World Rally Championship – Salou, Catalunya, Espana 2015.

Asco n41.18647 e0.56827 Free Aire.

Of coarse the real reason were here on this side of Spain, is for Spanish leg of the World Rally Championship held in and around Salou, so we headed for stage 2, the gravel.
Thursday, we arrived on a free aire in Asco, up in the hills, I had a scout round on Frankie to find the stage (Mora de Ebra) and we were all clued-up for day one.
Up early Friday & a chilly thrap into the hills and a walk to find a good spot. The sun came out and we had a great day watching both legs of the ‘Mora’ stage, something I’ve wanted to do for such a long time, but can not justify paying over Β£100 to the Welsh organisers, (warning…here comes a rant!) to stand in a field all day in the fog/rain/wind & cold when 90% of the other rallys around the world are free, totally free!!… Β£100 each!…Come on Taffs, sort it out! Someone’s got a nice big house ‘av’nt they??!! Well you’er not ‘avin any of my money, I’ll watch it on the telly… boy’o! Rant over.
The cars kick up so much dust, many ‘wise’ spectators had dust masks & umbrellas, but not us, ho no! Covered we were, every time a car went by a cloud of dust plumed up & blew our way. I didn’t mind, it all shook off on the ride back to the Aire on Frankie. Top day.

Wrc dust

Wrc dust

There go the Brits ...come on Evans, is't he Welsh?

There go the Brits …come on Evans, hang on…is’t he Welsh?

There's Angie, watching from the other bank (2nd run)

There’s Angie, watching from the other bank (2nd run)


Day two (Sat) drive down to Salou, found a nice little side road to park up, just 1km south of the town, wild & free! Cycled into Salou, found a good veiwing spot on a corner & enjoyed the next hour of the WRC cars screeching & popping around the track. A free stop-over, a Guinness, a Chip butty & a Rally stage, top day!!! Angie said she rally enjoyed it too (groan) & bought me a new T-Shirt. Going to cycle in again on Sunday to see the presenations, may have another chip
butty… then that’s the end of the (ahem) plan.

Salou was closed to traffic.

Salou was closed to traffic. Note, palm trees!

Finally…it’s been nearly 2 months since I’ve seen a chip & I do love a proper chip, not those ‘fries’ things. It seems the French & Spanish just don’t do ’em. But the Paddys do!!!, find an Irish bar & you’ll find every possibility of how to cook a potato on the menu, Iv’e had three types of spud in one meal befrore! So in Salou, just south of Terragona, there just HAD to be an Irish bar with chips & Guinness … Bingo! …or should I say, slauncher!

Chips & Guinness, Iv'e been waiting for this!

Chips & Guinness, Iv’e been waiting for this!

Paddys on a hill

Paddys on a hill

Early! Tie Frankie to a tree.

Early! Tie Frankie to a tree.

Beer in Lidl 55c per 500ml!

You can get Beer in Lidl for 38 cents per 500ml! But I prefer the 55c option….Class!

Best ge stocked up!

Best get stocked up! Just noticed me in the left mirror.

Have a good week. Wayne.

6 thoughts on “World Rally Championship – Salou, Catalunya, Espana 2015.

  1. Stanbytheway

    God bless the Mik’s I have found a pint of Guinness all over the World, and it always puts a smile on my face when it happens….. Hahahaha

  2. john & sheila

    hi wayne & angie,
    that all looks really nice. Frankie seems to be earning his keep. you can get into a lot of places with that where cars can’t get in. i didn’t think you would miss the chip butty, can you get tripe there too?.
    the climate seems to be suiting you both. how are you getting on with the locals do most of them speak english. do they like the english?. have you tasted the spanish wines?. have you got a set plan or do you just go where you think is best on the day.

    we are off to Edithburgh for a week with ian & eileen. its about 400klm away by road and 15klm as the crow flies.the Melbourne cup race will be next tuesday so we will be in the local pub watching that.

    have a good and safe trip.
    john & sheila

    1. Wayne Post author

      Hi J&S πŸ™Œ, yes there is Tripe available, but we don’t eat stuff like that, as you know 😏. Most days it’s 20-25Β°,rarly rains during the day, we guess 80% of people we meet speak English, but we do try a bit of French & Spanish.Spanish wine, roja… Mmmm? Not for us, we stick with the French or Ozzy juice. The plan? Tbh, there really isn’t one! We just have a down-day & have a look around at what’s local, the overall plan is,to pootle down towards Gibraltar or cut across to Savile, then we can have a good think about Marrocco. Hope you have a good trip 😎 keep us posted. Wayne.

  3. Lee cheeseman

    You’re making me just a wee bit envious mate…. I’m enjoying your blog lots… Let me tell you about mine… STAYING AWAY, WORKIN LIKE A DOG, DRINKING LIKE A FISH, (actually I’m not, I’m stone cold sober in case I “get that call”) CRANES, CRANES AND MORE CRANES!!! Don’t ya just love em? Haha… Joking its all good on cheesefarm. I’ll be a dad again in a little under a month with the bird of me dreams. Look forward to the next blog and Wayne… Stay classy πŸ˜„

    1. Wayne Post author

      Now we both know your a reformed AA member, so I can’t believe the drinking bit.πŸ˜€ glad you like the blog, the best of luck with the birth πŸŽ† another mini chedder! perhaps you could alow yourself a Baily’s that day. 😎


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