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Fourth day of the Tannistest

15/10/2014 20:08 | 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)
It was elk-test day. And a Mercedes hybrid will-it-drift-test day. And discover a nazi bunker day.

Nothing stood in the way of the well-known elk-test, which has to be taken by every Car of the Year contestant. The weather was perfect, the sunny sky and dry asphalt made for ideal conditions. A slalom-course was also prepared on the runway of a nearby airport. The cars were driven by Marianne Sterner, while Hakan Matson was sitting in the co-driver’s seat taking notes - the jury members were only watching the game, not controlling it. This year’s test results haven't been published yet (last year’s list is here), but count on us to share it with you, dear readers, as soon as they're released.

On day three we drove the Mercedes C300 STW Blue Tec Hybrid, but only briefly. As it was very interesting, we had to grab its keys again. And you probably know by now what happened next. Of course we took it to the beach, it’s a 272 PS rear wheel-drive!
As we don’t drive all day long, we have some time to take a look at the surroundings of our hotel. One day I discovered a concrete structure peeking out behind one of the sand dunes. Surely it can't be a bunker... or can it?
Well, yesterday, as I walked through the parking lot, I passed a huge bush. A huge bush hiding another concrete structure. It was no doubt a World War 2 bunker.
These bunkers, built by nazi Germany were part of the famous Atlantic wall, meant to protect from an allied invasion. 
I already spotted this bush last year, but thought nothing of it. Better late than never.

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