Last week whilst we were squelching around Alfreton at ScooterExpo the German HQ of SIP Scootershop was basking in glorious sunshine as they hosted their second Tacho Karacho sprint event. There aren’t many scooter shops around the world where you can have a 1/4 mile sprint event like this outside your front door and even SIP managed to upset their neighbours at this one…
Germans like to do things with style and this event is run like clockwork with enough razzamatazz to make MotoGP look like an amateur club meeting. This is scooter sprinting SIP and DBM, full factory style. Brolly dollies, champagne, factory teams – the full works.
The event was hosted professionally and entertainingly by the DAZN host, Harald Birk, and the DBM co-organiser, Andre Scholz. Right bang outside SIP’s impressive facade.
With over 40 top riders from Germany, Austria and Italy the competition was fierce. As usual, the contingent from Italy proved to be strong and included top riders such as Simone Bertani from BFA and Ivan Maghini from Tiniracing. Claudio Maffi from Team Cinquini claimed victory in the “Best of All” category, however.
The top German riders from recent years all found themselves grappling with problems or were eliminated due to technical difficulties.
Gone in 6 seconds
Frank Schiemer made it through to the final to do battle with the quick Italians, but narrowly failed to cut the mustard there. Maffi put down a new record for the event, requiring just 6.52 seconds for the 150m sprint, including reaction time. Some six drivers in the field achieved a maximum speed of approximately 137 km/h over the short distance from a standing start.
Regrettably, there were two unfortunate incidents. Julian Junginger lost control of his scooter just after the start and crashed, and had to be treated in hospital. Luckily, he was back on the circuit by the end of the day though. The day also saw something of an unusual incident that has never been seen before in this racing series. A resident in the industrial area felt upset by the race while drinking coffee and ended up spraying water over the braking zone on the circuit. The surprised drivers were luckily able to respond in good time, however, and avoided an accident or injuries at speeds of more than 100 km/h. Although the race had to be interrupted.
The incident failed to put a dampener on the day’s great atmosphere though. In the evening, the drivers, visitors and helpers got together in the town centre and celebrated the race and SIP’s 25th anniversary at a soul night. A little tired, but with new contacts and friends, the drivers parted ways over the Alps.
As you’d expect from SIP, the trophies were well worth winning. Blocks of solid wood branded with the race class and logos, then finished off nicely with an engraved piece of local slate. Classy.
Claudio Maffi took away the coveted Best of All trophy away with him. A tasty award worthy of displaying on any mantlepiece.
We’ll leave you to check out the SIP gallery below, some tasty machines, including a few photos of the Vespa PX twin you’ll have seen floating around the internet recently.
SLUK Plastics at SIP
SIP Tach Karacho Gallery
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