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Magnette Day 23-26 June 2023

To many Magnetteers around Europe, the last weekend in June is always special. For 27 years Magnettes and their owners have assembled to meet, to drive their cars though spectacular scenery and to enjoy the unique, relaxed atmosphere of this event.

For 2023 the venue was the beautiful Starnberger See near Munich. Friday evening saw thirty people from the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and England arrive in 14 Magnettes, plus an MGA. Old friendships were rekindled and new ones made over supper in the Gasthaus Fischerrosl, with celebrations continuing long into the night.

This year's organiser, Guido Reinking, had arranged a run into the Alpine foothills on Saturday. Great weather, magnificent scenery and the cars were running well – perfection! Our destination was the Glentleiten open air museum, where reconstructed historic Alpine buildings illustrate the traditional Bavarian way life. There are farmhouses, a bread oven, a gigantic beehive....and a superb filling station in modernist style dating, appropriately, from 1956 - the perfect photo opportunity!

Evening drinks by the lake, then another great meal. All too soon it was Sunday and time to thank Guido for organising everything and to say our farewells. The Ray Cain Trophy was awarded to Peter Lemke and his magnificent ivory and maroon Varitone, then everyone headed home, via (for those with the time) the impressive Motorworld Munich exhibition centre.

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Text by Paul Batho

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