ramp #54 - California Dreamin'

The warmth and lightness of the moment. Sun and light, the sound of our favorite songs floating on the breeze, an endless blue sky as the stage for our dreams and for every good idea – a perfect summer’s day. In summer, the world submits to a wonderfully relaxed way of life. Our imagination runs wild. Endless summer feeling. Everything is and will be fine.
Text Michael Köckritz
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Summer, especially a summer inspired by the California dream and its promise of unlimited possibilities and a better world, makes a wonderful theme, a theme of longing, yearning and desire. Yet it is not the obvious that matters. When we dream, after all, our brain not only sorts through and organizes our recent experiences and insights. Something it particularly enjoys doing is boldly exploring new options and possibilities.

So let’s go ahead and let the summer work its magic, curious as to what will happen and open for everything that is coming our way. Relaxed and in a good mood, high-spirited at times, a bit wild and crazy at others, yet always allowing ourselves to feel melancholic if that’s what the occasion calls for. Because this quiet, thoughtful, bittersweet mood is precisely what so wonderfully defines the classic folk rock song “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas & the Papas. A long walk out in nature. Maybe on the beach. Perhaps even by yourself for a change. Listening to the nuances on the wind. Collecting your thoughts. Coming to rest. Dreaming. California-style.

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At 4.8 km/h on the Nordschleife

Our author Kurt Molzer has always wanted to hike around the Nürburgring. Actually, it takes just over five hours to cover the 20.83 kilometers. He didn't manage that, but he brought a wonderful story to the finish line.

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California Dreamin' in the 356

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A green interview with Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC

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