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201224 Apr

mini rally attempt


The iconic classic Mini has added another feather to its colourful cap by coming out victorious in the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally thus thrilling millions of motor-driving addicts. The inherent quality and appeal of classic Mini still attract the attentions and compliments on the roads even in its ‘autumn’ phase. ‘Classic’ tag hardly stops Mini from setting new challenges even today. After winning the Monte Carlo cap, it is now all set to make its presence felt in the Allgäu-Orient Rally on its debut participation.

Five classic Minis are participating with 44 honourable BMWs in the substitute competition for classic and near-classic cars, to be flagged off on 28 April 2012 in the tourist village of Oberstaufen in south-western Bavaria. This congregated might of BMW team along with 207 other cars will zoom ahead towards Baku, Azerbaijan capital, more than 5,000 kilometres away from the flag off point. The rally will wear a festive look as on 12 May 2012, just two weeks before the European Song Contest, Baku will commemorate the arrival of the 4-wheeled “Stars for Baku”. The cars on being successfully reaching their destination will be put on charitable auction platform for noble humanitarian ends.

Last year’s rally fetched close to a whopping €250,000 (Rs. 17,341,462.67) that was donated to the Turkish Crescent, to aid earthquake victims and Syrian refugees. Moreover, several teams also use the campaign to raise funds for different charitable centres. The “Minibaijan” team will utilize funds for SOS Children’s Villages, the “Convoy” team aids the Every Child in Georgia organisation, while the “ChittyChittyBangBang” is raising money for an Albanian children’s home. To top the effort, the rally organisation committee tailors several charitable fundraising activities in the countries through which the rally progresses with active support from the sponsors.

Noted for as a mega junction of sporting contest and fundraising event, the Allgäu-Orient Rally has entered the seventh year in 2012. This unique event has witnessed BMW Group Classic’s active support to make it a grand success. In addition, BMW Group staff members have represented in the teams, each making up of three cars and six drivers contributing their technical expertise while guiding by their obsession with historic cars and fervour for adventure. Teams with impressive tags like “ChittyChittyBangBang”, “Bavaria2Baku” and “Dust Busters” are roaring ahead, each with three BMW 5 Series Touring models, while the “Convoy” team is banking on three second-generation BMW 3 Series Touring cars. Allgäu-Orient Rally will prove to be an acid test for the five classic Mini cars to prove their mettle as reliable vehicles in long-distance rallies. The “Minibaijan” team has three works-prepared classic Minis while Austria’s Classic Cars Sports Club will add up to the strength of the fleet with a couple of the miniscule power-packed classic cars.

The Allgäu-Orient Rally is also marked by its special rules. This rally has been conceptualised as a low-cost affair while retaining all the classical fervours to test human endurance and driving skills. To become eligible for the rally the cars should be at least 20 years old and its value should not exceed €1,111.11 (Rs. 77,067.64). The team members are required to spend each night either in their own cars, in their personal tents or in low-cost hotels that do not charge more than €11.11 (Rs. 770.60) per person per night. The journey route of 5,000+ kilometres starts from the Bavarian Allgäu and runs through Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Georgia to Azerbaijan. However, the rally teams can pick up their precise routes as per their preference. So, any team can select routes through Italy, Croatia and Macedonia. In this gruelling rally, cars generally cover around 375 miles per day; roads are off limits and utilizing satnavs (satellite navigation system) is strictly prohibited. Drivers are strictly instructed to religiously follow all local traffic regulations. Special trials and various team tasks should be executed en route; their results form part of the overall evaluation. So, Classic Mini is set to embark upon a challenging yet humanitarian route.

For more information on the Allgäu-Orient Rally visit: http://www.allgaeu-orient.de/.

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