Only vehicles that are at least 20 years old and roadworthy will be admitted to the Europe Orient Rally. Younger vehicles are only allowed if they have a purchase price of max. 999.99 Euro. In the beginning only cars were allowed. After in the meantime also motorcyclists want to participate this was made possible. Also motorcycles must be 20 years old. If younger motorcycles are taken along, they must not cost more than 0.99 Euro per ccm.
Thanks to good friends in Jordan, the goal of the former Allgäu-Orient Rally was clear from the beginning: Jordan.
And this should be maintained at the Europe-Orient-Rally. 2018 was an excellent year. Unfortunately, however, this is not always possible in the Middle East due to the entangled political situation. Due to the uncertainties surrounding the ship passage to Israel, which was necessary due to the Syrian war, Israel and Jordan cannot be reached ‘on the move’ in 2019.
But thanks to good connections and long-standing contacts, a more than exciting alternative route could be found in 2019. The planned route of the Rally 2019 leads from Germany via the Balkans to Istanbul, then through the whole Asian part of Turkey, through Anatolia to Georgia, Armenia and finally to the oriental highlight 2019 in Iran. Because the rally cars can’t stay there, they will then return to Turkey to Mount Ararat, Lake Van to the Turkish south coast. From there, a ferry will take the rally car to Cyprus for the final stage on the original Cyprus Rally track. Here the vehicles are then used after the award ceremony for a good purpose.
The rally started in 2018 in Bischwiller/Strasbourg in 2019 at the Federal Horticultural Show in Heilbronn.
It is not the first time that the rally because of war and worse policy has had to change your route:
Due to the political situation in Syria, the 2011 rally was “slowed down”. Entry warnings and common sense have excluded entry to Jordan “overland”. A circumnavigation of Syria via Egypt failed shortly before its destination due to authorities (mainly the German Embassy in Cairo) and the unstable situation in Egypt. Therefore the rally in Turkey had to be finished.
In 2012 Baku in Azerbaijan was set as the destination and the participants were able to reach Jordan by plane.
In 2015 the Allgäu-Orient-Rallye also ended as usual in Jordan, but due to the still difficult situation in Syria could only be reached by sea Turkey -> Israel.
In 2016 Turkey was again the final destination of the Allgäu-Orient-Rallye.
2017/2018 again Jordan was the final destination of the Allgäu-Orient-Rallye
In 2019, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Turkey and Cyprus were on the agenda.
Turkey, Iran and the United Arab Emirates on track for 2020
Because the political situation in Syria is still very critical, the route can still not run through Syria.
It remains to be seen whether the traditional price for the Europe-Orient Rally in 2020 will once again be a real camel.
In the past the camel could not be taken home. This is due to import and quarantine regulations in Germany. As the winners had to learn in 2006 and 2016, it is not possible to import a camel from an Arab country despite commitment and money because of the existing import regulations in Germany and Switzerland. …and a camel belongs also in the desert or its ancestral homeland and not on our green meadows.
So far the winners have always handed over their camel to a young Bedouin or farmer and thus created a livelihood for a poor person.
The event is a rally and should not be a race. The rules of the respective road traffic regulations apply (as with every rally) except for a few special stages.
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