||Swiss Boxer-meeting 2007 in Réclère (CH) 14.09. - 16.09.2007
In 2007 for the first time a Boxer-meeting was held in Switzerland. The
location Réclère was situated in the very outskirts of the jurassic – just a
brick throw away from the French border.
The weather forecast for the weekend was very promising. The first participants
arrived in the late afternoon. At dinner time a sociable round of alfisti had
the night a lot of humidity rose from the nearby river Doubs so Saturday morning
But soon the sun burned the last frazzles away and the first
raspy Boxer noises could be heard from the distance. A wide range of Boxer-cars
where presented by the participants:
From the first series one Alfasud Berlinas to the top of the line 33 Permanent
4. Sleek chrome Sprints and throaty 105 bhp Tis were to be seen as well as late
80’s injection Sprints with their contemporary Ronal A1 type light alloy wheels.
Unfortunately there where neither 145/146 nor early 33 series 905 cars. A rare
Alfa Arna joined the meeting. This Arna - in the property of Maurice Juillerat -
was successfully compeeting in hillclimb races for many years.
This weekend the Arna even took the pace car role: Maurice had prepared a
wonderful trip for the participants. On forgotten B-class roads Maurice lead us along mystic
rivers, narrow ravines and over far-flong alplanes to Muriaux. A tasty meal and
an exquisite little car museum awaited the participants there. Pride of the
museum was undoubtedly the Peugeot 601 Eclipse from 1935. This car was the
ancestor of all modern steel-roof retractables. By the way, the retractable was
invented by a french dentist. After the vist many participants dedicated
themselves to the questionary the promoters of the meeting had handed out in the
morning. After the meal a bunch of tricky questions about the boxer cars had to
be figured out. Furthermore the nicest, the hottest and the poorest boxer had to
be elected. In Muriaux one more
Alfasud from France had meanwhile joined the meeting. Next stop was the Moron
Tower. A tower built by famous Architect Mario Botta built in compulsory labour
by over 700 mason aprentists. The tower offers a magnificient view across the
During the day the meeting fell sensibly behind schedule. Therefor many
participants renounced to drive back to Réclère and made their way home. The
others enjoyed a late meal and eagerly awaited the final of the Boxer-quiz.
Coincidently three of the participants reached exactly the same score. Therefor
the comitee had to invent some estimate questions on the go to sort out a winner.
Eg.: how many bulbs are blown on Maurices car? Within a couple of minutes the
winner was found. Chris won the magnificient Boxer Spirit-Shirt. Another winner
was far easier to determine: Living on the edge and constant struggling with
insubordinant competitors left their marks on Maurices Arna. So after 36 race
trophys another first price was won: The price for the poorest Boxer-car. The
trophy for the hottest Boxer-car was given to Edwin's magnificient 1.2 litre
Alfasud ti series I. It seamed the new sport exhaust muffler did a good job on
his car! The price proved that pure power is not
mandatory for a hot car. With 68 bhp his car was among the weakest. For the
second time in 2007 Gaudi’s pale jellow Alfasud was elected nicest Boxer of the
meeting. The car was very close to perfection and wore lovely 5x13“ light alloy
wheels. Finaly a pair of boxer shorts was given for the longest travel.
In summary the organizers of the Boxer-meeting Gaudenz Fischer and Felix Kuhn
can be very statisfied with their first event. Many happy faces where seen and a
lot of new contacts had be made.
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Last Update: December, 12th 2007
Created: December, 12th 2007
© Text and photos by Felix Kuhn and Gaudenz Fischer. Layout
by Tim Rauen.