It might not be taking place until September 2019 but the Paris-Biarritz rally is one of Rally Round’s most eagerly-awaited events. Clerk of the Course, Fred Bent, has returned from his recce trip and what he’s discovered is guaranteed to make this a memorable trip.
From fine scenery and enjoyably quiet roads, to fantastic food and historic locations along the way Fred has also identified a wealth of fascinating places to visit along the route. Whether it’s a stop at a delightful café owned by a Ferrari enthusiast or a trip on a funicular railway, participants will be able to enjoy a break from driving and an opportunity to relax and admire everything that these fine areas of France and Spain have to offer.
The rally itself will cover 1230 miles and follows in the wheel-tracks of motorsport pioneers, the starting point at Versailles being that of the 1895 Paris-Bordeaux-Paris rally. Rally HQ is the beautiful Trianon Palace Hotel, built in the early part of the 20thcentury and which Fred discovered boasts an interesting history that included a role in both World Wars. In peacetime it welcomed many a famous guest from Marlene Dietrich to Queen Elizabeth II.
Competing for the Charles Jarrott Trophy – for the vintage class, classics get their own award – participants will then head towards the stunning landscapes of the Loire Valley and a driving test at the historic Circuit de La Châtre. By Day 3 drivers will be heading towards the Dordogne and an overnight halt at the Abbaye des Capucins, a former 17thcentury convent.
The religious site of Lourdes is special indeed, and from there it’s into the Pyrenees on Day 5 where challenging mountain passes await as the rally crosses into Spain on its way to Pamplona, the capital of the Navarre region. Thankfully, there will be no ‘Running of the Bulls’ to contend with during the event but the city does offer a wonderful mix of gastronomy and culture that participants will certainly enjoy.
And then comes the final day, a 100-mile run from Pamplona to Biarritz where the superb Hôtel du Palais awaits, along with time to relax before the evening’s gala dinner and awards presentation.
Perfect for novices and experts alike, the Paris-Biarritz rally is for pre-1972 vehicles. Combining a sociable, relaxed atmosphere with enjoyable driving tests and regularity sections entrants are encouraged to don period dress that matches their car.
Those booking before 28 February 2019 can also take advantage of an ‘Early Bird’ offer that saves £400 on the normal entry price, and as always the team at Rally Round are on hand to answer any questions.