Monday, 18 July 2016

Red Star 2016

The East European Rally, or Red Star Rally if you prefer, is held every four years. It brings together members of the three main owners clubs in the UK: the Cossack Owners Club, for soviet-era bikes, the MZ Riders Club, for those from the former East Germany (DDR), and the Jawa/CZ Owners Club, for bikes made in the former Czechoslovakia. It also normally attracts a number of overseas riders, usually from the Netherlands.

Trabant P601 Saloon
IZH Planeta 3
Ural 650 outfit
Jawa 175 'Old Red'
CZ & Jawa 350s
Ural M66 650
Despite the weather putting some people off attending this year there was still a healthy representation from all three clubs.

Dutch -registered Chang Jiang M1 750
Unfortunately, drive-shaft problems saw it needing towed home
On the Saturday morning a few of us decided to visit the nearby Bubblecar Museum. This was a great wee place and I'll do a separate post for that in a bit. 

Saturday night saw motorcycle adventurer Austin Vince give a bit of a talk. If you've never heard of him you really should look him up.

He has been riding bikes all around the world since the 80s and you really should try and get hold of a copy of his first film, Mondo Enduro. Made on a shoestring budget, it puts to shame the more recent trips by Ewan McGregor & Charlie Boorman.

Dnepr MT9 650 'Sport'
CZ 175 Trail
Jawa Rotax 650
Dnepr MT11 650 outfit
All too soon it was time to head back up the motorway. Same again in another four years, please.

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