These straight sprints are counterbalanced by the picture-perfect passage through Germany’s Eifel region between Satzvey and the Ahr Valley near Kreuzberg, before the convoy heads on toward Bad Münstereifel, home of German Schlager singer Heino, and the Effelsberg radio telescope deep down between the wooded hilltops. “By reason of its special design principle, the car is especially calm on rough roads and when cornering,” confirms the Owner’s Manual. And it was right: “The road was well suited to our cars,” praises Franz Maag, a prominent face of the German Kompressor scene at the end of the day. With 4.5 bar in the front tyres, a two-tonne car like this is particularly easy to steer, even through the sweeping bends of the Ahr mountains. At the end of the journey, his SS model had drunk 50 litres of fuel out of the reservoir, corresponding to roughly 20 litres per 100 kilometres.