Mini-Meeting behind the former
|At thursday evening we drove from linz to Debrecen, which is
in a distance of about 700 KM. The last 40KM where very terrible to drive, because the
very bad street conditions and also the many lorries on the roads, which drove very fast
and inconsiderate. After a long search we found the campingsite, where we was welcomed
very friendly. There where some Hungarians, but we were the first foreigners arriving.
|Altough it was raining very hard, we decided for staying in the tent,
because the rooms to let was not so acceptable for us. During the day some people from
Vienna arrived (Brigitte and Gerhard Mahlfleisch and Erich Hosza). The meal at the buffet
and restaurant at the campingsite where very good.
In the afternoon we went for a walk through the city. There was a festival from some
choirs from America, but also from Hungary.
||At saturday, after breakfast all Mini`s started to a drive through the
city Debrecen, with the escort of the police. The police closed the roads, so that the
Mini`s had priority all the time - also the tramway had to stop!
Then all cars drove to a gas-station which was sponsoring the event. From this place, a
mystery-rally started, which took the whole afternoon. At the various stations the drivers
had to show their skill (throwing darts, various questions, finding Miniparts out of much
other spareparts and so on).
After the race there was the inquiry of the
winner, also every participant received a T-Shirt.
In the evening we sat around a big campfire. Near this there stand a big table, full of
meals which was brought by the Hungarians to the meeting. By singing and laughing it was a
very nice evening in Debrecen. The clubpresident of the Hungarian Miniclub was very
pleased about our coffe, which we brought to him as a surprise from Austria.
After the breakfast on Sunday, the Hungarian clubpresident held a minute`s silence for
Alec Issigonis. Following they started another tour through the city, but we didn`t took
part of this, because we wanted to drive back to Austria again. Together with the
participants from Vienna, we started our journey with direction Budapest. After a long
time, we asked in a restaurant for the name of the town we`re crossing. They told us, that
we are not fare away from the border to Ukraine. We didn`t believed it, but we had taken
the wrong direction! After some hours more, we reached Budapest yet and after a short
sightseeing tour we drove back to Austria. Near Vienna we said good-bye to Brigitte,
Gerhard and Erich, then we made they way home to Linz.
Finally we want to tell you, that the Hungarians had a great kindness against guests and
it was a really nice meeting there - hopefully many to follow the next years !