International VBOA Meeting 2020 in eastern Switzerland


As of February 3, we exspect 53 (55) friends, driving some 24 Vauxhalls:

8 AUS: Ron & Joy Campil, John & Louise Reid, Jim & Helen Selkirk,
               Chris & Helen Varty

7 GB:     Michael & Steve Boast, Ian & Margaret Coomber, Derek Harland,
               Alan & Patricia Jones

8 NL:     Victor & Catolien de Jonge, Reyer & Hanny Gerritsen, Harry & Ans Grandjean,
               Jan & Margreth Kamphuis

2 NZ:     Mike & Christine Swanton

2 S:        Christer & Ann Christin Hansson

2 CAN:  Jürg & Elsbeth Pilgrim

22 CH:   Hercli & Annalies Aliesch, Karl Blöchle, André & Barbara Gratwohl,
               Fridolin Haefeli, Marlyse Haefliger, Paul Herrmann, Walter & Susi Jenni,
               Ruedi & Vreni Meier, Peter Meier & Edith Nauer, Willy & Stefan Sommer,
               and the whole Wuhrmann clan:
               Helene & Hans, Regula & Beat, Daniela & Thomas (with Philipp and Sandro)

As in 2014 André & Barbara Gratwohl will be the helper in case of emergencies. Thank you!

We will be joined by several day guests from Switzerland.

Of course late applicants will be welcome but this is the number we give to the hotel.

Looking very much forward to meet you all again!

VBOA 2020 Program

Friday, May 29th, 2020:

Pre-program for early arrivers:
from 14:00 h  check in at the Hotel Seegarten in Arbon.
from 15.30 h  visit of the Saurer-Museum or
with its exhibition of historic heavy vehicles and textile machinery. And/or walk by the lake and enjoy sightseeing in the old town of Arbon.
Start of the main program:
from 18.30 h:  get together and welcome-apéritif at the Hotel Seegarten
ca.   19:30 h:   Dinner

Saturday, May 30th:

Touring the lovely Appenzellerland
:  Leisurely drive over the hills to Jakobsbad, parking at the Kronberg cable car station. Ride by cable car to the top of the Kronberg. Small lunch at the mountain restaurant. Beautiful view of the Säntis mountain range and over the Lake Constance region.
Continue to Appenzell. Individual visit of the picturesque town. Drive back to Arbon.
 ca.19 h:   Dinner at the Hotel.

Sunday, May 31st:

Touring the scenic Thurgau: Driving through the famous "apple-country", passing the medieval moated castle Hagenwil and many pretty villages to reach the historic town of Stein am Rhein. Visit of the beautiful old town and pleasant walk along the Rhine,  
small lunch.
Continue along the Untersee to Arenenberg castle. (Napoleon III. and his mother Hortense de Beauharnais lived here). Beautiful gardens and fantastic views over the lake and island Reichenau. Back along the lake to Arbon.
ca.19 h:   Apéritif, Dinner and relaxed final evening.

Monday, June 1st:

Breakfast, farewell and departure.

For guests arriving earlier or staying longer in Arbon we have suggestions for more attractions,
such as:

Autobau Romanshorn
RollsRoyce Museum Dornbirn
Flugzeugmuseum Altenrhein
Zeppelinmuseum Friedrichshafen


VOC Switzerland: Marlyse Haefliger, Paul Herrmann, Gebi Stieger, Helene und Hans Wuhrmann

updated November 3rd, 2019,  Hans

VBOA 2020 informations

Arbon / Bodensee    Whitsun, Friday 29th May - Monday June 1st  2020

Total costs for the entire event, per person in Swiss Francs:

in  single room                       CHF  580.-
in double room                       CHF  520.- pp
in the gallery (family) room  with 3-4-occupancy                       CHF  460.- pp

Children in family room:       up to 3 years free,    up to 6 years: CHF 150.-,
                                               up to 12y. CHF 225.-,  over 12y:   CHF 300.-

All rooms have shower / WC, TV, WiFi   see

Prices include accommodation, all meals, outings, cable car etc.

For external accommodation (camping) but with all meals in the hotel: CHF 350.- pp.
Campsite on the lake (15 minutes walk) prices see

Special prices Hotel Seegarten for extension before or after the event
per person / night, breakfast included
single room                               CHF 105.-
in a double room                       CHF   75.- pp
gallery room 3-4 occupancy     CHF   60.- pp
Children in the family room:     up to 3 years free, until 6 years 50%,
                                                   until 12 years 25% off the adult price
Please enroll as soon as possible. Send in your application by the end of December 2019 at the latest, to:
                  Marlyse Haefliger, Unterm Schellenberg 209, CH-4125 Riehen
                  phone. +41 61 601 68 64, mobile: +41 79 213 72 86

Payments to be made in CHF by the end of January 2020 at the latest to:

Raiffeisenbank Regio Frick, Hauptstrasse 35, CH-5070 Frick
in favor of:
Vauxhall Owners Club Switzerland, Unterm Schellenberg 209, CH-4125 Riehen
subject: VBOA 2020

IBAN CH67 8069 1000 0016 1902 2        BIC RAIFCH22691

In order to save charges we suggest you collect the individual payments in your country
and transfer the total  in one payment through your bank.

Hotel adress: Hotel Seegarten, Seestrasse 66, CH-9320 Arbon, phone +41 (0)71 447 57 57


Tour maps - provisional, as of August 2019, probably still too long!

               Saturday:    Appenzell map.pdf                       Sunday:    Thurgau map.pdf

Getting to Arbon

From northwestern Europe, avoiding the most crowded motorways and a lot of heavy traffic.
Take the A6 to Karlsruhe, Sindelfingen, Konstanz, to Schweiz (CH)

After crossing the Swiss border do not take the motorway (green sign) at the roundabout, but the 3rd exit,to Kreuzlingen, Romanshorn.
(Kreuzlingen has a surprising amount of roundabouts and even more speed traps. Beware!)

Follow Kreuzlingen, Romanshorn and onward to Arbon, along the lake. Do not take the motorway but Arbon-West.
First roundabout, just after the COOP fuel station (note!), take the 2nd exit into Arbon,
2nd roundabout: (ALDI on the left) take 3rd exit, downhill. Past ALDI, then turn right, after 200m left and there you are: Hotel Seegarten!

Alternative by motorway: entering Switzerland via Basel, follow the A1 to Zürich, then to St. Gallen. After exiting the city tunnel in St. Gallen, take the right branch (A1.1) towards Kreuzlingen, Arbon, Rorschach. Beware of the radar in the exit A1.1!
Continue to Kreuzlingen, Romanshorn. Leave at the exit 1 to Arbon West (Amriswil, Neukirch).
At the T-junction, turn right to Arbon. After 1 km you will see those two roundabouts.
 - Or, just continue until the end of the highway, at the traffic lights turn right to Arbon.
After 1.3 kms you will see the two roundabouts as above.

from Zürich airport: take the motorway A1 to St. Gallen, and same as above.

or by railway: fast trains to Romanshorn leave the underground station every hour at 16 mins. Tickets for Arbon at the counter. Takes one hour, then change to the local to Arbon-Seemooriet.

or else: Leave that fast train at Amriswil and call me ahead: +41 79 697 20 21 so Hans or Beat might fetch you at the station! It's not far to Arbon. But better mail me in advance:

Swiss speed limits: built-up areas 50 kmph, overland 80 kmph, and there are lots of speed traps, concealed and expensive! But then we drive veteran cars and we are not in a hurry.
Direction signs: blue - main roads, white - side roads. green - motorways, here you usually need a toll sticker, available at fuelstations, cost CHF 40.-. I think motorways are not funny, especially with veteran cars.

January 2020, Hans


Hotel Seegarten, CH-9320 Arbon,

       Arbon, the red dot marks the hotel, yellow: the Saurer museum, blue: the railway stop



  a very picturesque town in the hilly country, renowned for its local arts and traditions                                      photo: Hans 2014                            

Marlyse, Paul and three Appenzell locals (while route testing, August 2019)

May in the Thurgau

photo: Hans, May 2019

Hagenwil castle

photo: Hans, May 2019

Stein am Rhein

 early spring ↑       photos: Hans, April 2019   

 Rathausplatz, July 2019 ↓                                                

Also in Stein am Rhein, near the car park on the riverbank:

Schloss Arenenberg

Schloss Arenenberg,,   the home the young Napoléon III Bonaparte and his mother Eugénie. He spent his youth here, generally well liked, especially by the young ladies. -  Entry fee to the mansion not included. The beautiful garden is open.

A splendid view of the Untersee, into Germany (on a nice and sunny day, like July 30, 2019)


No, not the real royal thing     (Helene & Hans, same date)