Rev Up Your Engines: Rally Through The Breathtaking Balkans
by Fabrizio Mifsud Soler.
Images courtesy of Go Beyond Travel
Balkan Rally invites you to embark on an extraordinary classic car and motorbike race, traversing the spectacular landscapes of south eastern Europe. This unique event goes beyond traditional veteran races, offering an unmatched experience for those seeking to relive the golden days of motor racing.
The rally provides an exclusive endurance touring race open to classic cars and motorcycles designed before 1990 or those deemed special in any way. Balkan Rally aims to relive the golden days of motor racing in the most authentic way possible. With expert judges overseeing the race, participants have the chance to showcase their passion and creativity through their vehicles whilst exploring the scenic routes of the Balkans, encountering a mix of nostalgic atmosphere and natural beauty, creating an unrivalled adventure unlike any other.
Based on the resounding success of the 2022 edition, this year’s rally, starting on 10th September from Budapest, promises even more excitement as it spans five challenging stages covering four countries, and offers an unforgettable route through picturesque landscapes.
On the inaugural leg of the adventure, participants will embark on a drive through the vineyards of Etyek. As they wind their way through the green hills and charming villages, they’ll be immersed in the rich winemaking traditions that have shaped this picturesque area. The journey unfolds to reveal the shores of Lake Balaton, with its vast expanse of glistening turquoise waters and surrounding volcanic landscapes.
Leaving Hungary behind, the rally heads south through Croatia, passing oak and alder forests, and crossing the majestic Drava River. The adventure continues into Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where winding roads lead through more imposing evergreen forests leading through the rugged limestone peaks of the Dinaric Alps After ascending a 1,400-metre ridge, the route culminates with a final climb over Sarajevo, concluding at the graffiti-covered bobsleigh track of the 1984 Winter Olympics. A test of endurance, the fourth stage winds through the mountain roads of Montenegro where drivers will be captivated by the waters of the River Piva and the imposing peak of the Durmitor range: Bobotov Kuk, at 2,523 metres. The drive leads to Kolašin, Montenegro’s largest ski resort, where participants will deservedly unwind and revel in the beauty of the surroundings.
The final stage descends from the mountains to the Adriatic coast. Although straightforward sounding, the journey is not an easy one with 30 hairpin bends and a 400-meter elevation difference. The struggle will however be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the Gulf of Kotor before rolling along the coast to the finish in Herceg Novi.
The Great Balkan Rally is an opportunity to create lasting memories whilst exploring hidden gems in classic vehicles. Embark on this thrilling, one-of-a-kind adventure and don’t miss the chance to be part of a legendary event that promises thrills, camaraderie, and the journey of a lifetime.
Images courtesy of Go Beyond Travel
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