4,000 km in a classic car for a retro trip in Europe


US ‘is a bit like following in the footsteps of our parents, even grandparents, by fleeing their paths while operating their fun machines. One thing is for sure, none of the registered crews should be looking for a hypothetical charging station on the track. In fact, the event is open to vintage cars, popular with anyone, as only four flagship models have shaped the car’s history: Renault 4L, Mini, Citroën 2CV and Volkswagen Beetle.

Not their modern replacements for some – we are thinking of the Mini, the smallest at all – but the ancestors who, from 7 to 21 July 2022, formed a column of 100 participants in Blue Rally Europe. These will hit the roads in six European countries for 4,000 kilometers of hiking in fifteen days, which will include their share of adventure and new horizons.

The course was validated upstream to find the right timing on the road by offering a suitable framework for these old mechanics. The contract (2,790 euros per crew, ie assistance insurance. To this we must of course add the car, which has been revised to drive an average of 270 kilometers a day, which is not so anecdotal when the pavement runs dry.

The route, for this second edition, is carefully put together by a team of tailor-made travel specialists. “Open to students, active and retired, Blue Rally Europe is an intergenerational event that conveys the values ​​of mutual aid and cultural discovery,” the organization announces.

A journey off the beaten track

The rally starts from the Chenevières circuit in Meurthe-et-Moselle and ends at the Chartreuse de Pomier in Haute-Savoie. The route is tested in advance. “The speed of progression has been studied, so every day brings discovery and wonder. The journey will introduce the participants to lush nature, impressive mountains and coastlines of great beauty, as well as the traditions and generosity of the inhabitants of each country,” promises the organizer, Jeoffrey Decoupigny. A 27-year-old young entrepreneur who is passionate about vintage cars, as a 20-year-old he restored his own Renault 4L from A to Z to learn mechanics.

For this second edition of the rally, participants will have to discover the German Black Forest, the Italian Dolomites, the Krka National Park and the Krupa and Zrmanja Gorges in Croatia, or the Zelenci Nature Reserve in Slovenia … not to mention the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, the road with the highest road passes in the Austrian Alps.

The lakes will also be there, from Lake Blindsee in Austria to Lake Mont-Cenis, via Lake Braie in Italy, Bled in Slovenia and Plitvice in Croatia. The route gives the European architectural heritage an honor, with stops allowing you to discover Neuschwanstein Castle, St. Mark’s Square, Pisa Tower or the Cinque Terre villages.

Those interested can still register on Blue Rally Europe’s website and must have their own Renault 4L, original Mini, Citroën 2CV or Volkswagen Beetle. It is even possible to rent a 4L from Loue ta 4L and Sortie de Grange (approximately 1,500 euros), the convention partners, but it can also be an option to buy one of these emblematic models, which are still many on the market.

After registration, the participants will receive the official competition rules. On the day of departure, they take possession of a fully mapped logbook. It describes all places and routes so that each team can follow the route independently. A touch of individual adventure in a protected environment.

To know more

Website: https://blue-rally-europe.com

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