Taking the NSU home to Neckarsulm


Author: Martin BuckleyPublished:

Just returned exhausted but satisfied after six nights away at the NSU Treffen, a 500-car (at least) event at the Neckarsulm factory where Audis are now made in a building that looks like a spaceship.

It was more like a party than a car event what with the drinking and general merriment and I’m very glad I went.

I met some interesting people, saw some great cars (of which mine was almost the scruffiest) and gleaned lots of information: it’s amazing how little you really know about things sometimes

It was great hooking up with old friend Phil Blake and his wife Ally who came down in the red R080 Cabriolet and had already sorted my car for the trip.

Full details in the magazine soon but my orange Ro80 performed nearly faultlessly and returned to UK running rather better than it went out.
You can view the run through the town on YouTube by clicking here.

That’s me at about 26 minutes in to the film.

I returned via old colleague Giles Chapman who I drove down the M4 at high speed to Stroud where I was donating to him the remnants of a literature haul of a deceased former car hack that another friend had bought for me in an auction last year.

Having extracted the tasty bits I gave the rest to Giles for recycling. I returned him home the next day in the 500SL with his booty; the journey went by in a flash with all our reminiscences about ‘the old days’ on C&SC and memories of his dad's old Derby Bentley.


Nuno Granja

Thanks for sharing Martin Buckley,

I must admit that after finish reading and seing the movie I was with some envy.

Keep the good wok.

nuno granja


Hi Martin,

Please stop writing about Ro80's as every time I see them I get the urge to buy one ; ) Especially in orange!


Lancia 2000 Coupe

Dear Martin,

What a car - I know that the wankel is somehow intrinsic to the appeal of the Ro80 - but I would love to try one with a modern engine conversion - petrol obviously - given how light the car is, I bet a small-capacity, latest-generation four-cylinder turbo (or ideally a V6) would make the car fly and do 40mpg - just can't face daily economy in the mid-teens these days. Do you know if anyone has tried this - the concept of leaving great-looking cars standard in their appearance but with latest-technology drivetrains and features appeals more and more (I know Alfaholics do things with 60s and 70s Guilias along these lines). I've used several 'young-timer' classics as daily drivers and the low gearing, lack of ABS and heavy fuel economy can take their toll in today's motoring conditionsl. Using the Alfaholics concept - daydreaming of candidates for the treatment with a lottery win would be - important to keeping them looking the same inside and out but with new engine, 5-plus speed automatic transmission, air-conditioning and ABS, etc:

Alfasud Sprint (first series)
BMW 3.0CSi and 635
Jaguar XJ6 (Series 1) and XJC
Lancia Gamma Coupe
Lotus Elite (the proper one from the 70s!)
Mercedes-Benz SEC
Opel Monza
Reliant Scimitar
Rolls Royce Corniche FHC
Rover 3.5 Coupe P5B
Rover SD1 (first series V8)

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