This 11th November Sun Run will take place between the 24th and the 27th October 2017
We are pleased to announce the 11th November Sun Run to take place from the 24th to the 27th October 2017! The rally will visit the newly formed region Le grand est. This new administrative region now contains the Alsace-Lorraine and the Champagne Ardennes Departments. The rally has visited this part of the France before and we can confirm that it is a beautiful area, and with a few exceptions, traffic free.
We have planned all new routes throughout the rally, but of course we will add in a couple of our favourite interesting routes, stops and historical sites.
What’s different this year?
Apart from a centralised hotel in Germany for 2 days we have included some changes to the navigation, this should stop complacency setting in as well as further challenging the navigators. The rally will take place completely in France with transport sections to and from the hotel in Germany (so you do not have to worry about the German maps and lack of road markings!). The approximate distance is 1500 kms.
The rally will start in Bar sur Aube (10). During the morning session we will be heading east, passing an interesting roman architectural site, before heading north through the Meuse with a lunch time stop at the Ossuary at Douaumont (permit permitting). This is France`s National Monument to the dead of the battle of Verdun 1916. When we visited this site in 2012 we could not see anything due to the region being enveloped in dense fog, it’s one of the reasons we are going back and are hoping for better weather this time. It’s worth clicking on the link and further links to read up on this. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douaumont_Ossuary
We will be staying at the Novotel Hotel Hauconcourt north of Metz.
Some interesting navigational routes will be tackled before approaching the start of the Vosges Mountains. After lunch, we head north then east to the Hotel Sudpfalz Terrasen in Gleiszellen Germany 16 kms from Wissembourg. We have used his hotel before and it has excellent facilities including a swimming pool and saunas. The hotel is in a famous wine village on the German wine route. We will arrive in good time to take a stroll around the village and possibly enjoy a glass or two of the very good red wine on offer before dinner.
This is the day for the navigator to pit his skills against others and one for the driver to enjoy. The day’s routes will see lots of forest sections as well as many pretty Alsace villages to enjoy. The rally will finish early afternoon with a guided tour, in English, of a Maginot Ligne Fort, for this you will need warm clothing. After the visit a short transport section will take us back to the hotel.
Day 4 Gleiszellen-Riquewhir-Colmar
An early start will see us heading off south towards the Vosges Mountains and some of the villages of the Alsace wine route http://www.alsace-wine-route.com/ with a proposed stop in Riquewhir for lunch. This village is one of the prettiest villages in France and offers many good restaurants and bars for lunch, or maybe just wander the fascinating streets.
The final plot and bash section will see us climb some of the best Cols in the region before an interesting route eventually gets you to the hotel L`Europe in Colmar for the Final Awards Dinner.
The event is open to all cars built before the 31st December 1986 with other cars at the organiser’s discretion.