Motoscape 2012 – Day 6 – Venice to Sopron

After the evening’s celebrations it was time to say farewell to the teams on the Venice rally, The remaining 49 teams taking part in the Road Trip to Prague were up bright and early for morning briefing to see what challenges had been set and places of interest on today’s route. With just 2 days left on the rally, some cars were starting to feel the strain a bit, but everyone was in high spirits for today’s journey.

Today we were travelling from Venice to Sopron in Hungary, which is approximately 345 miles, but gives people the chance to drive on another amazing pass, by going through the Triglav national park in Slovenia, taking on the Vrsic pass, many teams commented that this pass was a better driving experience than even the mighty Stelvio pass, and we would agree with them!

Some teams just opted to go straight to the hotel and and relax in the bar, but the teams that drove the pass were not disappointed. The scenery in the national park is beautiful and the road leading up to the pass has sweeping bends that really do engage car and driver. Teams Shaken not Stirred and Funk Soul Dubbers took time to have a dip in the many rivers leading up to the pass, even though the water was freezing cold! Everyone who drove the pass was thrilled and appreciated the recommendation from the Motoscape team. Thanks to the Shaken not Stirred boys for some great pics!

It was the last day for challenges on the rally, and with The New Recruits and International Sheriff’s Department fighting it out for 1st place, both teams were taking the challenges very seriously! The teams headed into Sopron for a bit of monument spotting as they new every extra point was vital.

Sopron itself is rich in culture with some wonderfully preserved old buildings making it one of Hungary’s most charming medieval cities. With it’s abundance of gothic and baroque buildings, it is like a mini Prague and was a must visit for a lot of the teams.

You might be wondering who was yesterdays challenge winner? Well you will have to wait and see as this will be announced at the final nights presentation tomorrow!

Car wise, we had no major casualties but the Martini boys had a couple of issues with HT leads but this was quickly rectified with the standard issue gaffer tape from Stuart and Lee (Team Blown Diff), big thanks to guys for helping them out!

You may have noticed that for the first time ever on Motoscape, we’ve had 2 Alfa Romeo’s (well 3 now Team Stretton have got a Giuletta courtesy car). At the start of the rally other teams thought they wouldn’t last due to Alfa’s reputation, for unreliability but Michael and Michelle’s (M&M’s) black & yellow Alfa GTV and Jake and Lee’s (99 Problems but a Cambelt ain’t one!) silver Alfa GTV have done the full rally without a hitch. Organiser Paul, being the Alfa enthusiast that he his, said they would be good cars to do the rally in due to their fantastic handling, punchy engine and comfy interior.

On to the evening in Sopron and the Motoscape Team arranged a magnificent buffet meal at the hotel, then teams either had a few beers in the hotel or in the town and others had an early night Some teams also chose to relax in the the spa ready for the final night in Prague tomorrow! Organiser Mark accompanied teams, The Red Dragons, Team Stretton, To Be Confirmed and Funk Soul Dubbers into Sopron and they were teaching Hungary about sluggin’ (an interesting tradition originating in Castleford and thought to date back to medieval time), the photo on the right is one of our favourite non-car photos of the rally!

Tomorrow we head to Prague, which needs no introduction and all the remaining entrants are excited for a great day on the road and night out in the beautiful city of Prague. Find out how we got on tomorrow!

Next stop, Prague (Czech Republic)

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