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KNAC brings Rally Paris-Amsterdam back after 120 years

ER Classics Desktop 2022

In 1898, the Paris-Amsterdam-Paris Rally was the first cross-border rally in Europe. The KNAC celebrates the 2018 anniversary in 120 and brings the rally back. It is a three-day rally from Paris to Amsterdam, where possible via the original route, with stops in beautiful castles.

On 1 July 1898 kicked off Paris in Paris for the first cross-border rally in Europe, which led to Amsterdam via Belgium. The cars traversed our country at speeds of 50, sometimes even 60 kilometers per hour, something that was far from used to in the Netherlands.


Revival in 2018

From 25 to 28 April 2018, the revival of this first international car rally to the Netherlands takes place. A three-day trip from Paris to Amsterdam has been put together in collaboration with Classic Events. The start takes place in Chantilly at Chateau Montvillargenne and goes via Dinant (Castel Pont de Lesse), Houthem (Chateau St. Gerlach) to Kasteel Haarzuilens near Utrecht. You will spend the night in three castles. The route follows the historical route as much as possible, with the stops at known stopping places. On Saturday afternoon the finish takes place on Saturday afternoon at Kasteel Haarzuilens. The trophies are awarded during the final dinner.

Four categories

Original cars up to and including year of construction 1945 can be registered. There are fights in four categories. These are: Pioneer cars up to and including 1904, Veteran cars (1905-1918), Vintage cars (1919-1929) and Post vintage cars (1930-1945). The categories are divided into a touring class and a sports class. The costs amount to € 2.750 per team. Just like in 1898 there are 69 start numbers available, the first participants have already registered. More information for participants and interested parties and the registration form can be found on the website of the event: www.parijsamsterdam.nl.

Source: KNAC, edited Auto Motor Klassiek
Images: Daimler AG and Classic Events

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