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My RCZ went home - Magna Steyr Factory !!!

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Hi,

Some of you RCZ'ers will know I went on the Austrian trip organised by DanRo,

what you might not know is I didn't come straight home afterwards and thought I'd do a bit of a road trip of my own!

Since I was already in Austria and it was only 513kms, I thought I'd take the R home....

to the factory where she was born..

the route
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which way?
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a pitstop for some fast food;

well one has to eat n pee somewhere lol
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I didn't get all the way in the day so stayed at this hotel which was only 14km from Graz, it had just been refurbished and was excellent
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what do you do with your old car? use it for plant displays
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well the next day I arrived at the factory, the security guard wasn't to pleased to see me, he said I could take a quick picture if I stayed out of the way, so I did;
Back Home.......
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I managed two before he come and asked me to move
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Not quite the same, so I thought you know what after traveling all this way - bugger it I'm off
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So where now?

Well I thought I'd go to Slovenia but first to Bad Radkersburg still in Austria
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this is Bad Radkersburg
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Made it ! Slovenia
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though I thought they were a bit two faced to be honest !!!
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this was in Gornja Radgona, Slovenia which had a really fast flowing deep river
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from here my next leg was to drive across Slovenia on the A5 to Croatia but not after a snack...
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Then onto A5 - notice Budapest
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onto Mursko Središće, Croatia
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Now I did make it to Croatia, here I'am having a break
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It's 25 degrees - nice
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but now I have to confess, for I was going to go to Hungary, then Slovakia, then Czechoslovakia. BUT this is where it all went wrong !!!
For the Police at the Border in Croatia, took a dislike to me, my car, my number plate... well everything really.
I forgot my registration document along with my insurance, which was sat at home on the side of my computer table.
I don't think it helped that I at first thought it was a toll, and came out of the car, obviously I'm at the wrong side to the booth so have to get out. This I did with a wad of cash in my hand !! She probably thought I was going to bribe her. Well bless her she had a better beard than my son and she looked only 30 ish. She didn't speak much English apart from papers ! papers ! - I gave her my passport and drivers licence, she kept them and went for her boss.
Now a 50 something Sergeant comes along, she had no personality at all. She said that I was trying to drive into Croatia with a stolen car on plastic number plates ( which she at one point tried to rip off - I kid you not ), I told her I was on a driving holiday and going onto Hungary, she throwned at me why you drive racing car all over Europe with NO PAPERS !!! Now I have a personal number plate but it is legal with no added characters, though they may not be the correct font or spacing. But I did not have a GB badge on the plate or on the car - BIG NO NO. She was not happy,
where you come from? what you do? ( arghh - what you do !!! ?? ) at this point she got really cross and told me I can wait for THREE hours for causing them troubles !
they told me to park in between both lanes in and out, so everyone could have a good look at the monkey in the white racing car. eventually she came out and told me to follow her assistant which I did, right into her office which was the wrong thing to do, upset again she locked me in a holding cell, that had a big window so they could see me. Well there I was in a foreign country not speaking the language and locked in a room. So I scanned the walls for something in English, I saw a poster but it was near the floor, so I knelt down to read it. Now did I say I was in a room with a big glass window? well guess what - she couldn't see me now and must of thought I'd escaped or something, so she came rushing over and barged through the door. Well I nearly crapped myself and she jumped a mile when she saw me now on the floor. !!!
Well the upshot of all this excitement - she said we have a solution !!! We fine you !!!
So after signing some unknown Croatian papers and handing over a substantial wad of cash ( which probably paid for their Christmas Party ) they let me go.
Oh yes the fines.... 1 for no papers and 2 for no GB badge. That'll teach me.
Anyway thoroughly hacked off I drove into Croatia stopped as above and drove back out into Slovenia.
From here I drove to Germany and made my way back home via Belgium and France to Dunkirk.
I did the following countries;

1. ENGLAND
2. FRANCE
3. BELGIUM
4. LUXEMBOURG
5. GERMANY
6. SWITZERLAND
7. ITALY
8. AUSTRIA
9. SLOVENIA
10. CROATIA

And I covered nearly three thousand miles home to home !!
Last edited by Plecodoras on Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:20 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Post Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:33 am
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awesome trip and great photos. there's probably a good book in there somewhere if you have time to write it..... :eusa-whistle:
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Post Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:05 am
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What a great read! Give us some more of it :greetings-wavingblue:
Yes, indeed you need to treat the police/officials in those post-communism countries in a certain way. I also had few encounters with them and the RCZ was like a red carpet to them. But all went good at the end.
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Post Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:14 pm
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Thanks guys !!

Yes I tried to condense it and left quite a bit out.

Remember the snack stop? well I wasn't really hungry at this point but thought I might not see somewhere for a bit,
so I bought a whopping chicken and veg sandwich.
Then here I am stopped in between the lines of Romanians and Croatians coming and going, I've had my only can what now? mmm I'm a bit hungry I thought, I know I'll eat that lovely sandwich from earlier. Did I say it was a whopper, well it was huge and full of mayonnaise. Three bites in and it's all over my face ! when yes you guessed it along comes Sarg with her bearded friend, to tell me of solution!
So there I am wiping my face from all the mayonnaise " it's ok you eat - wait here, we do paperwork !"
Then they were back, this time her progeny ( she must have been - lol ) had a little note book.
"Give me your name and address" says Sarg, so I oblige spelling it all phonetically while she translated !!! to her daughter ( upgraded now - I had decided she was her daughter ) Now what this was for I don't know, for Christ sake they had my passport and driving license, couldn't they get my name from them? or was she after a partner, :wtf: and one day I'll get a knock at my door to a Bearded 30 year old, with her mother, father, grandma and grandpa all with their cases !!!
Well I did sign the papers saying I will support them if they ever travel to the UK !! ( well it could have said that - it was all in Croatian, I didn't have a clue what I was signing )..
So, the moral of this story....

Don't forget your PAPERS or you sign up to the "Compulsory Order of Croatian Kinship" or ( COCK ) for short !

Cheers n Beers :beer:
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Post Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:53 pm
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Yes quiet a trip you did Mick.

Are you ready for the next one ;)
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Post Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:07 pm
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Super road trip troubles and all makes for great memories! Shame Magna Stayer was a bit of a let down :thumbdown: how many Z owners can say they returned with their car to the factory where it was manufactured? :thumbup:
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Post Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:18 pm
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neilgsxr69 wrote:
Super road trip troubles and all makes for great memories! Shame Magna Stayer was a bit of a let down :thumbdown: how many Z owners can say they returned with their car to the factory where it was manufactured? :thumbup:


Born dear chap, born.

Something as beautiful as the RCZ must have been born !

Oh to answer your question..... me for one. :beer:
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Post Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:20 pm
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DanRo wrote:
Yes quiet a trip you did Mick.

Are you ready for the next one ;)


Yeah bring it on, heart attack or no heart attack. :wtf: :shock:
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very nice mick .I'm jealous

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bailey wrote:
very nice mick .I'm jealous



Hey Mick nice you found the Forum !

Don't be jealous - just get signed up for the Dolomites - I'll take care of you, just don't mention the Police - LOL

Cheers.
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