ADAC Eifel Rallye Festival – Entry list will be closed early

  • Huge rush to reserve entries guarantees a great field of participants
  • The first stars of the rally world who will attend are confirmed
  • Programmes and the official book of the Eifel Rally Festival 2011 – 2022 are now available for order

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." Reinhard Klein (Cologne) who, as the head of Slowly Sideways is responsible for selecting the entry, added, "Due to this huge rush, it is unfortunately the case that not everyone can be in the Festival every year. But the impressive variety of cars presented to us also has an advantage since it means that we can put together a very attractive field of participants for the fans."

The first stars have been announced.
In addition to the historic rally cars that are the real stars in the Vulkaneifel, their former drivers are also attracted to this international class reunion of the rally family. There are already firm commitments at this very early point of the year. Harri Toivonen, who failed to tackle any stages last year thanks to the technology of his Lancia Delta S4, wants to be able to show himself to the fans this time on all the special stages with a Škoda Fabia R5. Audi Tradition will again bring two treasures from its museum to the Eifel. One of them will be driven by Harald Demuth, so that the two-time German Rally Champion will not have to switch to a two-wheel drive machine. He had promised that "If I don't have a vehicle, I'll come with my bicycle, maybe I'll get an entry with that.” The Belgian Bruno Thiry, 2003 European Champion and long-time World Championship competitor, will drive an original rally car from Wolf-Dieter Ihle's collection. Nicky Grist, 1993 World Champion co-driver alongside Juha Kankkunen, will be on the 'wrong' side this time: He will once again be driving the original Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD with which they were successful back in the 1990s. Finnish rally professor Rauno Aaltonen is also coming to Daun, sitting at the wheel of a faithful replica of his former Opel Kadett in its Safari trim. Fabrizia Pons, Michèle Mouton's long-time co-driver and one of the most successful co-drivers ever, is also drawn back to Daun. Last year, she had some problems switching into 'Eifel Mode' at the beginning. "Until then, I no experience of any events that were run on a non-competitive basis and also had such a relaxed ambiance. But now that I understand the system, I think it's wonderful."

Advance sales of programme booklets and tickets have started.
In order to optimise the dispatch and to expand the offer, the sale of the programme booklet and tickets will be organised via the RallyWebShop this year. This makes it possible for the first time to offer day tickets in advance in addition to weekend tickets. In addition, the RallyWebShop offers further payment options such as PayPal or credit card.
Here is the link to the different ordering options in the RallyWebShop:-

The prices for the programme booklet and tickets can be found in the price list:

Eifel Rally Festival 2011-2022 – The definitive book
The official book about the first ten editions of the Eifel Rally Festival is not just a simple chronicle. With the stars of the scene from the past and present and with the most beautiful original cars and replicas from rally history, it is, so to speak, a Who's Who of the sport. Within its pages are the highlights from ten years of the Festival with cars that are normally never seen outside museums, such as the Group S Audi, the rebuilt Safari Stratos and exotics ranging from the Jidé to the Clan Crusader. There is a unique cross-section of rally history with the older classics from Mini and Volvo PV544 to Group 4 legends like the Stratos and the Ascona 400, not forgetting the amazing Group B monsters, the stars of Group A from Lancia to Subaru as well as the spectacular World Rally Cars. The bilingual texts (German and English) and the many photos in the 300-page work are completed by numerous tables and lists of starters and cars from the ten years. The foreword is written by long-time patron Walter Röhrl in which he recalls his own impressions of the Festival. Here is the order link at the RallyWebShop: