Two Stroke Films Euro-Lambretta trailer | VIDEO
Paul ‘Woodsy’ Woods from Two Stroke Films gives SLUK readers the first showing of his fabulous video trailer from the road to Adria.
There will be many tales from many groups of cross-continental derring-do on the way to this year’s international rallies, but I’ll wager very few will be as beautifully edited as this.
Woodsy captured the journey of his group travelling 2,000 miles from Manchester to Adria by Lambretta (and a Vespa) via both the Gotthard and Fluella Passes.
Stars of the show:
The 9-strong group included:
Lee Maddocks (Route planner, navigator, mechanic)
Carl Marshall (Vespa!)
As is usual on this sort of adventure, nothing went exactly to plan as Paul explained:
“We arrived home a day late due to so many issues on the return leg. In fact only 5 of the original 9 returned to Manchester from the ferry! 2 of the 9 had to go via Dover due to a passport being send back in a van from Adria.”
We’ll let you know when the full movie is available. In the mean time if you’d like to check out more of Woodsy’s excellent videos, check out his Vimeo channel.
Motorail – shortcut to the Alps
While we have you here watching videos, here’s a little SLUK feature about our experiences on the Austrian OBB Motorail service from Innsbruck to Dusseldorf.
VIDEO | Steve's guided tour of the OBB Motorail
I was under the mistaken belief that many of the Motorail services across Europe had stopped, but in fact this service, which connects Innsbruck-Dusseldorf-Hamburg has been taken over by Austrian train company OBB.
We never planned to catch the train, but we we told about it by an oddball scooterist from the Black Coutry (is there any other sort) called Steve in an Alpine hotel. It seemed an interesting way to save a day’s riding and try a new experience. By the time we tried booking on-line we’d built it up in our heads to be nothing short of the Orient Express.
Sadly our confirmed weekend booking through a hopelessly inept Dutch website turned out to be nothing of the sort. Apparently they don’t work weekends, were on holiday on Monday and don’t have a direct booking connection with the rail operator. Net result; an email on the day of travel to say we didn’t actually have any tickets, sorry!
Thankfully a visit to Innsbruck train station sucured us a 3-berth cabin and 2 bike spaces for €130 per person. Given that the train takes you 550 miles north overnight and saves you accommodation and a shit-load of fuel and oil, that’s not too bad.
My advice in future would be to book direct with OBB, if you can successfully navigate their painful website. Or better still, just phone them.
What we got for €130:
- Motorcycle space – they help you load
- Berth in a cabin
- Small ‘welcome’ bottle of bubbly
- A porter from a Harry Potter movie to make up your beds
- A choice of breakfast delivered on a tray to your cabin
- An unwanted Chinaman ushered into the third bed in our cabin in the middle of the night after he got on in Augsburg. Clearly we assumed that the cabin was exclusively ours, but that is the problem with assumption.
Would we do it again?
Good question. As an experience it’s a bit like getting a ferry but without the seasickness, but additionally having nowhere to go but your cabin.
If I was on a tight time-table to or from the Alps (like we were) then it saves some time and even money depending on ticket cost, but probably not is the answer. It’s an experience but it’s certainly not the Orient Express…