What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 2 Croats, 1 Tesla, 1 Sahara Desert (Video Interview)

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Welcome to Kratke Rukave TV, a new video interview feature on TCN, which launches on December 22, 2017, with a really interesting chat with two crazy Croats who are attempting to be the first (as far as we know) to cross the Sahara in a Tesla on the Budapest to Bamako rally next month. Fantastic and crazy idea – now let’s take a closer look… 

When I first heard that my friends Sasa Cvetojevic and Oleg Mastruko planned to take part in the 2018 Bamako Rally, driving a Tesla all the way from Budapest to Banjul in The Gambia, with the entire Sahara Desert as just one of the obstacles, I laughed out loud. 

Crazy Croats. We wrote the story.


And then when the enormity of what they were about to attempt sank in, I began to worry about my friends. It wasn’t their fault, they are Croats. And one of the things I love most about some Croats after 15 years living here is that they think they have the best of everything. The best beaches, the most gorgeous women, the best food and wine, the best inventors (oh, hang on, they do…) – the list goes on. 

And then I really started to fear for Oleg and Sasa, as I was convinced that they really thought that Croatia’s only desert, known as the Croatian Sahara, near Djurdjevac (learn more about it here) was the biggest and the best desert in the world. Sasa no doubt had been driving his Tesla the 23 metres from the top of the Croatian Sahara to the bottom as part of his trip preparations. After conquering the Croatian Sahara, what other desert in the world could possibly provide a tougher challenge? Sasa, if you are reading, the picture below is the Croatian Sahara. The one above is the real Sahara, never before traversed by an electric car. Are you sure that Oleg is man enough to push you all the way to the finish line in 50 degrees of heat?


I am very honoured that two such fine public figures agreed to not only be my first guests on our new Kratke Rukave TV channel on TCN (and with such a great story), but also that Sasa provided the cameras and camera crew as well, so that we come across as at least semi-professional. Big shout to our hosts, Pivovara Medvedgrad, for providing the outdoor location (perfect t-shirt weather in Zagreb in December) and the beer. And without more ado, learn how to crazy Croats plan to make it through the Sahara… 


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