A brand-new event on the Rally the Globe calendar will take us from
Belgium’s rally capital of Ypres to Istanbul.
“To the edges of the Orient”
7 to 27 June 2021
Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey
Click the link below to read our Ypres to Istanbul Challenge First Recce Report
The rally starts with an interesting day of Regularities and Tests in Flanders over some well-rallied roads. Along the way there will be many poignant reminders of the battles fought between 1914 and 1918. From there it’s on to Spa, another famous rally – and race – town for yet more competitive sections.
The next few days see us enter Germany and drive through the Eifel with its wonderful winding roads and lush vegetation. Then, onwards through the former East Germany, where away from the main cities, one could often imagine being in the 1960s, before arriving in the Czech capital Prague for our first rest day.
Fully refreshed, we head southeast through the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Romania – four countries in five days. Rallying is a popular sport in these parts and we are relying on local enthusiasts for some excellent and varied Tests and Regularities. Our final rest day is in the Romanian capital Bucharest where the world’s largest parliamentary building, constructed in the 1980s by former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, will be hard to miss.
From Bucharest we head east and spend a night on the shores of the Black Sea, before heading back into the mountains around one of Bulgaria’s major wine centres, Plovdiv.
The final frontier on the event takes us into Turkey, where we will stay near the narrow straits of the Dardanelles. Finally, we skirt the coast of the sea of Marmara before arriving in Istanbul and our luxury hotel overlooking the Bosphorus, the gateway to Asia.
We hope you can join us!
Where and when…
Monday 7 June 2021
Scrutineering, Signing-On & Welcome Dinner, Ypres
Tuesday 8 June 2021
Rally Start from Ypres
Sunday 27 June 2021
Rally Finish, Prize-giving and Gala Dinner, Istanbul
Cars of a specification produced before 31 December 1976
Separate classification for cars of a specification produced before 31 December 1945
Please check with us if you are not sure your car is eligible.
There will be three or four Regularity sections each day on twisty but quiet minor roads, some of which will be gravel. There will be a number of Tests on racing and kart circuits, airfields farm tracks etc. Time Control Sections will be included on remote roads.
Both asphalt and gravel roads will be used competitively. Car damaging roads will be avoided, but you and your car should be prepared for some bumpy and stony sections in the remoter reaches of the route.
We strive to provide the best quality accommodation available. In some of the remoter parts of the route our options are limited, but when we are in more mainstream locations the hotels will be top quality. Dinner, a light lunch and coffee will be provided on most competition days.
Non-competitive sections will be defined by a detailed tulip Road Book. Regularity and Time Control Sections may involve Road Book, map or other methods of defining the route. However there will be no “tricks”.
Request an entry form
To request an entry form for Ypres to Istanbul Challenge, please contact our the Rally the Globe office on +44 (0) 113 360 8961, or email directly via firstname.lastname@example.org
Reasons to book With Us!
Rally the Globe is a not-for-profit club that exists to support a broad family of motorsport enthusiasts who want to explore the world in historic and classic vehicles. All our club’s rallies come with highly experienced support crew and safety cover including:
Expert teams of sweep mechanics
On-call doctor or paramedic
Recommendations of experts in crew training and car preparation, shipping and insurance
Advice, encouragement and assistance from our friendly and knowledgeable team