Adriatic Adventure 2019
18 - 29 September 2019
The Adriatic Adventure Rally 2019
18 - 29 September 2019
Following the success of the much appreciated Baltic Classic 2017 event, the ERA team has been hard at work devising an equally exciting ‘sister’ event for competitors seeking a fresh, new challenge to get their teeth into. As such, September 2019 will see the first running of the ERA Adriatic Adventure.
Taking place over 12 days and open to cars built before 1976, the Adriatic Adventure promises to be a rally of two halves; from the mountains of the inland Balkans to the dazzling brilliance of the Adriatic coastline.
Suitable for experienced crews and newcomers alike, this brand new event will mirror the Baltic Classic in terms of style and take competitors into countries that are new territory for rallying.
The event starts and finishes in the vibrant port city of Trieste in north-eastern Italy which provides a perfect start and finish for our event. Almost before we have left the city, we follow the route of the famous Trieste – Opicina hillclimb. First held in 1911, the event was the scene of one of Scuderia Ferrari’s first victories with the legendary Tazio Nuvolari driving an Alfa Romeo for the Italian team.
Once into the mountains, we quickly pass into Slovenia and head north-east to the Moistrocca Pass. This, the country’s highest, used to be notoriously challenging for competitors on the Liege-Sofia-Liege Rally in the 1960s.
Slovenia’s mountain roads were much admired on the 2016 Peking to Paris Rally and so, to ensure we make the most of them, we’ll be staying overnight in the very welcoming capital city, Ljubljana, before heading north-east and up into the mountains again to Maribor. Maribor is Slovenia’s wine-loving second city and is home to the world’s oldest grapevine! Cheers!
From Maribor, we motor south almost entirely on quiet, country roads through rolling hills with several regularity sections on the menu and then hop over the border into beautiful Croatia and halt overnight in its capital city, Zagreb.
Day four serves up action straight from the off with a run up the Sljeme hill climb on the city’s outskirts. Rally Croatia is based in this area so we are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing roads. Our overnight stop is a Spa Hotel just over yet another border, that of Bosnia Herzegovina. Surrounded by mountains, forests and the Usora river valley, this wellness complex is famous for its healing waters.
With our heart rates and pulses restored to normal, we head south on more deserted roads to Sarajevo which has risen from near extinction in the 1990s as a result of the Bosnian War. While the scars of conflict still remain, Sarajevo is now, some 21 years later, a city rebuilt and re-established as the leading cultural hub of the Balkans. An evening visit to the Old Town is recommended.
From Sarajevo, we drive further south into Montenegro and down the glittering Adriatic coastline to beautiful Budva where we stop overnight before embarking upon a half-day loop up into exciting mountain roads the next day.
From Budva, we wiggle up the coast to Dubrovnik where we take a well-earned rest day to take in all that its utterly enchanting old town can throw at us. Game of Thrones fans will recognise many of Dubrovnik’s landmarks and there are tours to be had if you fancy channelling your inner Lannister…
Fully rested, we head off along the coastline from Dubrovnik to Split on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. A detour inland provides one of the best regularities of the event on a rugged mountain road littered with hairpin bends. Then it’s back to the coast and on to busy and bustling, Split. This is Croatia’s second largest city and was put on the map by the Romans who built Diocletian’s Palace for their Emperor at the turn of the 4th Century AD - it still stands today and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
From Split, we keep the Adriatic on our left and motor north to Opatija, the favourite seaside town of the great and good during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city streets were home to the Adriatic Grand Prix in the 1930s and racing continued on the streets until the mid-1970s. On the way we will take in a Special Test at an excellent facility.
After a night’s rest in Opatija, we head off again in the morning for the final day of our Adriatic Adventure. On the way to the Italian border we have a stop at Motovun, Croatia’s truffle capital and birthplace of the American World Champion Formula One driver, Mario Andretti.
From there it’s a short hop to Trieste where a warm welcome and a sumptuous Prize-Giving Gala Dinner await us.
All in all, we think you’ll agree that the ERA Adriatic Adventure is set to become a firm favourite. Entries are limited to 70 cars so make sure you clear your diary for September 2019.
Tell Me More
To find out more please call Annette, Eleonora or any of the Rally Office team or email us for your copy of the event brochure and entry form. We'll be happy to answer your questions and offer any guidance you may need.
Phone: +44 (0)1235 831221