on which period-dressed crews completed the course of the infamous Paris-Madrid
road race of 1903, we are pleased to introduce a spectacular new
summer event for vintage and classic cars, the 2016 Paris-Vienna Rally.
city-to-city race of 1902. That epic, 890-mile (1,432km) contest included a
daunting crossing of the Austrian Alps and was narrowly won by Marcel Renault
on a lightweight 16hp machine, less than 15 minutes ahead of Henry Farman’s
70hp Panhard (pictured above). The race prompted very significant advances in automobile
design and technology, as manufacturers sought to improve power-to-weight
ratios and thus reliability on an extremely hazardous course, not least the
notorious old mule track over the 1,793m Arlberg Pass.
are in rather better condition today, but Rally Round’s highly respected route
designer, Mark Appleton is promising plenty of challenging sections for
competitors. Nevertheless despite covering a similar distance overall, the
Paris-Vienna schedule will be more relaxed than previous Paris-Madrid rallies, running
over six days rather than four to reduce the pressure on vintage crews and allow
more time for socialising and sightseeing.
Saturday 18th June 2016, and expressions of interest are already being welcomed
by the Rally Round office.
In the meantime, a few places are still
available on Rally Round’s next long-distance adventures, the groundbreaking
Thunder Dragon Rally to Bhutan in November this year, and the exciting Haka
Classic Rally to New Zealand in November 2016. Both promise to be as spectacular
as the 2014 Road to Mandalay, the first competitive event ever held in
Burma/Myanmar, which was recently shortlisted as Rally of the Year in The
International Historic Motoring Awards.
For more details of all the above, please see the relevant event pages on our website, or contact the Rally Office