Autumn in the Netherlands can mean two things, weather wise. Indian Summer or Wet & Windy. While planning the Autumn Tour 2019 for Lotus Club Holland, which we’ve organised together with Joost Römelingh, we imagined yellow and red leafs in trees lit by that typical autumn sunshine, together with colourful Lotus sportscars driving twisting roads from Nijmegen to Someren and back. The last part of that image was spot on. The first part wasn’t.
The weather god that was in charge of 29th September decided to make it a wet & windy one. But when the first participants of the tour arrived at 9 am at the Brakkesteyn Estate in Nijmegen, it was immediately clear that Lotus drivers are a special breed. All happy, smiling people filled with positive energy who were eager to start driving these curvy roads in the Eastern part of The Netherlands. Who needs the sun anyway!
And after all, the first leg of this tour – about 100 km – to De Hoijse Hoeve in Someren was not too bad when it comes down to rain. The staff of the restaurant really made an effort to make us feel welcome and took great care of the hungry bunch.
Back to the Brakkesteyn Estate in Nijmegen, using sometimes slippery B-roads, meant another 100 km of driving fun and beautiful scenery. The staff of the estate welcomed us just as they did in the morning and helped making this day a really great one. Despite that grumpy weather god. A lot more is needed to wipe away the smile of the face of a Lotus driver!
More photos are available for downloading using these links:
- Photos Joost Römelingh (drone photos)
- Photos Sarah Carpenter (@Someren)
- Photos Jan Blom (@Brakkesteyn Estate)
Special thanks to Sarah Carpenter of Orange Design for taking pictures and defying the rain at Someren!