Rally News March 2017

The Barbados climate is pretty even all year round, so changing to a November date will make very little difference in terms of weather

Barbados Rally Carnival

The Barbados Rally Carnival was created 16 years ago to be a wild, two-week, tropical holiday with a bit of rallysprinting and rallying thrown in for some extra excitement.  This year, in order to fit in better with the European calendar, which gets busier and busier in the summer months, Rally Carnival will give up its traditional August date, originally set to be at a time when children were off school, and move to late November.

Also part of the original event was its two-weekend format, which was meant to enhance the holiday aspect, but for those who can’t take so much time away, organisers have decided to concentrate the serious motorsport around a one-week schedule.  For those who have the time, the RallySprint will run on the previous weekend and competitors are of course welcome to attend both events, as the cars will be there anyway.

Organisers are offering a package that includes shipping of the car from Portsmouth in the UK, road and legally required insurance while in Barbados, rally entry fees and parties (of which there are many) for US $4900.  Teams deals for three or more cars are available.  Eligible cars are grouped by age from pre-’68 to 1985.  After a free day of recce on Thursday, the rally starts at midday on Friday, November 24 with three special stages at Vaucluse raceway and continues on the 25th with a one-day tarmac rally that includes night driving.   See barbadosrallycarnival.com for entry forms and contact details.

Tour Auto Route Announced

The next Tour Auto Optic 2000 will make its traditional exhibition and ceremonial start at the Grand Palais in Paris on 24 April to finish on 30 April in Biarritz. There will be four circuit confrontations, at Le Mans, Val de Vienne, Albi and Pau-Arnos, as well as 11 special stages on closed roads.

Every year the Tour Auto route changes, and this year it will explore the highways and byways around, and leading to night stops at Saint-Malo, Nantes, Limoges, Toulouse and Biarritz. The crews arriving in Biarritz on Saturday afternoon will still have another challenge ahead of them. After a few hours rest they will all head out for a night run, punctuated by two special stages, followed by the finish in Biarritz in the night of Saturday and Sunday.

Maroc Historic Rally

Entry forms are now available for the May 7-14 Rally du Maroc Historique, now re-named Maroc Historic Rally. 420kms of gravel stages await you! Download the form at marochistoricrally.com.

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Photo Francois Haase

Organisers are offering a package that includes shipping of the car from Portsmouth in the UK, road and legally required insurance while in Barbados, rally entry fees and parties (of which there are many) for US $4900. Teams deals for three or more cars are available. Eligible cars are grouped by age from pre-’68 to 1985. After a free day of recce on Thursday, the rally starts at midday on Friday, November 24 with three special stages at Vaucluse raceway and continues on the 25th with a one-day tarmac rally that includes night driving. See barbadosrallycarnival.com for entry forms and contact details.