Motoscape Rally 2014: Day 5, Trento to Venice

The morning after the mountain passes, the teams usually give their cars some much needed TLC. All the teams were in high spirits and most of the cars that made it to the hotel were in decent working order! After the morning briefing teams taking part in the challenges prepared for another competitive day. Today’s drive was a relatively short distance so teams had lots of different options on places to visit.

Today we were heading from Trento to Noventa di Piave, just outside the beautiful city of Venice in Italy, which is around 155 miles. Today is the final day of the rally for those doing the “2014 ROAD TRIP to Venice” but those on the Prague rally still have a further two days to enjoy! Congratulations to all Venice teams that made it to the end, good effort guys and girls!

Today’s drive is around 2 hours and 30 minutes for teams heading straight to Venice. This gives teams plenty of time to do different things en-route. It also enables teams with car trouble the chance to take a more direct route. The remaining teams on the Prague rally were able to gain valuable points by taking part in the daily challenges.

Many entrants took the opportunity to head South to Maranello, the home of Ferrari, which attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims each year. Maranello is also home to the famous supercar museums of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. Some lucky team members took the opportunity to drive a Ferrari out on the roads and hills surrounding the factory (where the new Ferrari models are road tested). This is truly a fantastic opportunity for the car enthusiasts on the rally to tick off another item from their bucket list!

Chris and Scott from team Grand Theft Desperado had smiles from ear to ear after driving a Ferrari California through the streets of Maranello! They managed to negotiate a discount and even got the video to remember the experience! This was definitely the highlight of their trip!

The route also gave teams the opportunity to visit Lake Garda. With the sun shining making it a beautiful place to spend the day.

For the teams that weren’t interested in visiting the supercar museums, they headed straight to Venice (although some teams managed to squeeze in both Venice and the museums). Teams who wanted to stay there for the day / night and have a few drinks hopped on the train close to the hotel, other teams headed in by car to enjoy the sights.

Venice is a beautiful city that sits on the water on millions of wooden piles pounded into marshy ground and has been slowly sinking for the last 1,000 years! It was a great place for teams to sample some fine Italian cuisine and enjoy a beer or glass of Italian wine. The city stands on 117 small islands and has some 150 canals and 410 bridges. The architecture is so beautiful, it’s a must see for most teams. This historic city has so much to offer from the famous St Mark’s square and Gondolas to the fabulous array of restaurants. It was certainly another highlight for our rally entrants.

Teams on the Prague rally were concentrating on winning the daily cash prize and trying to creep up the overall leader board as the end of the rally is in sight. The teams went on a scavenger hunt and had to draw a cartoon of their team and team members. There were fantastic entries and we have included the best ones below, however the winner of the day was the Hucknalls taking home the £50 cash prize. The lads with a Mick Hucknall themed car have been in the running right from the start and have now taken the overall lead on the rally by 2 points with just 1 day of challenges to go! Its all to play for!

We can also now announce the daily prize winner for the Venice rally from yesterday, this was Minter Munter! See the overall winners further down this blog.

For the teams on the Venice rally, there were no challenges, however they did have chance to win a bottle of bubbly to go with their evening meal by writing an amusing limerick about their team. The best limerick came from Nigel in team Collico 1, here it goes:

“In France Monty joined our team
His presence was an absolute scream
Despite challenges from left and right
We got to Venice well before night
For Monty it’s been a total dream….
(seated between Nigel and his Queen)”

Updates on the cars, there were no new major problems, however Team Ramrod and Suffolk Mafia who had troubles yesterday managed to get their breakdown cover to arrange hire cars so they can continue on the rally.

In the evening, the teams on the Prague rally stayed in Venice for the night and got the late night train back. Some teams went into Lidi Di Jesolo and others hit the local town for a bite to eat and a few beers. The organisers arranged a complimentary meal and presentation of prizes for all the Venice participants. A fitting finale to the 5 day rally. What a great night for everyone to get together, and well done to Minter Munter for finishing in first place and taking home the £800 first prize on the 2014 Motoscape Rally, “Road Trip to Venice”.

View our dedicated blog – Road Trip Venice, 2014 Winners – to see the full standings!

Take a look at the photos from Day 5 on the Motoscape Rally:

Day 5 was a great day for people to get the chance to do something different and enjoy experiences they will never forget!

Day 6 see’s the teams head to Sopron in Hungary, with a route that lets you take on another brilliant driving road, the Vršič Pass. Find out how everyone got on tomorrow!

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