Haubentauchen Gifhorn August 2010

Haubentauchen (hood diving; but the word is derived from the German name of the podiceps christatus or great crested grebe, if that helps) is a very informal monthly meeting of old cars in Gifhorn, which is quite close to Braunschweig, where I live. So with nothing better to do on a Sunday, I pointed the BX north and met …

Detroit rolling iron in L and in XXXL.

Detroit rolling iron in L and in XXXL.

… cars like these. Let’s just say that the BX was most decidedly the least American car there.

One American, and one American by style.

One American, and one American by style.

Most impressive to me was this perfectly restored Ford 17m RS coupé from the P7a range.

Look, they fit the rain gutters underneath the windows.

Look, they fit the rain gutters underneath the windows.

But the little French plastic car was not alone! Balsi happened to be in the area, so he dropped by too, for our BXes to keep each other company among all that Detroit (and Rüsselsheim) rolling iron. And of course, we had to show off a little:

Real cars don't need no stinkin' airride.

Real cars don't need no stinkin' airride.

Interestingly, not only do both our BXes share the same paint code (ETB, “gris dolmen” … hmm, the dolmen I once visited was definitely not metallic grey), but they’re also only fifty-five days apart (mine being older). Other differences include some minor features missing from either car … mine for instance lacks a gear, a clutch pedal, and part of the roof, whereas Balsi’s is 300 ccm and 32 hp short of the full set, doesn’t have fog headlights nor a front spoiler, and also seems to have missed 38,000 kilometres. We test drove each other’s cars, and I think we’re both happier with ours than we would have been with the respective other one.

All in all, it was a nice afternoon despite the awful weather. I’ll certainly go to Gifhorn again next month — hopefully in better weather, which would mean more old cars to gawk at, too. Reportedly there were 56 cars there in July … this month, there were less than ten.

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