Vampire fan from Thorncombe fulfills unusual dream trip to Transylvania (From Chard & Ilminster News)
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Vampire fan from Thorncombe fulfills unusual dream trip to Transylvania
A FATHER of two from Thorncombe has fulfilled his passion for classic machinery and Christopher Lee films after dressing up as Dracula on a bike tour around Transylvania.
Nick Cunningham, 47, was accompanied by his friend Nick Jackson, who rode alongside him in a coffin-shaped sidecar while dressed as Frankenstein’s monster, in true Hammer film style.
The three-day trip, took in some of the landmarks made famous by Bram Stoker’s classic novel, including Dracula’s legendary Bran Castle in Brasov.
The duo also visited the medieval Saxon city of Sibiu on the edge of the Transylvanian Alps and passed through soaring mountains and splashing rivers before hitting the Transfagarasan Highway – described as the best road in the world on Top Gear.
Although an avid biker since he was 15 years old, it was only recently when Nick came to renew his bike insurance with Bennetts that he noticed the invitation from Bennetts Biking Dreams to submit his dream biking trip.
He described the bizarre dream as the perfect coping mechanism for what felt like a mid-life crisis.
Nick, who owns a marketing company in London, said: “My life had become a routine of childcare, work and more childcare. I hit the crisis moment where I just needed to break out of a routine and do something completely off the wall!
“It has been brilliant to escape the humdrum of London and to motorcycle into the mystical world of Transylvania. My wife thinks I’m nuts but was only too happy to let me go and live out my dream.
“Learning how to ride with a coffin-shaped sidecar which has been a little bit challenging and it’s no surprise that we have received some pretty odd looks from the locals. For a memorable experience it doesn’t get much better than this.”
Bennetts make one biking-related dream a reality every month, choosing from 15,000 which have been submitted to them since the campaign began.
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