When he was 17, Ockhuisen’s paper round brought him his first pocket money and subsequently allowed him to buy a used Mercedes. Today he owns a whopping 106 vehicles from Mercedes-Benz. The majority of them are parked right here in this hangar-like hall. “These cars don’t bite,” he says. “You can get closer to them, you know! Just get in. You can also go for a drive if you like. Feel free and have some fun.” OK, now that sounds good! Time for a ride – for lots of rides, in fact. Louis van Vliet, 59, president of the Mercedes-Benz Automobiel Clubs Nederland (MBAC), and Patrick Bauland, 61, treasurer of the MBAC, are also present. First, it’s time for a lap in the rain with the rare, sporty 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution; then, when the weather picks up, it’s time to get behind the wheel of the elegant 220 Ponton.