Time to rally: How to join an amateur race this summer
Recruit a few friends and join an amateur rally race to tackle some of Europe’s highest mountain passes and smoothest highways. Events are untimed and held on open roads where participating teams must follow national speed and safety laws.
Beware that vehicle specs; license, insurance and vehicle registration; passport and visa requirements; and fees vary. Consider extra expenses like accommodations, gas, tolls, repair kits, spare parts, meals and transportation costs from home to start and finish to home. Also review age requirements; often all passengers must be at least 18 years old.
It's not too late to sign up for these events:
Great European Rally
Date: August 20-27, 2016
Route: Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary
Vehicle Requirement: Street legal car, motorcycle or van
Cost: £395 pp camping or £995 pp with hotel; registration closes four weeks prior, and each team must have at least two people
Date: Sept. 2-4, 2016
Route: France, Switzerland, Italy
Vehicle Requirements: Two-seater convertible with engine size under 2.5 liters (any age and any value allowed) or junker under £200
Cost: £295 per car with two drivers; £65 per extra person
European Superlative Adventure Club (S.A.C.)
Date: Sept. 10-20, 2016
Route: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Monaco, Andorra, Spain, Portugal
Vehicle Requirements: At least 20 years old
Cost: €850 per team of two, plus €250 for additional members; you must also raise €500 for charity before the event
Munich Ramshackle Rally
Date: Sept. 15-20, 2016
Route: France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Germany
Vehicle Requirements: Junker under £250
Cost: £270 for two drivers; £50 for third and fourth; £80 for fifth; all ladies team (up to five) £199
Need a junker for a rally? Check out the Stripes Classifieds for deals!