Roland Düringer
Africa Twinis

Hotel Böhlerstern, Theatersaal

At dawn on 1.1.1986 in Paris, the starting signal is fired for the toughest desert race in the world, the Paris-Dakar Rally. In twenty-one days, and after 15,000 km, the Frenchman Cyril Neveu with his Honda NXR 750 will be the first to reach the finish line at Lac Rose, a salt lake 30 km north of Dakar. At the same time, on New Year’s Day 1986, a shot will also be fired in Engelbrechts in the snow-covered Waldviertel. A backfire. A second kick, followed by a rattle. Shortly afterwards a second rattle. Two smoking two-strokes set off in a southerly direction. Their destination: Dakar. barely after three hours Engelbert Fröschl and Alois Zankl, on their two Puch MCH 250 and 14,978 km north from Dakar will have to end their journey to Africa with a technical defect and, in icy winds and a perceived minus 25 degrees Celsius, come to the conclusion: “Dakar is not around the corner”. Engl and Loisl have learned their lesson and this time – more than thirty years later – nothing is left to chance. Matured, mentally grown, in full bloom and technically up to date, the AFRICA TWINIS are determined to conquer the desert with their high-tech motorcycles and to reach their goal no matter what: Lac Rose, 30 km north of Dakar. It may well be that the world has grown together over the last 30 years: but Dakar is still not around the corner.