Away from the race track a real highlight of “Die Hölle von Aschau” was the Concours d’Élégance.
Ahead of the event Moormann sent out miniature Bookinist kits to their clients, partners and chums with the request that they be “pimped” and returned.
If we’re honest we don’t think that they expected to get that many back.
And so they were genuinely all the more impressed with not only the response but the very high quality of the responses.
From a Gingerbread Bookinist over Popemobiles and onto something unspeakably coarse if equally cool from Jehs + Laub, the fantasy and artistic talent of Moormann’s extended family is clearly limitless.
It was truly a delight to behold. The full gallery can be viewed here
A kit also arrived in the (smow)HQ.
(smow) of course wouldn’t be (smow) if they simply followed rules as laid down by others. Even when the “other” is Nils Holger Moormann.
And so, yes, (smow) customised a Bookinist kit. But (smow) customised a 1:1 scale Bookinist.
Constructed in the valley’s of south Sachsen by local craftsmen using traditional production methods and employing an environmentally friendly electric motor in contrast to Moormann’s ozone challenging, and quite frankly last century, diesel motors the (smow) Bookinist was ….
…. immediately disqualified from the race!
And that despite being filled with real books, rather than stickers on other race Bookinists we could mention!
However after several appeals the race jury graciously decided to create an extra category for exceptional examples of East German engineering and the (smow) team were finally allowed into the pit lane to prepare for battle.
When the time came, the hours of training proved invaluable on the tight Aschau track and under the jubilation of the gathered thousands the (smow)pilot brought his chariot home in a very respectable time of 1:17.65
Which in a fair and just world would have been 8th place.
And then as the rest of the participants partied the night away, (smow)racing were still out and about, improving their skills on the rain soaked cobblestones of Aschau.
Much as you’d expect…..