After the amazing 2010 banger rally this year and fantastic feedback from fellow “Motoscapers” we have added even more to the itinerary for 2011!
Firstly we are now finishing the 5 day rally in Bologna, which saves on fuel, Italian toll roads and 1 hours less driving, giving you a extra time & money to sample some fine Italian beers and take a look round the city!
Bologna is a beautiful and exciting city with a fantastic array of cafe bars and night clubs situated around the stunning central square of Piazza Maggiore. Bologna has the oldest university in the western world, with a large student population making up one fifth of the city’s inhabitants. If you like to party, Bologna is the place for you!
The Bologna stop over also allows teams to have more time to visit the Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati museums which are all nearby. These are an absolute must for car fanatics and at the Ferrari base at Maranello you can pay to drive a vast array of Ferrari’s for yourself (worth every penny in my view) and heres the best bit, prices start from just 40 Euros!!!
Another advantage of visiting Bologna is that it allows extra time to for the teams pushing onto Prague to visit Venice en-route. If you have never visited this famous city, it’s certainly worth taking the time out to do so. Venice needs no introduction and has so much to offer from the famous St Mark’s square and Gondolas to the fabulous array of restaurants serving the best in Italian cuisine.
The Motoscape Rally, is a banger rally that truly offers something different for everyone. You can choose to spend your days on the roads exploring every nook and cranny of each country, taking in the beautiful views and landscapes or if you get your competitive side in gear for the rally you could take home one of the fantastic cash prizes! Alternatively just come along for the drive and party with the other “Motoscapers”, sampling local food, beers and wines until the early hours, it is a week that you can’t experience anywhere else, and one you will never forget!!
St Omer is a beautiful small medieval French town, with plenty of restaurants and bars. It is only 30 miles from the ferry terminal in Calais. Late afternoon on Saturday is when everyone meets up.
There’s a great atmosphere as teams take great interest in the painted contraptions that steadily arrive for the registration. One or two teams will probably arrive earlier in the day and may already have sampled the French beer. After registration everyone wanders into the town which is about 10 minutes walk from the hotel. Being Saturday night there are plenty of people out and about.
The heart of the town is a cobbled square surrounded by a mix of shops, restaurants and bars in typical French architecture, some dating back to the 13th century. The centre piece of St Omer is the beautiful Notre Damme Cathedral which took centuries to complete and is widely recognised as the best example of gothic architecture outside of Paris.
There are plenty of places open late in which to partake in the consumption of the liquid nectar. Most people will have there sensible heads on but one or two will no doubt turn up for registration the next day, a little worse for wear.
Sunday morning sees breakfast followed by the team briefings, information packs and then that’s it we’re on our way Germany!!!
Sorry for the delay with the blog posts lately guys, you know, a lot of work goes into organising a banger rally, especially when we are planning on making this years rally the best one yet!
But we’ve put a little piece together on one of the highlights of the 2010 Motoscape Rally, a place I’m sure most of you will never have been before, Bled in Slovenia.
This town is an absolute gem and must be one of the most beautiful places in Europe. Bled is a lakeside town in Slovenia which is surrounded by the spectacular Julian Alps and those on the Push on to Prague rally will see for themselves why it is known as the hidden paradise.
The scenery makes it an ideal walking / cycling haven or just a fantastic place to relax and take in the scenery. If there are any runners out there, it’s definitely worth bringing your running gear and running round the lake.
Another amazing thing to do whilst in Slovenia visiting the unbelievable underground Caves of Postojna, which is over 4 miles and is accessed by a special underground electric train.
The caves boast the very best examples of stalactites and stalagmites any where in the world and is well worth the visit.
In the evenings there are plenty of bars and restaurants, many of which look over Lake Bled which is illuminated by the night.
Visiting places like Bled is what makes the Motoscape Rally a journey like no other, I can’t think of another trip where one day you’re bolting round the Nurburgring like the Stig, then another day you’re chilling out with a cold beer staring across the awe-inspiring Lake Bled!
If any of you have been to Bled before, let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!