From Magadan to Lisbon
With this tour Rainer Zietlow set with his long-term team mate, photographer and cameraman Marius Biela, and the Russian journalist from Auto Mail.Ru, Petr Bakanov, his fourth long-distance world-record.
Once again Zietlow chose the Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI for this great transcontinental trip from Magadan, the most Eastern city in Russia that can be reached by car, to Lisbon, the most Western city in continental Europe. The car was equipped with a rollover cage, additional tanks, bigger tyres and stronger headlights.
The team completed the 15145 km long stretch through eleven time zones in 6 days and 9 hours, starting in Magadan at July 1, 2016. The most difficult part were the first 3000 km, also known as the Road of Bones which is a bumpy gravel road, a challenge for man and machine - and only passable in the right weather conditions. The region around Moscow was another bottleneck with heavy traffic and lots of road work. After crossing Russia in less than five days, the team passed through Belarus, Poland, Germany, France, Spain and reached finally Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.
Since 2005 Rainer Zietlow supports SOS Children’s Villages with each of his projects. This time he visited a SOS Children’s Village close to Minsk, Belarus, and handed over a donation of 10 Euro-cents for every travelled kilometer.