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Dashing & Stressed: Wörthersee The Speedhunters Approach


Air journey sucks at the very best of instances, no matter what class you’re flying. On this case, flying sucks twice as laborious. For one, the airport bus we have been trapped in throughout pre-departure was as humid as a boxer’s arm pit after 12 rounds. And two, we’d spent the weekend in Wörthersee, Austria and now it was dwelling time.

Right here’s how the weekend performed out…

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Friday: 2:30am

It could as nicely be a cliché: The small hours of the morning, filling up with gas and caffeine. On this case my chariot is my newly-acquired Renault Clio RS F1, the gas is Shell V-Energy, and the beverage of selection is regardless of the clerk might be bothered to get me from the fridge.

I’m counting on half-hour of sleep and a Ministry of Sound ‘90s Anthems playlist to get me to Heathrow the place I’ll meet Saj to catch our flight. Abandoned roads and the Clio’s induction roar encourage swift progress.

3:30am

Automobiles parked for the weekend, Saj and I catch the terminal shuttle within the hopes of breakfast earlier than our flight. For these of you who’ve by no means tried to take digital camera tools by means of an airport, you might be 800% extra more likely to be taken apart and have a disgruntled airport worker violate your gear with the identical ‘hygienic gloves’ they’ve touched 100 different luggage with.

We pay far an excessive amount of for some very common breakfast, do some people-watching (second solely to Speedhunting for leisure) and stroll what looks like 12 miles to our gate, simply in time for boarding.

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6:00am

Realising that the brand new Kendrick Lamar album had launched an hour earlier, Saj and I enter a crazed frenzy to obtain the album earlier than take off to have one thing to hearken to on the flight.

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6:05am 

I go to sleep, however not earlier than shopping the SkyMall journal in disgust on the nonsense some folks purchase. What’s it about being on a aircraft that encourages folks to purchase watches? Particularly £200 of pseudo-Maserati-branded nastiness on your wrist?

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9:00am (Austrian time)

Our Austrian Airways flight lands safely in Vienna and we rush to baggage reclaim to get Saj’s garments. I counsel we depart the garments in order to not wait on the conveyor belt of distress, however Saj isn’t as eager on the concept.

We make our solution to the automotive rental desk to choose up the mighty Skoda Excellent Property that I’d booked for us. Josef, the stunning man behind the counter, gives us an improve. We discover ourselves in a model new Audi A6 Avant for the weekend.

It takes mere seconds for me to grasp that:
1. Automobiles have grow to be far too huge for their very own good.
2. Audi has taken the Pimp My Experience strategy of display placement and put them on nearly each conceivable floor of the automotive.
3. The seats in a brand new A6 are a number of the finest I’ve ever sat in.

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Hitting the highway, the Audi decides to have interaction its ‘Lane Help’ mode with the cruise management. Saj nonetheless maintains that I used to be being tough, however hand-on-heart I can say the lane-keeping perform is among the most irritating issues I’ve ever skilled behind the wheel. The following three and a half hours are spent battling the automotive for management because it violently decides that I’m 0.3mm too far to the correct, and jerks itself again in line. I’ve had extra light arm wrestles than this.

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Snacks are acquired en route, giving me an opportunity to have a look at the automotive and swear at it profusely from the skin; thus it will probably see me and and is aware of how a lot I hate it.

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That being stated, as a instrument for munching miles the A6 actually is incredible. We flip off the Autobahn to hit some pretty mountain roads for the final a part of the journey.

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Saj goes full Time journal and climbs the closest hill to get some photographs of the Audi in amongst nature. Appears to be like straight out of a press brochure, doesn’t it?

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3:00pm

Looking for some retailers to seize some last-minute provides, we pull right into a retail park the place the primary shock of our journey awaits. An unassuming storage on the nook has its doorways barely propped open. Inside, two attractive Italian rear ends are seen.

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I carry out a WRC-esque u-turn and park up at what we be taught is Duller Motorsport, a racing crew with heritage relationship no less than way back to the 1993 DTM championship.

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The 2 rear ends belong to a Ferrari F355 and 348TS pairing, a number of the prettiest vehicles to ever come out of Maranello. In entrance of them is one thing simply as particular in my eyes: a fully immaculate E24 BMW 635CSi on TRX radial wheels and with an Alpina steering wheel.

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The true motion is in the primary storage constructing although. There are a pair of BMW race vehicles tucked away within the nook of the workshop – an E36 M3 ‘tin-top’ race automotive, and an E46 M3 ProCar vast physique, modified S54 and two units of wonderful Alpina-style BBS Motorsport break up rims. Duller is clearly not the sleepy little outfit it seems to be from the skin.

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7:00pm

Checked in to our resort and hungry, we meet up with some associates of mine who’ve pushed over to Wörthersee and have some pizza. That is the place we’re launched to Luka, proprietor of one of many coolest Mk1 VW Caddys round. It’s so cool, in reality, which you can anticipate a highlight on it within the coming days.

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Saj was anxious to go and see what vehicles have been swarming the city of Velden-am-Wörthersee, the place to be presently of yr. As was I, however in reality there wasn’t actually any have to. Our outside seats had a direct view of each a carpark filled with modified equipment and the primary Wörthersee strip the place vehicles have been parading up and down all night.

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11:00pm

The remainder of the night time is stuffed with modified vehicles, humid climate and quite cross-looking polizei giving everyone a screw-face and side-eye. Engines are revved, egos are flexed and vehicles spend the night cruising up and down the strip. We name it an evening, able to shoot the subsequent day.

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Saturday, 10:40am

Resort breakfasts generally is a bit disappointing so we go to a spot really useful by a buddy. An unlimited plate of chilly meats and cheeses is thrust onto the desk in entrance of me. Saj has ordered the identical, the Weinerroither Particular, and we feast on essentially the most continental unfold conceivable. When in Austria, in any case…

The following few hours are spent location scouting across the lake and within the mountains. The trick is to search out someplace secluded sufficient that there aren’t homes within the background, but simply constructed up sufficient that low vehicles could make it to the spot. Saj and I are nonetheless 50/50 on whether or not we appeared like drug sellers or undercover polizei, slowly driving round quiet roads in a black Audi Avant.

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The right location has been discovered and Luka’s Caddy is nearly shot. It could be a barely cheeky spot, however it’s 100% value it as soon as the photographs are proven to everybody. It’s not at all times the easiest way to go, however typically you haven’t any selection however to express regret as a substitute of asking for permission.

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4:00pm

The remainder of the day is spent doing 1000’s of steps across the halls of Messe Klagenfurt at XS CarNight Wörthersee 4.0. You possibly can learn up on our present expertise right here.

It’s secure to say we’re impressed.

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10:50pm

What we’re not impressed by, nevertheless, is the polizei’s determination to shut all the city of Velden off to anybody who isn’t an area or staying in a resort there. Hungry and drained after a day of capturing, we’d pushed 20 minutes to get some meals solely to be turned again round. I perceive that some irresponsible house owners generally is a nuisance, however to shut the city off to everybody? Absurd.

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Sunday, 10:00am

We’re working not on time on our final day in Austria, so we skip breakfast in favour of some cinnamon buns from a petroleum station. This turned out to be a wonderful concept because the pastries are out of this world. Adnan – who we’d met the night time earlier than – arrives in his Lexus LS 400 and we instantly head to a different location we discovered the day earlier than. It’s 25º outdoors (Celsius, in fact. Actual numbers.) and I’m blissful that I’ve packed shorts.

Saj didn’t pack shorts, and he exacts his bitter jealousy by flooring the Audi from a standstill whereas I’m taking rolling video out of the boot. It almost sends me flying, however Saj nonetheless insists it was the Audi’s poor throttle really feel. I’ve my doubts…

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12:00pm

Luka joins us in his Caddy and all of us make our solution to a secret XS CarNight meet excessive within the mountains that Andy – XS’s fundamental man – has invited us to. The winding roads are elegant, if somewhat slim for the A6 and the LS 400. Each of those vehicles have been designed for the motorway, not little ribbons of tarmac snaking by means of hills. I seize the chance to {photograph} the wonderful views.

Every part goes completely easily. That’s till Saj bounces our poor, poor Audi so violently off a kerb he throws the wheel alignment out. Nevertheless it’s high-quality as a result of I promised I wouldn’t inform anybody. Legal responsibility-waiving insurance coverage is a incredible factor.

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12:45pm

Arriving on the meet we’re greeted by some of the unbelievable views of the entire journey. There’s a mountainside of modified vehicles of assorted sizes and styles. There’s additionally curry wurst and beer. The solar is shining, and though we solely have an hour till we make our method again to Vienna, we scramble to take a number of photographs, have some good meals and chill with our newly-made associates.

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I don’t imply to be all deep right here, however the folks you meet alongside the best way actually are an important a part of any journey. Add to {that a} choice of Europe’s best modified vehicles and sunny climate, and you’ve got a weekend that will probably be remembered for a lifetime.

Additionally, Saj hit that kerb actually laborious.

Mario Christou
Instagram: mcwpn

Further Pictures by Saj Selva
Instagram: sajselva



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