Rally start. Budapest - Venice.

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Night before the start outside parliment square

This is it. Where all the planning and stress is finally put behind us and we finally start the rally.  I cant wait. It is going to be so nerve wracking but exciting.

Each team will be cheered off individually from Parliment square.

Day 1.

Budapest - Venice

499 miles


The day of the tour and we can’t wait to get going. Unfortunately we underestimated how much time we would have at the start. We arrived a bit late and it was absolutely packed. We managed to experience the atmosphere of the start but it would have been good to have a bit longer.

The actual start was great.

Each vehicle drove though a tunnel of cheering and waving supporters. Steve then drove up the ramp so everybody would get a good look. As we went up the ramp we hard a huge cheer. We thought it was for us but then realised we had snapped our union jack flag off the top of the car on the start gate. So there I am shouting at Steve to stop the car and I had to jump out in front of thousands of people and pick up our flag in front of every body. The only English team to start from Budapest and we manage to embarrass ourselves! Oh well, at least it was different.

After this it was actually a bit of an anti climax. Quite an uneventful drive out of Hungary and into Italy.

In the evening we drove to Treviso in north east Italy to stay with friends of Steve, who also happens to be an old work colleague of mine from Stavanger back in 2001. Treviso is a beautiful walled city. It’s a shame we could not stay longer.

It was great to Marius again and he and his partner took us to a fantastic restaurant where I had a gorgeous pizza. Only in Italy!!

In the morning we were up early and after our quick check of the jeep we were on our way again.


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I came to the rescue with my hat.
I came to the rescue with my hat.
photo by: Chokk