Two-wheeled vintage car

Punctually at 10 a.m. on Saturday, almost 70 friends of old machines set off from the monastery grounds in Fürstenfeldbruck on a classic motorcycle tour to the Dachau region. The sun was shining at the start, but it was quite cold when the engines roared and the riders set off in groups. “Even if the weather isn’t ideal, a biker always has the right clothes,” said the driver of an NSU machine. After returning, he was only annoyed by the patchy rain, “because you can see less there and therefore have to drive very carefully and hard.”

Fürstenfeldbruck: Werner Röhrner is the organizer of the Classic Motorbike Tour.

Werner Röhrner is the organizer of the Classic Motorbike Tour.

(Photo: Günther Reger)

Only motorized two-wheelers built before 1939 were allowed to take part in the cross-country trip, which motorbike fan Werner Röhrner from Fürstenfeldbruck had organized for the fourth time. On the green forecourt of the former monastery church there were only vintage cars that swept through the mostly bumpy streets before or after the First World War. The oldest model was a 1917 Clyno Russia made in England with ten horsepower, driven by a Penzberger. In a conversation, obviously between “experts”, one of the many visitors explained: “When you consider that the history of the motorcycle only began in 1885 with Daimler’s Reitwagen, a wooden two-wheeler with a motor, support wheels and a saddle-like seat, one can Based on this and other miracles of mobile technology present here, you can guess the rapid development, which certainly has to do with the demand for a mobile vehicle.”

Lots of rarities to see

The oldest participant came from England, near London. As in the previous year, he had taken part in a tour of Thuringia with his old NSU, built in 1931, and added the Classic Tour to it. Most participants came from Germany, some from Austria, Switzerland and Italy – only a few from the region. Some vehicles were heavy, such as a “Nimbus” weighing 185 kilograms. Also on display were rarities from the brands “Ardie” and AJS, which stands for the designer Albert John Stevens from England. Classic car friends who had traveled from far away usually had their machines in trailers with them. “My old Triumph machine is in good shape, but I didn’t want to put it through the journey over the Alps,” said an Austrian while stroking the motorcycle’s tank.

Fürstenfeldbruck: There is also a dog: dachshund Seppl in the sidecar.

There’s also a dog: dachshund Seppl in the sidecar.

(Photo: Günther Reger)

One of the most powerful vintage cars was a “Tornax” with 22 hp from 1929, built in Wuppertal. When asked whether spare parts could still be found at all, the man from Unterschleißheim waved him off. “I’m a metal trade, I can remake broken parts myself, and I’m doing pretty well,” he said. Drivers of the early BMW or NSU brands have fewer problems getting spare parts, since there are still quite a few and the owners are well networked with each other. Some motorcycles had a sidecar. A dog was even allowed to ride in one.

After the helpers around organizer Röhrner had explained the route and the marking of the route, Christopher Paul sent “groups of five” a few minutes apart, which then drove towards Biburg and Schöngeising. From there the route ran via Maisach to Palsweis in the district of Dachau and on to Markt Indersdorf and Altomünster, where a rest stop was planned in a restaurant. Being able to warm up in between was “very welcome” to a vintage car driver. Then it was back to the monastery via Adelzhausen, Egenhofen and Mammendorf. According to Röhrner, a “workshop car” drove “just in case”, which, however, hardly had anything to do. In front of the baroque facade of the monastery church, the organizer thanked the participants and presented souvenirs.

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