The Endurance Rally Association (ERA) has launched a new addition to its 2017 calendar. The Baltic Classic is a two-week rallying adventure which starts in Copenhagen on Sunday 28th May 2017, taking entrants to Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland before finishing in Berlin on Saturday 10th June.
Open to both Vintage and Classic cars, the event loops around and across the beautiful Baltic Sea and will see plenty of gravel driving and exciting forest sections on roads made famous by events such as the Rally of the Thousand Lakes and Rally Estonia.
ERA Rally Director Fred Gallagher explained, “The Baltic Classic is aimed at both newcomers to long distance historic rallying as well as experienced ERA competitors. The route has been chosen to combine the finest scenery this spectacular region has to offer while visiting areas steeped in rally history. The chosen route takes in acres of spectacular sub arctic forests, miles of beautiful rolling countryside and long hours of daylight, making this a rally to remember. The competition element of the event will be familiar to those with experience of past ERA events, comprising regularity sections on wide, flowing gravel roads as well as special tests on private land and will be held entirely on non-damaging roads.”
The organisers said as much attention has been paid to the comfort of the crews when they’re out of their cars as to the automotive challenges when they’re in them. Participants can expect to enjoy the finest accommodation and the best dining in each of the countries. As part of the route, competitors will also enjoy two crossings on board luxury ferries which sail the Baltic Sea. The 2017 Baltic Classic concludes in historic Berlin where the results will be calculated before a poolside lunch and prize-giving ceremony.
Entries are now being accepted for vintage, vintageant and classic cars pre-1976. For more details on the Baltic Classic as well as other ERA events and the latest updates, visit EnduroRally.com.
[Source: Endurance Rally Association; photo: Gerard Brown]