49th INTERNATIONAL RALLY
The 49th International Rally that was held between 23 - 26 September was without a doubt a thoroughly enjoyable event for the participants. The roadbook guided them through some picturesque scenery in the Peloponnesus peninsula. Mountains, forests and pretty villages were in the menu!
For 3 days, the participants, after their drive, enjoyed the comfort of the Amalia Hotel in the town of Ancient Olympia. The location of the hotel i ideal as it is only 2 klms from the town centre giving the participants the opportunity to visit it for a meal, a drink or just a walk.
The start of the rally took place early on Thursday from Loutraki near the Corinth Isthmus. The participants then followed a route through the northern and eastern Peloponnesus passing near the three largest lakes of the area Stymphalia, Doxa and Ladona and ending up at the hotel at Ancient Olympia.
Η δεύτερη μέρα ξεκίνησε από την Αρχαία Ολυμπία και η διαδρομή της ήταν χαραγμένη μέσα από πυκνά δάση και γραφικά χωριά, όπως η Ανδρίτσαινα, η Καρύταινα, η Δημητσάνα και η Λαγκάδια. ΟτερματισμόςήτανπάλιστηνΑρχαίαΟλυμπία.
The start on the second day was from Ancient Olympia and the end was at the temple of Epicuros Appolo dated 450 - 400 B.C. situated at an altitude of 1,130 meters.
Sunday was a free day for visiting the ancient ruins and the museum.
The cars that could participate were those built between 1919 -1991 with a FIVA or FIA card as well as certified Youngtimers built between 1992 - 2001. The rally had a total distance of 520 kilometers with 22 special stages. The participants could choose between two categories: the Super Trophy which is the classic regularity and the Classic Trophy (also known as Touring) with less special stages and lower speeds.
1st winners in the Super Trophy Category were John Katsaounis and Mattheos Mansolas driving a 1979 VW Golf GTi. 2nd winners were Christos Chatzikonstantinou ans Sotiris Doganis also driving a 1985 VW Golf. 3rd winners were Alexis Kloukinas and Konstantinos Kolokotronis driving a 1986 BMW 316.
1st winners in the Classic Trophy category were Mihalis Thalassis and Georgia Halioti driving a 1971 Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior. 2nd winners were Konstantinos Christofidis and Achileas Marinopoulos driving a 1968 Morgan Plus 4 Coupe του 1968. 3rd winners were Konstantinos Kavvadias and Vasiliki Karantzou driving a 1976 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce.
A big thank you to all our sponsors of the event (the Region of Western Peloponnesus, the Municipality of Ancient Olympia, the Hotel Amalia) and a special big thank you to the participants from the Chios Club who brought presents for everyone!