Belgium and into the French champagne country, then west to Trier, Germany. From Trier we will travel along the Mosel and Rhine rivers to Assmannshausen where we will spend a couple of nights.
After leaving the Rhine, we’ll travel the scenic Neckar River Valley and eventually reach Rust, Germany in the Black Forest where the Meet will be held. We’ve pretty much taken over a typical German hotel a few miles from the Meet. A short video on the Meet can be found at: https://youtu.be/ZSV4tuy1wKg.
Following the Meet we head further south into Austria, across Switzerland and back into France around Lyon. After a couple days stay in the Loire Valley, we head back north through Normandy and Brittany, then up along coastal Belgium and finally back to Amsterdam. In all we’ll travel about 2600 miles over 23 days. I will keep you posted via the Blog all along the way.