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Day five: ferry, plane, alcohol

Everything comes to an end

04/10/2013 13:46 | Comments: 

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Sipi is a fairy who hangs above us like a huge, ever-smiling, men’s fragrance-smelling umbrella. He can be called anytime, anywhere to lend a helping hand, and he’ll be there in an hour with one of his Transits for sure. A dangerously maniac car collector (the street in front of his house is full of his vehicles), a radio-control and model car freak, Sipos is a Swiss knife made of human flesh. Totalcar is just one job amongst his zillion occupations, but he endears it the most. Lives with a girlfriend and two dogs.

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  • Mitsubishi Sigma 3.0 24V (1992)
  • Mazda 323 TXL 4WD (1990)
  • 4 long-nose Transits (a 4x4 fire engine, a fire department staff car, an ex-Irish ambulance and an extremely oversized panel van, 1980-1984)
  • Dacia 1300 (1975, being restored)
  • Ford Capri 2.9i (1982)
  • Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL 4.5 (1972)
  • Ford Sierra Tournier 2.9i drift-car (1992)
  • Mazda 121 4dr (1993)
  • Suzuki VS1400 Intruder (1989)
  • Suzuki GSX 750 New Katana (1984)
  • Kawasaki Z1000 Police (1993)
  • Aprilia Habana (2000)
  • Volga M24 wagon (1984)
  • Ural M62 (1968, in pieces)
We hated to leave Tannisby, but challenges are awaiting us at home, too.

Thursday morning we had to leave the little Danish village called Tannisby and the handful of cars we didn't get to test of the altogether 70. Don't worry, we managed to drive the most important ones. It would have been great to enjoy the company of all the other jury members, the representatives of the car makers and their staff a little longer. We have learned a great deal from them and have collected new experiences, too.

We hopped in our taxi and headed to the port to catch the huge ferry that took us back to Göteborg (Gothenburg). Well, the ferry might only have seemed oversized only to us, Hungarians, but we have no seas, and although Balaton is the largest lake in Europe, it would probably overflow if mighty Thor decided to play with a similar ferry toy-boat in our little pond.

Ferries between Sweden and Denmark are interesting places as alcohol is sold in the onboard shops tax-free. Alcohol is very expensive in Sweden, only available in special shops called Systembolaget, so many Swedes jump at the opportunity to stock up at the duty free, even buying family-sized bottles of whiskey. Fortunately we didn't see groups of pissed travellers on the ferry, but our luck changed at Göteborg City Airport.

A group of thirty yelling Swedes were running around with glasses full of beer in the crowd. We were hoping that they would take another plane, but no luck. And the loudest ones were sitting in front of us and behind us. It wasn't a pleasant journey, let me tell you. Feeling the tall blond guy's elbow in my back through the thin backrest wasn't nearly as comforting as the Merc S500's massage seat. And these fellas kept buying further Jägermeisters and beers during the two-hour flight.

We had spent four hours in Göteborg and luckily the people of the city were absolutely nothing like this. Göteborg is a really lovely place with a very relaxing atmosphere.The closest we got to traces of aggression on the streets of Göteborg was by the billboard post. During the 15 minutes we spent sitting on a bench next to it, taking advantage of a 7 eleven store's free wifi, we saw three bill posters tacking their bills on top of those the previous one posted. Hooligans!

So, we're back, trying to get some sleep. Stay tuned for further reviews!

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