The 2009 edition of the Boxer-meeting was organized by the "Sektion Ruhrgebiet Ost" of the German Alfaclub. Delia und Bodo Fast had found a little holiday park with small houses and a restaurant, situated in Extertal, near Rinteln; an idyllic region close to Bielefeld and Hannover.
The first participants arrived at Rinteln on Friday afternoon. After everybody had gotten the key to their houses one met at the restaurant at 8 o'clock to enjoy an Italian buffet. Some participants arrived until late in the evening. There were participants from the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland and Great Britain. Some travelled more than a thousand kilometres to join the meeting. Nearly every Boxer-engined ever developed by the Milanese brand could be admired on Saturday morning. Besides two Alfasud and two Alfasud ti of the first series, there were several Alfasud of series III, one Alfasud Sprint second series and a few Sprint of the third series. Next to several Alfa 33 of the series 907, a 33 1.7 IE, a 33 1.7 QV and two 33 1.3 S of the series 905 could be admired. A Minari from Great Britain was there as well. The Minari is a typical English kit-car with a fibreglass roadster body on the basis of an Alfa 33 or an Alfasud. Not only the power train, but also the chassis, the exhaust system, the tank and many other components from the interior of the Alfasud and the 33 were used in this car. The Minari that joined the meeting had a Boxer 16V engine, equipped with a special ecu system which also controlled the ignition.
For the late Saturday morning Bodo and his colleagues had planned a trip to the nearby clubhall of Alfaclub. After having gotten the roadbooks and a ballot for the election of the most beautiful Boxer, the Alfisti started their drive to Bad Salzuflen. The roadbook led the drivers through many small, quite scenic roads to the club hall. Since there weren´t any tasks planned during the drive, the arrival was way too early, but after a short waiting time they were received with a warm welcome as well as coffee, cake, an open club shop and enough time to shop, talk and make pictures of all the cars parked outside. One other attraction could be found there, quite hidden in a corner: a V10 engine taken out of a Procar 164 prototype. Even though the roadbook failed with any tasks, the Alfisti had to solve one riddle: Bodo presented 15 photos showing details of different Alfa Romeos which had to be identified. Around 4 o' clock in the afternoon a second roadbook led the participants back to the holiday park Extertal; the drive went again on small roads through the idyllic landscape - even a small, beautfiul castle was passed.
The next Boxermeeting organised by Bodo is announced to take place in 2012 and surely a lot of Alfisti are already looking forward to it.
Further information on the holiday park at Extertal: http://www.ferienpark-extertal.de/.
Last Update: October, 10th 2009 Created: October, 10th 2009
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