The center island of plants and flowers had been removed from the side yard of my wife’s parent’s house in Bruch, and here the new grass is beginning to fill in.
So far during my time in England, I was too busy flying F-111E’s to take many pictures or travel around the Cotswolds; and during this vacation in Bruch I was glad to relax for awhile and take some photos.
My father-in-law (right), standing here with my brother-in-law, parked his Mercedes-Benz 230 SL in the cul-de-sac in front of the house – and I took a series of photos of the car.
The two of them beautifully restored this Mercedes-Benz 230 SL – inside and out – one of many that they had previously restored.
The best part of all was taking a drive in the 230 SL along the Mosel River with the top down – which was a real joy.
I tried to take pictures of the car from every angle, and with the 230 SL parked in the middle of the cul-de-sac it was the ideal time to take pictures.
Restoring Mercedes-Benz automobiles was only one of my father-in-law’s many hobbies, along with high quality miniature toy trains, antique clocks and pocket watches, photography and Zeiss cameras and lenses.
The all new leather interior smelled and felt just as nice as it looked – there are few scents in the world that can rival the smell of new leather.
When restoring his cars, my father-in-law searched high and low for authentic original parts, and as this was before the internet existed – they weren’t always easy to find.
The smallest of details were never overlooked by the two of them in their pursuit of perfection – visible or not – they would never allow an imperfection to remain.