- Nostalgic Team
Nostalgic’s classic cars are first class, but when you travel with us you will notice immediately that our true source of pride is our team. The students who travel as tour guides on behalf of Nostalgic all receive outstanding scores in all the feedback sheets we receive regularly from customers. The success of any trip, whether it involves ten guests, or 50, depends on the accompanying team. When classic cars are unloaded, fuelled and driven to a hotel in the middle of the night; when the chrome of the cabriolets gleams in the sun the next day and a storm suddenly looms overhead so that all the cars have to be covered within minutes; when the guests’ flight is delayed and the programme for the day of arrival has to be reorganised in super-quick time; when guests travel unexpectedly; when a video screen is requested at the venue booked for the evening because a guest wants to see a football match; when guests are fascinated by the legend behind the cars and want to know more about the “making of Nostalgic”; these are the times when our travel guides are in their element.
The Making of Nostalgic. The exciting start-up story.
Two childhood friends who started on classic career paths (graduation and working at reputable companies) began thinking about creating their own company once they turned thirty. To get some ideas and put some distance between them and their daily work routines, they set out in a recently purchased classic car for a rally on Sicily. On the way, the extraordinary idea that led to this enterprise was born.
That was in 2002, and the car was a 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider. The modest success at the rally stood in strong contrast to the long adventurous trip to get there: in a car-train from Düsseldorf to Munich, a days journey over the Alps, arriving at 10pm into Genoa to catch a ferry to Palermo. Pouring rain on both legs of the journey were rewarded with ten days of brilliant sunshine on the island. Driving through Sicilly from east to west on quiet side-roads behind the wheel of a genuine Italian icon, breathing in the scents of the country side instead of the buzz of speed and in the evening cliché filled chats with the locals about the “dream machine” or, in Italian, the “bella macchina”.
This road movie proved impossible to forget for the two South Tyrol natives, Walter Laimer and Gert Pichler. The original idea behind Nostalgic was to offer their clients authentic experiences in a convertible sports car from the fifties and early sixties with the appropriate backdrop in a totally carefree package. As the journeys—at that time— would mainly be in Italy, the entrepreneurs settled on Alfa Romeos as their classic car of choice due to its aura and special automobile history of the trademark. They originally purchased 9 Alfas. Today they have 35.
Ten years after their start-up, Pichler and Laimer are adding another classic car range to their program, catering to shorter trips from and back to their company headquarters in Munich. It was a foregone conclusion that the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible would be the obvious choice for authentic trips in Southern Germany and the Alpine region.
Exclusive partners of Mercedes-Benz “The inventors of the car”
The quest for quality by the founders of Nostalgic, which was the pre-requisite for this company right from the beginning, has allowed rapid growth and attracted considerable attention. Daimler AG began considering a partnership with kam Nostalgic in 2015 when they were looking for a competent partner for classic car trips in a Mercedes Benz model. For a start, there are 10 Mercedes Benz SL sports cars from the series W 113 and R 107 available for exclusive dream journeys in Provence, Côte d’Azur as well as Tuscany.