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Travelling 80edays Around the World Using No Fuel!

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New Beginning, Renewable Energy and New Ecosystem so was said at the travelogue of the 80edays around-the-world trip by electric cars held by József Helmich and Csaba Mészáros – president and owner of the evopro group at the TAMA Restaurant in Budapest.

Barcelona hosted the start off the major electric event of the year.

The ten pure electric cars and an electric bus lined up at the Arc de Triomf to participate in the ELDURO.  The end point was also at Barcelona.

Before getting into the depth of information, starting with what usually is mentioned at the end of an update wish to highlight the following fact … The winner in its category for its self-supporting, modular, full composite body Bus designed by Hungary’s evopro and manufactured by Russia’s NCC, won International Innovation Award! Now that its done, here goes the insight to the electric cars around-the-world race. Definitely had to keep in mind that anything can break down. That is why it was a key factor during the designing of Modulo to minimize the amount of parts and to avoid unnecessarily complicated details, so it was said by József Helmich.

In the 80edays tour there were 11 teams, traveled over 25000 kms, crossed over 20 countries, including three continents. The rolling teams on 80edays were Austria, China, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany I., Germany II., Germany III., Hungary Spain, Switzerland I., Switzerland II., USA with electric cars around the world. The goal was to prove, once again, the sustainability of electric vehicles.The project was initiated by Rafael de Mestre, who in 2012 managed to circle the world in 127 days. He participated this time along with the teams with a car Tesla Model S.

The rally rolled through many different geographic areas … plains, deep vallies, mountains high, narrow street sections, through a lot of potholes, due to restriction heights, barriers to bridge the bus had to change directions make detours, but they did not loose too much time in figuring out which way to continue the race and also drove over 2000 meters above sea level. In each country they travel through the teams plant a tree along with a memorial plaque.

From Europe ten cars have been transported across the Atlantic. The Electric Bus of the Hungarian team was transported by ship to Halifax/Canada that was the first North American stop. From Halifax to New York and then on the road led them throw the States to San Francisco and Los Angeles. From there on, the vehicles were flown over the Pacific Ocean, until reaching Guangzhou – China and off they drove on the road again ending the race at their starting point in Barcelona, Spain. The teams traveled 25,000 kms across 20 countries and three continents. The teams passed along iconic cities, where over 40 events were organized to raise awareness about EV technology. Residents and tourists strolling by the boardwalk stopped by viewing these electric vehicles. Many among the observers said they are hoping to travel in the future at their sub-urban and inner city areas on these gas-free buses.

After having arrived from America and Spain back to Budapest, the Modulo vehicles are now promoting electro mobility in the capital as well with two 80edays buses. Furthermore, the Hungarian-developed electric bus showed the world that electro mobility is accessible for everyone in public transportation as well.

The 80edays around-the-world electric car rally (11 EVs) set up a new world record. The teams successfully completed the navigation trip and drove the total of 289.662 kms. together across Europe, North America, and Asia with 100% electric vehicles, including the time in cross-continental transportation. At the finish line the teams were warmly welcomed and congratulated by Professor Gunter Pauli a.k.a. “The Steve Jobs of Sustainability”.  The crews had plenty of challenges on their way but successfully made their way home.

Overall, the Hungarian invented #Modulo #electricBus has successfully completed the North-American and European sections of the 80edays. The race also served as to promote awareness of sustainable transportation, fast, comfortable, silent, environmentally friendly.

More to it … rewriting the automotive history and proving the capabilities of modern electric vehicles have already become an essential part of our lives.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Hungarian National Chess Players – 42nd Olympiad – Baku – Azerbaijan – 2016.

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Opening ceremony  on Thursday, September, 1.  2016. – National Gymnastic Arena – Baku.

The competition start off  Friday, September, 2. 2016. – Crystal Hall (venue hosted the 2012 Eurovision Song).

Although CHESS – “in capital letters”  is a mind-numbing, popping out with brilliant moves, following crazy strategies, but need to have outrageous slices of luck!

Chess is known as an individual sport,  yet at the Baku Olympiad will be held within team players.

The federal captains  have had already appointed the five-strong frame in women and men chess players!

So in less than two weeks the Hungarian National Chess Players will be heading to the Olympiad Games – Baku. Regarding to the forthcoming event not an everyday press conference was held by the Hungarian Chess Federation at the  Abacus Business and Wellness Hotel – Herceghalom which actually resembled as a family get-together.

The Hungarian national chess team is experienced and has dynamic chess players. The chess player Zoltán Almási it will be participating at the 11th Chess Olympics. Richárd Rapport is in the top 20th place in the world ranking, and currently holds the 16th place and at Baku be the first tablet which will probably be on him a great psychological pressure and obviously a major challenge said  coach – Judit Polgar Men’s Team … Known as the Greatest female chess player of all time retired two years ago …  revealed she has been working hard the past year in developing the young, dynamic chess players. She expressed having much pleasure to spend a lot of time in the training camp and greatly strengthened the team in preparation period. The team’s youngest chess player Benjamin Gledura will be present at his first Olympiad Games.  Other members of the chess men’s national team is Csaba Balogh and Ferenc Berkes. Polgár also talked about her regret that  Péter Leko will not be a member of team this year. Had to accept the Grand Master‘s decision, but looking forward in participating in the future.

The women team coach – Gábor Papp also highlighted the importance in the advance preparation tasks and continued by saying, Q.: „Around the Globe there is no team most likely, that have had spent as much time, attending at six training camps before the Olympiad than we had.”As Papp also added they are attending with a well-established team and now standing at the 7th place on the leaderboard and although in the top ten the top five is very strong, he is still confident of obtaining a medal. Hoang Thanh Trang will be at the first table. Other chess players will be Anita Gara, Ticia Gara, Sidonia Vajda and Petra Papp at the Olympiad. Zoltán Rácz – Hungarian Chess Federation General Secretary  said all the conditions for preparations has been guaranteed, having given each players the confidence to sit down at the table with good conscience.”

Two years ago at Tromso – Norway the men’s team won the silver medal, while the women team closed in the 45th place.

Looking ahead and summing up … Even though Russia, China and the United States chess players are also very strong, but the big „if” at the last rounds all goes well, the Hungarians might even reach the medal place as well.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Lewis Hamilton fulfilled thrilling – Victory – Hungarian Grand Prix – Mogyoród – Hungary – 2016.

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 Hamilton took the lead into the first corner and controlled the race from there on!

Defending champion Lewis Hamilton won the 31 Formula 1 Grand Prix race this  Sunday, after the start behind was team-mate Nico Rosberg, who brought him to the second place with also another Mercedes. The third in the Red Bull  Daniel Ricciardo  and just managing to hold off Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari Sebastian Vettel finished in fourth place. Kimi Raikkonen close his race finished  within the sixth place. Hamilton’s fifth Hungaroring success, making him the most wins in the Hungarian track, in addition to the World Championship points also took over the lead.

Results to the 70 LAPS:

1 Lewis Hamilton –  (UK) Mercedes  –   1h40m30.115s

2 Nico Rosberg   –  (GER) Mercedes   –  1h40m32.092s

3 Daniel Ricciardo – ( AUS) Red Bull/Renault  – 1h40m57.654s

4 Sebastian Vettel –  (GER) Ferrari   –  1h40m58.328s

5 Max Verstappen – (NL) Red Bull/Renault  –  1h41m18.774

6 Kimi Raikkonen   –  (FIN) Ferrari  –   1h41m18.774

Behind the top six was McLaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso, followed by the Toro Rosso-Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr, Williams-Mercedes’s Valtteri Bottas and Force India-Mercedes’s Nico Hulkenberg.

This year 180000 Formula1 fans were curious to see the faster racer at Mogyoród – Hungary.

In addition to the large number of Hungarians and foreign visitors there were Formula1 fans from Mexico, China and India  being present at the Grand Prix..

 

Update by Aggie Reiter

 

XXIII. International Book Festival Budapest – 2016.

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Millenáris Park – 4 Days!

April, 21. – April, 24. 2016.

Venue: Budapest –  District II.,  16-20 Kis Rókus Street.

After the previous year’s invited country’s guest of honor, being highly successful Guest of Honour presentations  of Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Canada, China, Romania, Israel, Turkey, the European Union and the Nordic Countries they are here again to introduce the literature and the publishing industry of their country.

In 2016  we will presenting Slovakia as the Guest of Honour Country.

Dates and Opening Hours 21. April,21 – Noon – 7 p.m., 22. April, 22. 10 a.m. – 7 p-.m.,  April, 23. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.,  April, 24. 10 a.m. 7 p.m.

A great festival for book lovers. The Budapest’s International Book Festival hosts representatives of world literature and of domestic intellectual life. During the week-end can meet 100 authors from 25 countries and more than 400 Hungarian authors, scientists, and artists who will be on the spot. Therefore, a  fine occasion meetings with authors, signings sessions, book premiers and presentations, roundtable discussions, concerts, theater performances, exhibitions and films. Also meet many Hungarian and foreign authors.

Children’s Kingdom will be organized especially for young generations with promotion of children’s books and special programs for kids.

Last year opening day was dedicated to Shakespeare and Cervantes, having been commemorated the anniversary of the death of the two great poets.

More than 300 new publishing, a host of international and local authors and around 350 cultural programs make the International Book Festival in Budapest truly  worthwhile event for both locals and  foreigners staying in Hungary and naturally the tourists are  welcomed as well.

Ticket price: 500HUF (if you buy a book at the festival the entry fee will be deducted).

Update by Aggie Reiter

Skiing opportunities in-and-around Hungary

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The press conference was opened by Ruszinkó Adam – Deputy State Secretary for Tourism – Economy Ministry saying, the Hungarian winter sports tourism aspects, especially in the domestic field in skiing opportunities are in-and-around the country. The Tourism in the current year pointed out that the data in all respects shows for the positive expectation to Hungary to be this year’s most successful year ever in tourism. Continued by saying, in the first three-quarter of the year 2015., 8.16 million visited Hungary and within this number was 20.75 million guest overnight spent at commercial accommodations. The number of guests by the number of guest nights was higher than the previous year’s. In particular, domestic tourism for almost half of all overnight stays represented the number in increasing. The Deputy State Secretary emphasised to be looking  forward to a great season by Hungarian skiers. Taking into account the figures of the previous year’s season five hundred thousand Hungarian skier, keeping up in staying domestically even for just one night. A new turn in the traveling tourism could be by locals and foreigners. For many enjoy to spend time at 2 to 4 nights as a short relaxing trip to the wellness spa resorts. He added, this time can be spent absolutely and worthwhile to go up to the mountain side for skiing for also that period. This performance would positively contribute to further strengthening of the domestic tourism in the off-season period. The domestic enterprises really are unto do as best of everything in their power so that in Hungary the ski lovers could have the option of staying in Hungary for skiing. The domestic ski resorts are close in distance and on the one hand are more affordable than slopping down in other European country. For the foreigners, who just spend a short time with small children or want to have a bit of ski teaching in advance is the right place to come to enjoy the available pre-ski training at good conditions and need not have to spend a day abroad in learning the first technical, physical steps in skiing. The Hungarian ski pistes in wintertime also welcomes the ski lovers and with the well-equipped plastic shells is perfect to gain the acquired knowledge of skiing for domestic smaller kids, young adult and adults.

Tamás Glázer –  Tourism deputy general manager at Tourism – Hungary outlined the following …  Their project is „Enjoy skiing at home”. The beginners and pros skiers can enjoy themselves on the ski slopes in Hungary. The priority of the winter season tourism in stimulating the domestic and ski-related accommodations, most restaurants are small or medium-sized enterprises that accept currency in the domestic. The goodies of the Tourism vacation cards were also emphasized. The quality of domestic services reached the level to beginner to pros, everyone can feel well on different tracks. Then Tourism general manager also confirmed that the enquiries indicate already to a good chance that 2015-2016 can be a record year for tourism in Hungary.  This year’s winter season has launched 10 times within the Budapest Winter Invitation promotion campaign by the Hungarian National Tourist Office. The collaboration was already made by the providers in the tourism service by the Hungarian Association of Hotels and Restaurants. The campaign’s goal is to popularize Budapest within the winter services in increasing tourist traffic and extend the time of staying by local and foreigners visitors.

At the press conference István Chernel – Ski and Tourism Cluster talked about the name itself of Cluster. Staring with first the connected to István Chernelházi Chernel (1865 – 1922) – Hungarian ornithologist, who in 1893 (Norway) introduced the ski and skiing. More than 1893 promotional articles have been published and in 1896 he wrote and published his book titled “The Footsledge Manual” This was the first edition in history that a Hungarian describe the sport. Up to this day his works hung in the domestic skiing basics with technical skills. Cluster is designed for sport, physical activity and domestic promotion of the culture of snow sports and winter sports. Just a quick  overview of ski facilities and in skiing around the world … there are  80 countries, 2,119 ski lifts are operating a total of 26,934. More than 6 million hotels are available around the globe for skiers. On Earth more than 100 million people ski regularly, most of them in Germany (14.6 million), the US (13.6 million) and Japan (11.5 million), while in Hungary, 0.5 million (497 thousand). The number of skiers world is highly significant, but he was happy to say there is a slight change in growth, and hopefully by the locals and foreigners it will continue to increase. According to the figures, the dynamic growth in China and Eastern Europe is expected to target the non-skiers groups by 2020. More and more people are traveling for winter vacation to places. In recent years, the general trend of increase in demand for shorter (three days) ski programs (several times, shorter duration). These three factors significantly assist in the development of domestic skiing. Summarising the “Skilands” in Hungary there 42 ski trails, 70 lifts, 30 lit up at night. During daylight and lit up as it darken  at 27 ski schools. A total of 46 ski lifts in operation at the snowy field. The Cluster has 26 members, of which 10 pieces of snow-covered ski resort at Dobogókő, Eplény, Kékestető, Lillafüred, Mátraszentistván, Nagy Hideg Hegy – Great Cold Mountain, Normafa  -Norma Wood, Sátoraljaújhely, Pécs, Visegrád.

Furthermore  detailed information in English language concerning Cluster visit: http://rudar.ruc.dk/bitstream/1800/1263/1/Final-version.pdf

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER, 21. FINAL COUNTDOWN – INTERNATIONAL GALLOP RACE – BUDAPEST

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To-day was a blast of festivals going in and around several venues at Budapest. Bet many of those  tourist  staying  in Budapest may have thought they have dropped into a wonderland.  About these venue in the next update. But at first here comes a major event to be! So as for tomorrow will be in deed the grand day of the year at the Hero Square whereas the finals will take place at the 7th International Gallop Race.

Sunday morning at 8 o’clock comes the track test at 00.45 p.m.  and  at 1 p.m will be two heats of 6-6 riders and among them 3-3  will be in the final shooting off at 5.30 p.m.  and  this year’s winner at the  International Gallop  will  end with a celebration ceremony.

First Heat: 1. United Arab Emirates – horse number 8.,  2. Qatar – horse number 5., 3. United States of America – horse number 12., 4. Slovakia horse number 3., 5. Hungary, Zoltán Varga  horse number 4., 6. Czech Republic – horse number 2.

Second Heat:1. Kazakhstan horse number 11., 2. Armenia horse number 7., 3. Serbia horse number 6., 4. Bulgaria horse number 10., 5. China horse number 1., 6. Romania horse number 9, The riders had already the draw and met their “horsepower” at the Bábolna  National Stud Farm  on Thursday, September 18. See previous update:

https://rollinginbudapest.com/2014/09/18/herald-news-7th-international-gallop-hungary-2014/

More to it, something not to be seen anywhere else in the world  just in Budapest – Hungary. Upon the idea and dream of Zoltán Lázar, six-time world  champion Carriage Seabiscuit driver his dream came true with combining the Scythian and the Roman chariot into one chariot to the needs of the 21st century’s race on the tracks. The chariot race has been implemented  into the programs ever since the National Gallop Race was on. Going to be every second an eye-catching  event during the National Gallop.  The audience will be watching a race as  a little reminder of the world-famous movie … Ben Hur. The competitors are not Ben Hur relatives so they had to undergo a tough training in advance. Well tomorrow all who visit the venue and be sharp to watch the ancient Scythian rolling wheel s go by will remember their stay if not just  for this grand sport race in Budapest!

Naturally spending a full day at the International Gallop Race with a dozen of shows and attractions will be worthwhile to attend in any hour!

Update by Aggie Reiter

 

HERALD NEWS … 7TH INTERNATIONAL GALLOP – HUNGARY – 2014.

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The National Gallop, historic-style horse race based on Hungarian traditions that is both traditional and tradition, national cultural event.

A live competition and show nowhere else in the whole wide world to be seen  just in Hungary!

VENUE: HERO SQUARE – BUDAPEST

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER, 19. – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER, 21.

Roll down to have a look at the forthcoming  week-ends daily schedules.

To-day the press announcement and the draws took place at the magically beautiful Bábolna National Stud Farm  since 1789, whereas the National Gallop organizers and the International Previte 2014 Race competitors were present. Upon the welcoming words by the members of the organizers, the drawn took place. At first the competitors  number of their riding tracks, thereafter which will be their horses to shoot off  and win the competition.  Before heading to the drawing just wish to mention a word or two about the Bábolna National Stud Farm…as already mention it was founded in 1789 and the place became a major horse breeding in Hungary.Ever sinbce its existence the mission was to preserve, promote and develop the values created by the efforts of predecessors. The place is  as a huge jewellery box and well said this place bears centuries old heritage in a traditional environment. This place is well-known throughout the world where horse breeding is the major hometown to the pure-bred Arabian stock namely  known around Europe as the Shagya Arabian bred recognized as an independent bred in 1978.

Rolling back to 2014, after 6 years of having the National Gallop race in Budapest, last year, the organizers wished to wider the attention to the horse riding lovers in having International  Competitors at the National Gallop Race. The attention and the success was so high that the number of foreigner country’s horse riders this year increased from 8 to 12.  Many may remember the winner of the international gallop race of last year was the horse rider from Qatar. This year Qatar joins again to take part at the race. Also joining the event by the  United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Bulgaria and the United States of America, Uzbekistan and China.   

During the magnificent three days show there will be food and drinks of plenty at the Country’s Kitchen opening  already on Friday and just as in the previous years including: celebrity charity race, cavalry gallop, race car as well as a variety of programs for children, young adult, family i.e. for all age the venue is open.

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DAY1.

Friday, September, 19.

The Country Kitchen opens up, visitors may roll over to the venue and see the awesome racetrack already awaiting for the gallop race.

DAY2.

Saturday, September, 20.

8 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. – Riders experiencing the racetrack

11.45 p.m. – 12 Noon – Wreath-laying ceremony at the Hungarian Heroes Memorial Stone.

12 Noon – 1 p.m.  – International Gallop opening ceremony and the vows

1.15 p.m. – 1.45 p.m. – Hungarian Post (Magyar Posta) Little Knights Seabiscuit – Heat- 1 –  2 – 3

2 p.m.- 6p.m. – Heat 1 – 2 – 3 – 4  –  5  – 6

3.50 p.m.- 4 p.m. I. pre race Carriage

4.15 p.m.- 4.45 p.m.  Heat 7 – 8

4.55 p.m.- 5 p.m. Equestrian Theater  show on tour

5 p.m. – 5.15 p.m. OTP Bank  – Celebrity Charity Race

5.15 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. Heat   9 – 10 –  11 – 12

6.45 p.m. – 6.50 p.m. Wagon-wheel race

6.50 p.m. – 7 p.m. Carriage Seabiscuit

7.10 p-m. – 7.20 p.m. Dog Parade

7.20 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free to visit the field!

DAY3.

Sunday, September, 21. 

9.45 a.m. – 9.55 a.m. Para Equestrian Sports Show and competitive games Foal Champion

10.05 a.m. 10.45 a.m. National Gallop – semi-finals

11 a.m. – 12.45 p.m. First, Middle second race, 3, 4 medium term,5th medium-term

12.45 p.m. – 1 p.m. International Race – I semi-final, Race

1 p.m. – 1.15 p.m.  International Race –  – II. semi-final

1.30 p.m. – 2.15 p.m.  Equestrian Jumping competition, free dressage

2.30 p.m. – 2.45 p.m. Akhal-Teke, the wonder horse  show

3.15 p.m. – 4 p.m. Lajos Kassai – Horseback Archery show

4.20 p.m. – 6.22 p.m. Equestrian stunt show, free dressage

Wranglers and bare-fives Tutorial, 48-Traditional knights battle scene Tutorial

Small Knights Seabiscuit – Final, awards

Carriage Seabiscuit – Final, awards, National Gallop final race of opening

International Race – Final, awards, National Gallop Awards Ceremony

6.22 p.m.  Stud drive

Last but not least  … “Rural Saddle, Saddle Hungary!”… goes out to the countrywide locals, tourist, foreigners staying, living in Budapest and foreigners from abroad who will choose in the coming week-end to be a part at an unforgetable superb event spiced up with an awesome show which is only once a year  held in Budapest ! So the RACE IS ON!!!  …But you don’t have to race, the International Gallop Race is free of charge! Only need to purchase tickets to sit at the grandstand

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter