Trabant expedition likely to set out from Perth at weekend
The “Trabants across Australia and Southeast Asia” expedition appears set to start from Perth at the weekend after the authorities allowed the nine-member crew of Czechs, Poles, and Slovaks access to their vehicles. The cars, sometimes labelled the ‘world’s worst’, were once the apple of the eye of the East German car industry. The team made its name previously using the vehicles to travel across Africa and South America.
“We expected there would be problems but we didn’t think it would take quite this long. We thought we would leave a week earlier but we’ll try and make up the lost time.
The journey, which was funded by the Czech answer to kickstarter, will take around four months. Along the way, as in the past, members of the expedition will film the adventure, which promises many peripatetic moments, to eventually be turned both into a feature film and a TV series.
Past adventures showed the revamped Soviet-era plastic Trabants – to be remarkably resilient – or if not, at least fairly easy to fix. They may not be the most comfortable cars, Přibáň told Radio Prague in a past interview, but the great thing is that all you need in most situations if something goes wrong is a hammer and a screwdriver. Well, occasionally locals’ help is asked for as well.
The team is now well-known for their yellow-painted cars and accompanying motorcycles and Fiat, braving tough conditions indeed. When they were in South America, they travelled a stretch of broken highway that hadn’t been used for decades and was being reclaimed by the jungle. This time, Australia and Southeast Asia will present new obstacles, no doubt, which many will look forward to watching from the comfort of their own homes.