The Germans are coming!

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by Bill Connelly, Jan 9, 2001.

  1. Bill Connelly

    Subscribers to this list may recall David Chapman's having recently
    mentioned that a few of the German Club's members might possibly be
    attending the BIG Celina Swim-In. Plans are still being made and the exact
    number of euro-visitors and euro-Amphis that might attend are still vague,
    but it seems clear that at least a couple-few members of the Amphicar Club
    Berlin e.V., Germany's Amphicar Club, WILL be coming over in July...perhaps
    even bringing their Amphis! This would clearly qualify the Celina shindig
    as a true "World Amphicar Event."

    By way of introduction of our fun-loving european counterparts, below ais
    translation of their latest newsletter, the December "ACB-Rundbrief." I
    believe it is a pretty fair rendering of a fairly quirkily-written document
    (imagine trying to translate Amphipoda's sundry manifestos), and I am sure
    that Ren? Pohl, member of both this List and the German Club could offer a
    few improvements.

    [Rod Serling voice on] for your consideration...imagine a club

    ACB-Newsletter 5/00

    Berlin, December 2000

    Dear Club Friends:

    We wish you untroubled, joyful and stimulating Holidays and great motoring
    throughout 2001. For the latter, you?ll have to do something yourself: Use
    the lousy sailing season! It?s bad enough that there are ?Sunday Drivers?
    and ?Casper Milquetoasts??you don?t want to become dual bilge pump users in
    the bargain!

    We had a great time during all the Meets of the Year 2000, but the best food
    was at the Main Gathering. It was really just like ?LuSthansa?. Given
    wings by the rising scent of barbequing turkey legs, we flew rapidly and
    frictionless through the agenda:

    - All Board Members were confirmed in their offices

    - The dates and locations for the official Meets were agreed upon:
    -- Easter in Schriesheim / Organizer: Bernhard Schatt
    -- Whitsuntide in Terkaple, Friesland / Organizers: The K?nig-Heinrich
    -- Autumn in Namberg, Saale / Organizer: Didi M?ller
    -- Main Meeting on the 20th of October in Veckerhagen on the Weser River

    - Ren? Pohl, who has so glowingly described the Internet (a source of
    trepidation for some), also made reference to a couple of other events:
    1. The last week of June will find a meeting of amphibian motorists of all
    stripes in Brittany (France).
    2. Billi Connelli, Chief of the US-Amphicar Club, whom we have to thank for
    our free-of-charge Internet presence until now, has invited us to attend the
    3 to 4 day Meet to be held around the 20th of July in Celina in the U.S.
    State of New York. Europeans need not bring their Amphi to attend. Ride
    sharing and accommodations with guest families might be possibilities. Ren?
    will be organizing the group travel. Those interested should contact Ren?
    directly: Email: or, Tel. 02262-5555.
    Deadline is the 15th of January.

    Once more it is stressed that ALL attendees to the Meets must register. It
    is depressing for the organizer or organizers when nary a tail wags with an
    intention to come, nor is it a wise use of resources when the leftovers,
    laid up just in case, have to be dumped.

    It is resolved that we will henceforth use only Channel 10 AM to communicate
    with each other over CB-Radio.

    -Page 2-

    That?s Rebecca Englert, the daughter of Hardy and Helen, born on September
    13, 2000 at 9:02 AM, 50 cm tall, weighing 3600 grams.

    [baby picture]

    And this is Annika Wadle, daughter of Bernhard and Annette, born on November
    11, 2000 at 11:08 AM, 50 cm tall, weighing 2980 grams.

    [baby picture]

    Both pairs of parents are said to be doing well, the two girls also. The
    latter still voice their approval of the Amphicar rather unclearly.

    Little Red Riding Hood goes curious into the forest, wishing to get to know
    the animals and their origins. First she meets a Wolfhound, who explains
    that his mother was a wolf, his father a sheep dog. This causes a light to
    go off in Little Red Riding Hood?s head. At the next animal, which
    introduces itself as a stag beetle, Little Red Riding Hood says doubtingly,
    ?Yeah? Mother really a stag-cow and father really a beetle, huh?? And by
    the third animal the clever child calls out immediately, ?I just don?t
    believe it! Mother an ant, father a bear!? [TRANSLATOR?S NOTE: ?Ameisenb?r?
    , literally means ?Ant-bear?, in English: ?anteater?] Herbert and Elke
    Volkmann believe it though. They now live at Ameisenb?r Way 14, 167
    B?renklau, Tel. 03304-555555. Handy is unchanged: 0170-5555555.

    Packrat Wolf Fullmann, Tel 06421-555555, has a mobile home for sale: Triton
    BS, 750 kg, new inspection, new tires, DM3900 or best offer.

    Naturally, a lighter hood (original is 15 kg, fiberglass about half that)
    and a distribution of more weight aft will lead to less ?hood dunking?. It
    now appears that still more improvement in this respect can be had through
    modifications to the bumper (setting it higher, changing its angle and
    reducing its distance from the body).

    -Page 3-

    Bernhard Wadle and Andreas Scheffler have had a fiberglass front hood
    shipped to them from Gordon. They find its fabrication VERY GOOD (?paint,
    screw it on, done?). Only the cost is somewhat breathtaking: from the 600
    dollars it costs in California, the total cost becomes 1800 Marks [about
    $870. ?bc] before the hood makes it to an orderer in Germany. Hannes H?ll
    offers a fiberglass hood from the blessed Horst Kelling?s first production
    series, recognized as being ?good?. Pick up price: DM650 [about $350].

    Get up Little Guy. The frog was very sick for three months, but now, thank
    God, he?s here with a commentary on spare parts. Detlef R?pke thinks that
    with the Volvo brake lines for the front, which the Club has obtained as an
    alternative, one should not tighten the ?mother?, which was possibly placed
    on the long threaded end for its protection, against the base of the
    threaded member, since leakage could result.
    About the clutch-assembly that Detlef bought for DM 140 after the
    Whitsuntide (Summer) Meet, he is not completely convinced. Sure it?ll fit,
    but Detlef fears that it will slip under strain, since it has one spring
    fewer per segment.

    Travel writer. Multitalented Detlef has compiled a page of tips for people
    who would like to cruise via Denmark to Norway or Sweden. Copies supplied
    on demand from the Publications Chief.


    For the Board:

    Publications Chief Hannes

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