Today it was time to collect a few machines which have been on my wish list for quite some time now, and fortunately they were not too far away. And I also got a few machines for other collectors. Most of you know in the meanwhile where they were: at Paulís 50ís place. Statistics:
Date: 4 March 2010
Target: Pac-manís and Galaga
Trip: Holland Ė Germany - Holland
Total length: 352 kilometers
Duration: 12 hours (with brakes)
Not much of a road trip, so I will keep it short. I left at 8 AM this morning to a place in Hengelo where I have a temporary storage. There I changed from vehicle.
New. Looks familiar, doesnít it Andrť?
I noticed that it still is wintertime
I arrived at Paulís place at 11.20 AM, and the weather was clearing up.
I didnít have time to take photoís from his warehouse, but you can see enough of them here: http://www.dragonslairfans.com/smfor/index.php?topic=1384.30
Paul was alone at the time of loading of the cabs, but he still helped me with the loading. Thanks Paul, you rescued my back. After the cabs were in the van, it looked like this:
Soon after the loading (I first went back inside to check out his beautiful pinball machines again) I went home again. One thing you see quite often in Germany: windmills. This is because of the longlasting subsidy people get for building and operating windmills, so there is a high certainty that they will have a return on investment.
Back in Holland
The weather is really nice now. Oh look, another classic:
After having a late lunch, nothing special, just a sandwich and milk, I arrived back home at about 3.45 PM. I started to unload the Pac-man cabs for a nice line up and a group photo (which will be famous in 25 years
One Pac-man is for Ronald Reagan and one Ms. Pac-man is for Gyruss. In the van there still is a Galaga, but she is a bit shy and didnít want to come out. I loaded my cabs back in the van again because they will be stored in a temporary storage, where I left for after dinner.
Here is a photo of pac-man and Galaga together. By the way, all Pac-Man cabs at Paul have a Ms. Pac-man marquee and gameboard. But the cabs are original Pac-Man cabs.
And mine is a real early one, it has serial number 199 stamped in it (which number also is on a little ticket on the inside.
Thatís it, mission accomplished, and I now have a Galaga, a Pac-Man and a Ms. Pac-Man for my future gameroom. They will all need some restoration work, both technical and cosmetical (new paintjob, including art stenciling. Ully, I might need your expertise when I am ready for that.).