Grand St Bernard Pass, Day 3 of the June 2018 edition of the Rico Rally. Picture from @Autobant on Twitter.
Tales of the Modern Road Rally
By Ethan Burrell - Posted 31/01/2021. Written and posted originally on DriveTribe on 04/10/2020.
What is life like on a modern road rally? A lads holiday on wheels or bewilderingly formal?
Well neither actually, what it is [The Rico Rally anyway] in a sentence is bloody good time. The general consensus on driving events is that they fall under two categories, having an emphasis on partying or nightlife & the other being on maximizing driving pleasure: not being one for partying myself Rico seemed a great fit for me and the holiday I wanted, basing its route on the most amazing roads you can fit into 6 days in Europe without being over zealous on time spent in the car; maximizing enjoyment if you will.
Crossing northern France & heading for the alps, the Irn-Bru Audi A1 185 proved a fantastic Rally car. Picture by @Autobant on Twitter.
So a sober affair? Sounds a little upper crust.
Make no mistake, once you get to the pre-booked & very nice hotel in the evening drinking, late nights and lots of banter ensues but not to the infamous Gumball levels; not that there's anything wrong with a party road trip, if that's what you want that's fine, and there is plenty of catering for you, but I feel an image that 'all European road trip holidays are parties, parties, parties' has been cast on the genre - and if you don't want that perhaps you feel you're too boring or have missed the boat etc - that's not the case however & you're not alone. Events like the Rico Rally (other similar road trip holiday companies are available, see Epic Rally or Adventure Drives) are for someone who wants to experience the best driving elements a road trip has to offer, wants no hassle organisation & meet like minded people. From what I have seen the demand from customers, and the product offered in a majority swings to the second category.
Ok so you had a good time, but what did you actually do?
Any Racing Involved?
Stickers, wraps, yay or nay?
Uncanny resemblance - and genuinely coincidental.
I know you said no racing, but you did mention awards, can you win anything?
You recommend it then?