Sunday, 10 May 2015

Scooter fan Martin's epic Nuneaton to Europe charity ride reported by the Coventry Telegraph

Scooter fan Martin Round has set off an a two-wheeled journey across Europe, stopping off at 18 twin towns along the way and covering more than 5,600 miles. 

Leaving his wife and teenage son behind in Nuneaton, he will spend seven weeks in the saddle of a Lambretta SX200, on a solo mission to explore the concept of town-twinning arrangements. 

“The idea is to act as a courier, delivering photographs between each port of call and compiling observations for a book I am planning to write,” said Martin, 47. 

“I decided to do this after reading an article that said some British towns were ‘un-twinning’ from places they once had strong ties with, which I feel is not only a bit rude but also a shame. 

“It is my intention to investigate the attitudes to twinning in other countries and whether or not the practice still has any relevance in the modern world.” 

Martin – known as Sticky to his friends – writes for Scootering Magazine and is the author of a best-selling Lambretta manual. He has also published a travel book “Frankenstein Scooters to Dracula’s Castle” about a journey he took in 2013 with his family and friends, riding from Italy to Istanbul via Romania. 

For his latest adventure, he was given a civic send-off by Nuneaton and Bedworth mayor and mayoress Brian and Di Hawkes and headed away from the Town Hall, followed by a posse of fellow scooter club members. 

After crossing by ferry from Portsmouth to Santander, Martin will embark on a route to include Nuneaton’s three twin towns – Guadalajara (Spain), Roanne (France) and Cottbus (Germany) – along with two cities with connections to Coventry - Dresden (Germany) and Ostrava (Czech Republic). 

He will also visit Parma (Italy), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Rijeka (Croatia), Centinje (Montenegro), Niš (Serbia), Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria), Iasi (Romania), Chișinău (Moldova), Chernivtsi (Ukraine), Košice (Slovakia), Nowy Sącz (Poland) and Rotterdam (Netherlands). 

He said: “I plan to spend 24 hours in each of the towns, learning about their twinning arrangements and exchanging information. The point is to go to places not necessarily on the tourist trail and get a feel for life on the other side of the fence.” 

Martin, who first started riding scooters – illegally – at the age of 15, has arranged lodgings via contacts with fellow enthusiasts and will be recording his experiences on line at

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