Beautiful new alpine route for Paris-Prague

Posted on February 16, 2017.

Clerk of the Course Fred Bent and fellow route designer Kim Bannister have completed a second recce and significantly improved the route of June’s Paris-Prague Rally, reducing the daily driving distances by as much as 130km to allow more time for socialising and leisurely refreshment stops – their recce certainly involved a lot of cake, if not Champagne! Intended to make the event easier for Vintage crews, the most obvious changes are to days four and five, when we will no longer push south into the Italian Dolomites but take a shorter, quieter, more northerly path through the spectacular Austrian Tyrol, via the world-famous alpine resort of Kitzbuhel.

The revised route is described in our latest recce report, which you may read on our Paris-Prague webpage. At 2,145km (1,333 miles) in total it is almost 300km shorter but no less magnificent, starting from the fabulous Chateau de Chantilly and pausing at Nancy, St Gallen, Kitzbuhel, Linz and Brno before finishing in Prague’s stunningly beautiful Old Town. Naturally there will be plenty of sporting challenges along the way, with a variety of regularity sections and thrilling tests at historic venues such as the Freiburg-Schauinsland hillclimb and the old Masaryk GP circuit. The scenery is breathtaking too, from hills and high mountains to lush flower meadows, lovely lakes and forests studded with fairytale castles. The event is suitable for novices and experienced crews alike, in any car of a pre-1969 type, and as on our Paris-Madrid and Paris-Vienna Rallies the pre-war categories will compete for the prestigious Charles Jarrott Trophy.

Entries continue to arrive almost daily, so if you would like to join us please let us know as soon as possible to avoid disappointment – you can contact us by phone, email or the Enquiry button on the Paris-Prague webpage, where you may also view the latest entry list. Don’t forget that you can also compete for the Team Award by linking up with a couple of other crews. Last year’s Paris-Vienna team contest was a thriller, with the Bentley-powered ‘Weally Old Team’ surging to victory on the final morning, and it’s all in a good cause – on Paris-Vienna we donated team entry fees worth £1,166 to the NSPCC, and we will again make a contribution to charity from the fees received on Paris-Prague.

If you are keen to take part but have an empty passenger seat, successful rally navigator Terry Thorp would be delighted to jump in. He’s highly experienced, with more than 300 rallies in 16 countries under his belt, including the Motoring News Championship – just contact the Rally Office and we’ll put you in touch.

Incidentally, speaking of Paris-Vienna, we’d like to mention that freelance photographer Eric Audras has posted more than 170 beautiful pictures of the event on his website – to view them or purchase copies go to www.automotivephotographyericaudras.com . We should add that we are working on a new and greatly improved print-buying service on our own website picture galleries, which will be up and running soon.