Casablanca and Istanbul recently became ‘Sister Cities’. Mayor Kadir Topbas of Istanbul and the Mayor of Casablanca, Mohammed Sajid, have signed a protocol aimed at the development of mutual cooperation between Istanbul and Casablanca, on 17 December 2009. Now there is a new linkage. Entry is now open for participants from all over the world to take part in a new and exciting sounding car rally.
A committee has put together 2 unique and prestigious 15 days rally events of which the Casablanca - Istanbul Rally will be the first in May 2011. It is to be followed four weeks later by the Istanbul - Casablanca Rally..
Event Director Hanan Miataf (pictured below) and her organizing committee have been working on the Casablanca - Istanbul and the Istanbul - Casablanca Rally projects for the last 12 months to arrange all complex logistics, set out the routes, book the hotels, etc.
Both separate events are the ultimate modern version of the legendary and historic European rallies of the 1950s and 60s. Participants will need no special rally license, only an international driving license is required to fully enjoy the events and no rally experience whatsoever is needed!
Participants can drive in their own pride and joy, either their meticulously restored classic car, exotic sports car or favorite saloon or 4wd. There will be 2 classes, Class ‘A’ is for classic cars built before 1981 and Class ‘B’ for cars built from 1981 to today.
The average driving distance per day is 475 km.
This tour rally concept is specially developed for like-minded car and rally enthusiasts who are looking for a nostalgic and classical rally ambiance on the most spectacular and scenic routes in Morocco, Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Turkey, where participants will experience a lot of carefree and spirited driving pleasure over 3 continents, Africa, Europe and Asia.
Overnight stops are in Marbella, Valencia, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Rimini, Thessaloniki, Alexandroupolis, Istanbul, Casablanca, Fez en Marrakech in the most luxurious 5 star hotels available where gourmet dinners will be served up to the highest culinary standard.
Exquisite lunches are planned at unique locations in castles, on vineyards and totally unexpected beautiful scenic locations in the countryside along the route.
Crossing the Adriatic Sea from Ancona in Italy to Igoumenitsa in Greece and vice-versa is by overnight ‘Superfast’ ferry in outside luxury cabins.
Above all, these events are a window to the past, when a rally was still a celebrated social event full of remarkable people and their interesting and humorous stories told in the hotel bar and on terraces.
Maximum 100 privileged teams of 2 persons in each event will be accepted for entry and will be directed by a professional rally organization with 15 experienced back-up, support and officials teams from The Netherlands, France and England.
After the rally's participants cars will be shipped back in sea-containers to either Casablanca or Istanbul and the participants themselves will fly back to Casablanca or Istanbul by special charter flights. (Or any other location in the EU or Middle East.)
The View from Fez will bring you more information as it becomes available. In the meantime here are the entry details:
Prestigious Rally Events B.V., The Netherlands
The official currency of the event is the EURO (€).
The entry fee for participation in the Casablanca - Istanbul Rally 2011 is € 29.500,00 for a team of two and their vehicle, all inclusive.
The entry fee is payable as follows:
* Together with application for entry: € 2.500,00
* Within 14 days upon acceptance of entry: € 7.500,00
* On or before 15 January 2011: € 19.500,00
* 2 single rooms in all hotels, supplement : € 5.000,00
* Luxury suite in all hotels, supplement: € 14.500,00