yah, ich bein ein berliner. WTF. Is ther a translation? So far this summer I am doing this: (To be published in the uscra newsletter soon)
PS. Our son is from just North of Transylvania (Andrei Evil)
This is Alin from Transylvania Riders moto club.
I want to invite you to our club rally: Eastern European Vintage Bike Rally 2007.
Details here http://www.riders.transylvania.bz.
Please let me know if you consider our event attractive and you can include something in your newsletter.
I also send you a very well written article about our rally; if you want more information or photos just let me know.
Best regards from Transylvania and "Noroc" - that's Cheers in Romanian!
Invitation to the second Eastern European Vintage Bike Rally, Transylvania, July 2007
Organized by the Transylvania Riders motorcycle club.
As you can imagine this is about stunning scenery and terrific places to ride. Transylvania and the Carpathian mountains are the very best parts of Romania. The main roads apart from the major truck ways are mostly quiet and on the small roads traffic is an exception. Romania has recently become EU member and is charming and has the feel and energy of England as we remember it in the 60's.
The arrival date is Thursday July 20th with the events going over the weekend of the 20th to the 22nd and leaving on the Monday the 23rd.
The Transylvania riders club of Turda has about 30 members all of which work for the club and all love bikes. They all have road bikes of one form or another and part of the rally consists of ride outs to show you the best scenery.
The club members are interested in classic machinery and especially German and British or Japanese bikes because they come from the era when they were closed off from the rest of Europe. This rally is for everyone on whatever sort of bike and irrespective of age or size. There is a very good mix of machinery in the club so do not worry about coming on your Matchless or Vincent or BMW or other occidental bike.
The club is running their second international rally next year in June. 50 years ago the town ran an annual rally and street racing and now we will see the street races also restarted. The rally is in Turda a town with a lovely atmosphere, classic architecture and a rich past. If you are looking at a map of Romania then Turda and the Turda Gorges are in north central Romania about 30km south of Cluj Napoca.
Apart from the ride outs there will be the normal socializing made all the more interesting by the international nature and the diversity of machinery. Once you realize the price of good beer and wine you will probably not want to return.
You can stay at the very special and very luxurious Dracula Hotel. There is secure parking and it is just off the middle of the town as are the other two standard but good hotels. Or you can camp in your own tent.
Plenty of English is spoken and you will find the people are friendly and open. No visa is required and you can get green card extension insurance from your insurer to cover Romania.
So if you think you might like a rally with an element of adventure then do come to the second one. More than 90 British bikers attended the event in 2006.
This could be a package holiday, as Transylvania Live, a tour operator specialized in tours in Transylvania offer a 7 day tour with Budapest Departure, with a good long interesting ride and with a rally at the end and then a different ride back. There are no bad routes and the whole point of a distant rally is to enjoy what you see getting there.
Its TT style race in down Bremerhaven. Except its vintage and modern... but there is no light blue flag to slow down. Its a real race and they call it the nothern Monte Carlo.
If I can't get to it this year, I'm definately doing it next year. I found out all kinds of info on it while I was in Germany and think its worth trying. Plus I want to see someone race a modern 600 through the downtown area.