Eifel Rallye Festival
- New highlights planned for both participants and fans
- The window for receiving entries opens on March 1st, 2023
- re-event shakedown to run again in Kelberger Land
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.
The fans at this ‘class meeting’ of historic rally cars can enjoy them in two ways. They can watch them perform on the demonstration stages in the Vulkaneifel where their owners will show their cars at speed. “You can not only see and hear these cars, but you can also enjoy the unique smell from the past,” reported an enthusiastic fan last year.
The second opportunity is in the Rally Mile in the centre of Daun. Whenever the vehicles are not out on the stages, they are parked here. This is one of the few opportunities to see rally cars up close and chat with their owners. “It is an important part of our concept to bring the vehicles as close as possible to the fans. Frequently they can only be seen in museums and at a distance, here we show them in action and, in the Rally Mile, almost to touch,” explains Reinhard Klein, who as the head of Slowly Sideways is responsible for putting together the field of entries. The rush for the 2023 Festival is already under way and many advance enquiries are coming in. “But entry doesn’t start until March 1st, only then will the window open.” says Klein. And the man from Cologne has a reassuring message for prospective entrants: “Despite the general inflation and price increases, we’ve decided to keep the entry fee for the entrants as well as the ticket prices for fans at the previous level.”
New highlights for participants and fans
There is also news about the demonstration stages. “For the Saturday stages, we have been able to obtain permission to use two new courses, one over eleven kilometres and the other one over fifteen kilometres long. This brings back sporting memories of the old Eifel Rally,” reveals Otmar Anschütz, Chairman of the MSC Daun and organiser of the Festival. “In addition, we have reduced the proportion of unsurfaced roads and now there is only a small but very acceptable amount of gravel sections.” The event will kick off on Thursday afternoon with the shakedown in the ‘Kelberger Land’ between Bodenbach and Borler. During the subsequent Welcome Evening in the Rally Mile, an open-air cinema and interviews with the stars of the rally scene – both modern and historic – will once again be free for all-comers to watch.
The technical scrutineering will be held in public on Friday morning and will for the first time be provided with a commentary, so that the fans will receive additional information about the vehicles and their history as they pass through the formalities.
The two Friday stages will be held on the circuit around the Hochkelberg, which was used for the first time last year. Saturday’s action starts with the legendary ‘Mantaloch’ stage which, after the start in Dreis-Brück and the passage of a combination of bends that are so popular with fans, these are followed by wonderful and highly demanding asphalt roads. The second new addition leads from the north along the Uessbach valley and makes a ‘detour’ to Demerath. The route then leads the teams through the classic ‘Lehwald’ before the award ceremony in the evening and the subsequent live music that brings the fans’ celebrations to an end.