2011 Day 5 – Ritten / Rennon to Bologna

The morning after the Stelvio Pass, and some of the cars were really feeling it after a day on those hair pin bends. Today we were heading from Ritten / Rennon to Bologna in Italy which is around 190 miles, and was the end of the rally for the teams on the 5 day route. But before anyone could get started, the cars needed a bit of TLC in the hotel car park. The Crash Test Dummies had changed their brake pads, and even Postman Pat was helping out on Wrong Gear’s car!

Today was a relatively short drive to Bologna (around 3 hours) which gave teams plenty of time to do different things, and for the Prague teams to take part in their challenges for the day. The teams did a variety of things throughout the day. Gareth, Toni and Matthew from Baz to Bologna visited Lake Garda, Tribu Dei Chihuahua visited the Ducati Museum, while many teams grasped their opportunity to visit the Ferrari Museum and drive an actual Ferrari! The Team Webb boys even managed to get pulled over by the Police while out on their joy ride (see pic below!).

The Barking Mad car was a big hit at Ferrari, the Ferrari Girls wanted to take it home! The Arthur Ant Hill Mob girls had the guys at the Ferrari test drive offer 3 plane tickets home for the Bullet! They said NO of course!

The Lamborghini museum also went down well, with the Beer View Mirrors and All Shook Up teams getting some great snaps!

For the teams on the Prague rally that were concentrating on winning the daily cash prize and trying to creep up the leader board as the final day approaches, they headed into Bologna to take part in the challenges. Well done to Jessica and Rachel from When You Wish Upon a Car for winning the daily prize. It was their team limerick that snatched it, have a read below and see what you think:

There was two girls called Rachel and Jess
Who really loved fancy dress
Their navigation was s**t
But their outfits a hit
And by Prague they’ll surely be a mess!

On the car front today, we had no more major casualties, WOOP WOOP!

After what was deemed a banger casualty yesterday, Alex, Andrew and Lyndon from 3 Idiots Abroad had a ray of hope for their Calibre and got the part! They had to wait all day for their car to be repaired from the previous day in Switzerland, so they spent all day going up and down the Stelvio Pass in their Alfa Romeo hire car till their banger was restored, and finally made it the hotel at 1.30am. Still a great way to spend the day for 3 petrol heads!

In the evening, the teams on the Prague rally hit the town for a bite to eat and a few beers, and the organisers arranged a complimentary meal and presentation of prizes with all the Bologna teams, a fitting finale to the rally. What a great night for everyone to get together, and well done to  Wrong Gear and Tribu Dei Chihuahua for finishing joint first place and taking a share of the prizes on the 2011 Motoscape Rally, “Road Trip to Bologna”.

Tomorrow we head to Bled in Slovenia, with a route that lets you visit Venice, or take on another brilliant driving road, the Vršič Pass. Find out how we get on tomorrow!

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