Over 500 cars took part in the run itself, which was held in torrential wet weather conditions. Over 100 cars took part in the Regent Street Concours the day before.
16 Steam cars took part in the run, including a Gardner-Serpollet from the Mullhouse Museum in France. At the Bonhams Auction on the Friday, another Gardner Serpollet, a 1904 model, sold for £371,100, to an American buyer.
The tour was organised by Mike Mutters and Jan.
Melle Tour 2013
The 14th German Steam Automobile Tour was based as always at the Automuseum in Melle and organised by Heiner and Anne Marie Rössler and their excellent team of helpers. The Firing Up Dinner was Saturday night, 28th April, with tour routes of around 80kms (50miles) on the following four days and finishing off with the Blow Down Dinner on the Wednesday evening. We needn’t have worried about not being able to understand German as the tour routes were so very easy to understand with self explanatory diagrams for every turn. There were 16 steam cars participating from six countries – two Whites, Udo Puchert’s 1902 Waltham, two Locomobiles, a Likamobile and 10 Stanleys with another two cars on static display; a 1906 Stanley Vanderbilt Cup Racer and a 1911 Stanley Model 63. Even the fragile little tiller steered cars managed to complete the routes which were through very pretty countryside, past historic homes, castles and country estates with just the gentlest of hills to tax us. The slowest cars would catch the faster cars up at the frequent coffee stops. A special mention here to Lucia Serventi driving her 1900 Locomobile Style 2 who never gave up. It was such a treat to have a back-up service team following us all every day – if any car faltered it was quickly put onto a platform trailer and whisked back to base. What luxury! It was a lovely surprise to see the ex-David Webster/John Liming Stanley Model R arrive, now owned by Willy Smessaert from Belgium, and the ex-Tom Dawson Stanley 750A driven to the tour by its 21 year old owner René Hopf. The ex-Marion Cole 735B effortlessly completed the tour driven by Bob Bruin and we met the new owner of the ex-Bill Lowe 735B, Captain Reinhard Kloser. This was the first time that Mike Mutters, Bill Rich and Basil Craske had joined fellow Brit’ Arthur Thomson and Jerry Stoneman in taking cars to Germany, but all agreed that it won’t be the last, it was a great experience. Thank you everyone, organisers and participants, for making us all so welcome.
Arthur Thomson White OO 1910
Basil Craske Stanley 70 1910
Mike Mutters Stanley 606 1914
Bill Rich Stanley 6.5 HP Runabout 1903
Willy Smessaert Stanley R 1908
Jean Tilmans Stanley Mountain Wagon 1913
Bob Bruin Stanley 735 B 1919
Gerry Stoneman Stanley Vanderbilt Cup Racer 1906
Charles Whitworth Likamobile 2008
Wvittorio Serventi Locomobile Style 2 1900
Peter Würinger Locomobile Style 2 1900
Arnoud Carp White D 1904
Udo Puchert Waltham 1902
Heiner Rössler Stanley 735 B 1919
René Hopf Stanley 750 A 1924
Helmut Karbe Stanley Vanderbilt Cup Racer 1906
Karl-Heinz Rehkopf Stanley 63 1911
Owners w/o car
Albert Seigers Homebuilt Doble
Captain Kloser Stanley 735 B
Martin Werbeck Stanley 735 B