A look at the Eifel Rallye Festival, pt1


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. Everything was as usual, and even the weather had a few rain surprises in store at the beginning, but then adapted to the good mood of participants and fans. “Rallying is an outdoor sport, even a little rain doesn’t stop a real fan,” as Bruno Thiry explained the huge number of fans along the stages.

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