The Gstaad Palace Challenge 2018 - Rally Round


31 August – 1 September 2018

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury” Coco Chanel

An exclusive weekend rally based at the Gstaad Palace Hotel in Switzerland

Luxury on wheels

The Gstaad Palace is a flagship among Swiss luxury hotels, a landmark destination in one of the world’s most luxurious holiday regions, and this autumn it is hosting the Gstaad Palace Challenge, a weekend regularity rally for enthusiasts who appreciate wonderful roads, stunning scenery, fine company and outstanding cuisine. Organised by Rally Round and limited to a select group of classic cars to maintain the highest standards of service within a convivial atmosphere, this is rallying at its very finest.

Known for its exceptional charm and fabulous views of the Saanenland valley, the Palace Hotel’s guest list reads like a who’s who of the international jet set, from film stars to heads of government and global business.  It is particularly renowned for its food; from to-die-for truffles champagne cheese fondue at La Fromagerie to the Gault Millau point restaurant Le Grill with open kitchen, there is much to indulge in. The international cuisine at Le Grand Restaurant is as delicious as it is picturesque and Gildo’s Ristorante, named after the hotel’s Maitre D’, is famous for its authentic Italian fare.

The hotel’s Palace Spa is impressive too, offering eight treatment rooms, a private spa suite, saunas and steam baths, a relaxation area with Swiss style fireplace and indoor and outdoor swimming pools boasting panoramic vistas. The authentic interior décor includes a wall of Blausee granite, giving the feel of the Bernese Mountains and creating an exclusive and extraordinary wellness centre that exceeds the expectations of even the most discerning spa connoisseurs.

The Gstaad Palace Challenge takes place on Friday August 31 and Saturday September 1, following a spectacular route devised by Rally Round’s world-renowned route designer Kim Bannister and finishing with a sumptuous prizegiving dinner on the Saturday evening. To read an event preview published in the FT’s How To Spend It magazine, click here.

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Now after a splendid two days of rallying we can reveal the winners, and congratulate Gianmaria Aghem and Rossella Conti on their victory in their lovely Lancia Fulvia Coupe; in second and third places overall were two Aston Martins, the DB6 Vantage of Thomas Maechler and Dale Brandon and the DB4 of Michael Kershaw and Elizabeth Comstock-Smith. As ever we would also like to congratulate all the novice crews – some of them without tripmeters in their cars – who quickly got to grips with the principles of rally timing and navigation and appeared to have a very good time along the way. This was indeed a fantastic rally, filled with fun and laughter, and a real credit to the Gstaad Palace Hotel and the excellent event sponsors, Edmond De Rothschild, Chopard and Bonhams.

You may view the summary results at the bottom of this page, and we will be posting photographs on the Rally Round Facebook and Twitter pages. The next Gstaad Palace Challenge will be held on the last weekend of August 2019; once again entry is by invitation only so if you would like to be considered please contact the Rally Round office for more details.



NoDriver / Co-DriverCarEngine Capacity (cc)Category
1Hussain Alfardan / Fady Sader1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT2418Competition
4Steven Collins / Richard Collins1956 AC Ace (Bristol)1971Competition
5Karl-Friedrich Scheufele / Christine Scheufele 1969 Ferrari 275 GTB/43285Competition
6Yago De La Riva / John Spencer Wilson1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.24235Competition
7Faith Haramis / Jean Haramis1972 Porsche 911 SE2341Competition
8Hans-Jurgen Heidrich / Alexander Dehmel1964 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet1562Competition
9Nicolas Jouan / Sonja Jouan-Mirabaud1958 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Ponton2195Competition
10Philip Kantor / Fabienne Kantor1966 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce1570Competition
11Michael Kershaw / Elizabeth Comstock-Smith1960 Aston Martin DB44200Competition
12Werner Kummer / Cynthia Kummer1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB 'SEFAC'2953Competition
14Martin Liebi / Nicolas Kappenberger1979 Ferrari 512 BB4943Competition
15Thomas Maechler / Dale Brandon1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage3995Competition
16Pierre Mirabaud / Inna Kuzminova1964 Bentley S36230Competition
19Reinhard Schmidlin / Serge Stotzer1966 Lancia Flaminia 3C 2800 Super Sport Zagato2775Competition
20Dr Patrick Schoettker / Catherine Schoettker 1963 Porsche 356 B 1582Competition
21Engelbert Sporri-Muller / Nadine Sporri1979 Ferrari 308 GTS2927Competition
22Denise Sporri-Muller / Alexander Sporri-Muller1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 S3442Competition
23Yung Norman Yung / Liza Li2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom6749Touring
24Steve Dula / Billy Dula1991 Ferrari F402936Touring
25Hendrik Von Kuenheim / Philipp Von Kuenheim1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona4390Touring
26Gianmaria Aghem / Rossella Conti1971 Lancia Fulvia Coupe II1298Competition
27Tiziano Carugati / Sonia Mermod1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS2418Competition
28Alexandre De Lesseps / Brand Hansueli1972 Porsche 911 2.4 S2341Competition
29Philippe De Keghel / Celine Jacquemet-De Kehgel1962 Jaguar E-Type S1 3.83781Competition
30Omar Alfardan / Tariq Al Jaidah1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupé Pinin Farina2953Competition

“A stupendous rally, really outstanding. Extremely well organised and action packed. An abiding memory will be of the great camaraderie and endless laughter.
We cannot think of a single thing that would have made it better”

Adrian & Barbara Shooter (1930 Ford Model A) – The Road to Mandalay Rally 2014

“Thank you for three unforgettable weeks, the mixture of laughter, friendship, culture, history, driving and fun. What a cocktail!”


Xavier del Marmol & Ines Bodmer (1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe) – The Thunder Dragon Rally 2015

“Retro-Speed magazine can thoroughly recommend Paris-Madrid. A great event and great fun but still a challenge. We enjoyed every minute”

Peter Baker (1939 Citroen Traction Avant) – Paris-Madrid Rally 2014

“Words cannot express how amazing this rally was – truly a once in a lifetime experience!”

David & Adele Cohen (1931 Ford Model A) – The Thunder Dragon Rally 2015

“What a trip! Another fantastic Rally Round effort – seamless logistics, excellent route and wonderful activities. Once again you and your team created a superb experience. We had a fantastic time in Japan and we look forward to our next outing!”

Paddy Walker & team (1937 Buick Coupe) – The Samurai Challenge 2017

“This wonderful rally will live long in the memory”

Octane magazine – Paris-Madrid Rally 2013

“The best, most exciting rally we have ever done”

Xavier del Marmol & Ines Bodmer (1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe) – The Road to Mandalay Rally 2014

“A fantastic rally – we thoroughly enjoyed it!”

Ries & Lenie Oostlander (1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S) – The Samurai Challenge 2017