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ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival – The rally festival in Daun

The ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival (July 27th/29th, 2023) is now past, the teams have taken down their colourful tents in the city centre of Daun, which has been transformed into the Rally Mile. The more than one hundred and sixty original and faithfully reproduced cars from the history of rallying once again attracted tens of thousands of fans from Europe – and beyond – to the Volcanic Eifel. The VIP’s present were World Champion Stig Blomqvist, Rauno Aaltonen, Bruno Thiry, Kalle Grundel, Nicky Grist, Harald Demuth, Rui Madeira, Rudi Stohl and Niki Schelle all of whom fulfilled countless autograph requests. WRC star Thierry Neuville travelled from his pre-rally testing in Finland to be present at the spectacular performances of his brothers Yannik Neuville and Tom Heindrichs in a Ford Fiesta WRC and Citroën DS3 WRC that Thierry used to drive himself in the WRC. Many people had arranged to meet at the Eifel Rallye Festival for what is certainly one of the world's largest reunions of historic rallying.

ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival – 3, 2, 1 - Festival

The final spurt is on for the ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival (July 27th/29th, 2023) and the preparations for the biggest rolling rally museum are in full swing. The first participants and guests have already taken up their quarters in the Volcanic Eifel. The organisation team is growing steadily as more and more helpers are joining the core team to assist with the tasks that now lie ahead. Over the Festival weekend, more than seven hundred people will be active on a voluntary basis to provide the participants and the tens of thousands of fans with the best possible conditions for this worldwide meeting of the rally scene. They come from all over Germany and neighbouring countries, for example, the ADAC-Helfer-Truppe-Nord from Schleswig-Holstein will this year bring twenty-seven sports marshals.

ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival – Meeting of the great classics

What the fans have been waiting for is finally here since the entry list for the ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival (July 27th to 29th, 2023) has just been published. More than one hundred and sixty crews and their historic rally cars will shortly transform the Volcanic Eifel into the largest mobile rally car museum. "We can once again offer the friends of historic rallying a very diverse starting field. Among them are vehicles that are rarely seen, but also real exotics like the Ford Mustang that the French singer and actor Johnny Hallyday drove in the 1967 Rally Monte Carlo," explains Reinhard Klein. The head of 'Slowly Sideways' was once again not to be envied for his task, because he could only allow a part of the many entries received to start.

ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival – TThe historic rally world meets in the Volcanic Eifel

In the region around Daun, anticipation is mounting for the return of the biggest rolling rally museum. The ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival (July 27th to 29th, 2023) will once again bring over one hundred and fifty historic rally cars to Daun. They will not just be on display at the service areas along the Rally Mile in the middle of Daun, as fans can also watch these cars from rally history in action on the demonstration stages in the Volcanic Eifel. One of the secrets of success of this unique 'class meeting' of rallying is the fact that there is no timekeeping on the stages. This guarantees the diversity of the entry list, from the small Trabant to the powerful turbocharged cars from the Group B era, or even the WRC cars of the more recent past – all of them are enthusiastically cheered by the tens of thousands of fans who come here from all over Europe – and sometimes even further.

ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival – The tension is rising

The preparations for this year's ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival (July 27th to 29th, 2023) are in full swing. The entry list is bulging and offers a diverse selection of cars from the history of rallying. "Our motto 'The Great Classics' means that there are cars on the entry list that have not been seen before at our event," explains Reinhard Klein, who as the brains behind Slowly Sideways is responsible for putting together the entry. "With the development of what we understand to be rallying today, there were events in the past that we had a hard time classifying. Imagine one where two people sit in a rally car and one drives while the other navigates. They tackle one long or two shorter timed stages each day over five days with a total length of around 3,500 kilometres and the start is at minute intervals. If there is also a service break every evening – then that is clearly a rally. Isn't it?" But this description is of the Carrera Panamericana race, which was held in Mexico from 1950 to 1954 and was twice part of the World Sports Car Championship. During this period, rallies were also held to the same specifications.

ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival – A year of anniversariesy

This year's ADAC Eifel Rally Festival (July 27th/29th, 2023) will be marked by many anniversaries from the history of rallying. The entry list of the largest rolling rally museum can accept a maximum of one hundred and fifty cars. This list has long been fully booked and illustrates these anniversaries as well as the great rally classics. <br>Around Daun in the Vulkaneifel there will be 'moving' memories of Alpine Renault and their title victory in the first World Rally Championship in 1973. Jean Rédélé from Dieppe started in 1953 with his Alpine light-weight cars based on chassis from Renault. Renault joined the privateer in 1966, and the new Alpine-Renault produced 150 hp at the rear axle with an engine of 1,600 cc.

ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival – Entry list will be closed early

When the historic rally world gathers again in Daun on the last weekend of July (July 27th/29th, 2023), the fans can certainly look forward to watching a first-class entry. Just two weeks after the opening of the application list for this year's ADAC Eifel Rally Festival, it was not just the maximum available one hundred and fifty starting places that had been reached – there were more than two hundred crews wanting to participate. "We will close the entry portal on April 10th otherwise the waiting list will be too long," explained organisation manager Otmar Anschütz with one laughing and one crying eye. "Of course, we are hugely happy about this insane recognition of our work and our event, but it is a shame for every single person we now have to cancel.

ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival – Blending the Old with the New

The task facing the organisers of the eleventh edition of the ADAC Eifel Rally Festival is to keep all the good qualities of previous events but still find room for new innovations. On the weekend of July 27th to 29th, the picturesque town of Daun in the heart of the Volcanic Eifel will once again be a rendezvous for the worldwide fans of rallying and its history. More than one hundred and fifty original rally cars or true-to-the-original replicas will present the history of this fascinating sport in the hills and valleys around Daun.

ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival (July 27-29 2023)

Friends of rallying worldwide – and of historic rally cars in particular – should highlight the date of July 27th/29th, 2023 in their diaries. Between those dates, the Volcanic Eifel region around Daun will once again be transformed into a mobile rally museum. More than one hundred and fifty rally cars, either originals or faithfully built contemporary replicas, will be exhibited on the Rally Mile in Daun. Out on the demonstration stages in the Eifel hills around Daun, fans can see these rally cars in live action and delight in the visual and acoustic experience. Although the rally cars are the stars of the Eifel Rallye Festival, their former drivers, and many other people from the past of this fascinating sport are also drawn to Daun every year to enjoy this international reunion of the rally scene.

A full house in the 'Home of historic motorsport’

A great atmosphere in Daun!After an involuntary break of two years, everyone was finally back: the participants, the organisers, the many helpers and the numerous fans. Only the Eifel weather turned a new page, as if it wanted to compensate everyone for the missing years The tenth edition of the Eifel Rallye Festival passed without any rain at all. There were high spirits among all participants as finally they could celebrate the anniversary Festival together. The rolling rally museum once again became an international class reunion of the entire rally scene. It was impressive to see.

The countdown has started, and the tension is rising

After two cancellations due to CV-19, the anniversary edition of the ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival will finally take place from July 21st. At the same time, this tenth edition of the largest mobile rally museum will be celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the World Rally Championship.
After shakedown at its new location in the Kelberger Land between Bodenbach and Borler on Thursday, July 21st from 15:00 to 19:00, the Welcome Evening will start from 20:30 onwards.

ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival 2022 – Daun will be bursting at the seams

It will be a bit crowded in and around Daun when the participants and fans of the Eifel Rallye Festival gather in the Volcanic Eifel on the weekend from July 21/23, 2022. There will be one hundred and fifty-five historic rally cars and an additional twenty vehicles that comprise the stage-opening squad showing themselves to the fans on the demonstration stages and also on the rally mile in Daun. "Obviously, participants and fans are waiting for the Festival just as impatiently as we are", says organisation manager Otmar Anschütz. "Thanks to the huge rush for entries, we had to close the list early, while the pre-orders for tickets and programmes are already way above anything we've ever had before."

ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival 2022 – The anticipation is swelling

At the Portuguese round of the World Rally Championship, there was a foretaste of what fans will be able to experience in full at the ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival from July 21st to 23rd, 2022. The FIA celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its World Rally Championship with many celebrities and champions from the WRC’s history. In the middle of it all, there were selected historic vehicles from Slowly Sideways taken from those that will appear in the Eifel. These sixteen cars and their crews ran in front of the WRC entrants on the three spectator stages. Their demonstration provided the thousands of fans with a visual and acoustic gala performance. Five teams were then allowed to contest the legendary Fafe stage with its giant jump. They did this immediately before the WRC cars and their performance included live TV coverage plus a finish line interview.

ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival 2022 – Waiting for the Anniversary Festival

A very special edition of the ADAC Eifel Rally Festival will take place on the weekend of July 21-23. The festivities for what is the delayed tenth anniversary of the largest rolling rally museum plus the fiftieth season of the World Rally Championship will attract a unique field of starters to Daun in the Volcanic Eifel. "Shortly after the opening of the entry list, the one hundred and fifty available starting places were booked and the waiting list also filled up," reports Reinhard Klein (Cologne). What excited the head of Slowly Sideways, the Europe-wide association of owners of historic rally cars, was "the incredible quality and diversity of the entries. This means that we can present all facets of the fifty-year history of the WRC at our Festival."

ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival 2022 – The race for the last places

Only ten days after the entry list for the Festival opened, the organisers already had more than one hundred and thirty registrations. "Simply impressive, a fantastic response. After an involuntary break of two years, the participants are probably awaiting our Festival just as eagerly as we are," beams Reinhard Klein (Cologne) after the first interim result. When the earth shakes again around Daun in the Volcanic Eifel on the weekend of July 21st/23rd, 2022, a very special Festival edition will take place. At the tenth edition of the largest rolling rally museum, nearly everything will revolve around the 50th anniversary of the World Rally Championship. "When putting together the starting field, we will make sure to have the most important representatives from all eras of the World Rally Championship in Daun," adds Klein, who as the head of Slowly Sideways is responsible for selecting the start list.