Safety first

Foto: Katharina Hampe

For 2014, the organisers of the Eifel Rallye Festival are going striking into a new direction in terms of the safety of the cars and drivers. The scrutineering do not only check the safety equipment of the cars including roll cage, seat belts, seats and fire extinguishers but also the personal safety equipment of the crews. "All drivers and co-drivers taking part in the Festival have to wear FIA homologated fire-proof gear from head to toe", explains Hubert Böffgen, Clerk of the Course of the Eifel Rallye Festival. "This comprises helmet, balaclava, overall, underwear as well as socks, shoes and gloves for the driver." Driver and co-driver are requested to wear a helmet which has a current FIA or DMSB homologation during shakedown and on the demonstration stages. Helmets according to ECE standard are not allowed.

The change of driver and co-driver during the rally - one of the big freedoms of events that are run without competition - is still possible in the Eifel Rallye Festival, if all passengers have been registered previously. As an identification, all drivers and co-drivers will get a wristband during documentation, just like in an all inclusive hotel.

The public scrutineering - held on Friday, July 25th from 9 am in the Rally Mile - is one of the highlights of the events, especially for those fans who are keen on seeing the cars from up close. Here they get the chance to see rally cars from five decades in detail and free of charge.