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Meilenwerk Berlin – a classic car museum with a difference

During the recent summer holidays I decided to escape the heat of Madrid and head north where I spent among other places, a week in Berlin. My rationale was that all the Germans will have gone to Spain for their summer holidays so it should be nice and quiet. I’d been to Berlin before so there was no great pressure to rush around seeing all the tourist sites. But one thing I did want to see was Meilenwerk Berlin. I had read about this place on the TopGear website and it sounded amazing. I was not disappointed.

Jaguar XK

Meilenwerk is essentially a storage warehouse for classic cars. One pays 130€ per month (extremely reasonable in my opinion) and one is then able to store one’s Rolls Royce, Mercedes, Ferrari etc in a climate controlled glass box. In addition there are specialist garages attached to the facility for Jaguar, Mercedes, Citroën and other marks. Meilenwerk also have a large number of cars for sale, some such as the Mercedes SL’s with astronomical price tags. But the best bit is that this whole facility is open to the public and completely free to enter.

Mercedes SL convertibles

I spent a few happy hours wandering around admiring all the cars on display. There were not just super-expensive exotica but also some more ordinary classics such as Citroën DS and Mercedes E-klasse but they were all in excellent condition. I’m not sure if there is a requirement that your classic be in mint condition to store it there or not but they certainly were. And the restoration facilities seemed to be very busy with some beautiful examples as well.

In addition to the couple of photos I have published here you can view the full collection on my photo site. Check them out here:

Meilenwerk also have facilities in Stuttgart, Düsseldorf & Zürich which look equally impressive. The address in Berlin is Wiebestrasse 36 – 37, 10553 Berlin. I highly recommend a visit.

Spa Italia

Today was Spa Italia, one of the largest Italian car meetings in the world. It is held at Spa Francorchamps in southern Belgium, the venue of the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix. It is considered to be one of the most challenging race tracks in the world, mainly due to its fast, hilly and twisty nature. I went to join a friend of mine who had taken his Ferrari 355GTS, the same one from my Nürburgring debut a few weeks ago.

Given that it was an Italian car meeting I was half expecting to pass scattered old Alfa Romeos and Fiats stopped in a cloud of steam on the side of the motorway as I approached Spa Francorchamps. Instead I arrived to find a veritable smorgasbord of shiny Italian machinery on display. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Lancias, Maseratis and indeed, Alfa Romeos and Fiats, all in beautiful condition.

Here I have posted a couple of photos, highlights if you will. You can find a complete record of photos on my Picasa web album.

Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia

Maserati 3500 GT

Maserati 3500 GT

Ferrari 355GTS

Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera

Ferrari 360 Spider

Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

Alfa Romeo Montreal

Lamborghini Espada

Alfa Romeo 1900 Sprint Touring Superleggera

Artega GT - Unsure why this was here. 100% German. Pretty though...

Maserati Quattroporte

Classic Alfa Romeo

In addition to seeing all these amazing cars I was also afforded the privilege of 4 fast laps of the track in the black Ferrari 355GTS. Very exciting again like it was on the Nürburgring. Maybe I should stop wasting all my money on a certain Citroën DS and just buy a Ferrari instead…

Ferrari 355GTS