Sun to Red Sea Rally
1th June - 21st June 2002
In twenty days TRANS WORLD EVENTS will take
you 8,000kms through ten countries from Ostersund in Sweden
to Aqaba in Jordan. Across the Baltic, through remote, seldom
seen parts of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria
and Romania and then along the Aegean Coast of Turkey and
into the Lawrence of Arabia deserts of Syria and Jordan. From
the land of the Midnight Sun to the Red Sea.
figures the total distance is 8,500 kms. There's a full day
off in Istanbul, another in Petra in Jordan and a couple of
half days and lots of time to linger and take in the sights
and sounds of the ten countries you'll be driving through.
Here's the day by day schedule as it happens.
from six countries are heading for Ostersund in Sweden for
the start of Midnight Sun to Red Sea rally which starts on
The 8,000 kms route runs through 10
countries – racing over 600 kms of closed road special stages.
Everything from smooth tarmac, traditional gravel and finishing
with tough desert stages in Lawrence of Arabia country.
Every one of
the 40 stages is timed to the second and the fastest man wins.
The Americans call it “rally racing” and that’s what this
event is all about. Racing over roads that have been closed
to the public.
“We’ve had tremendous
cooperation from police and governments in all 10 countries,”
said Event Director Nick Brittan. And to comply with all the
requirements we have over 1,500 marshals out there running
the stages to FIA regulations and we’ve employed 41 doctors
and the same number of ambulances to look after the safety
of the competitors.
AND MOST UNUSUAL
No it’s not Madonna. It’s London journalist
Nik Berg in the Toyota-supported Prius. Part battery-powered
part petrol-driven it’s the smallest car on the event. Most
people see the Prius as a cute town car, Berg and his co-driver
Tim Bampton are aiming to give the little car a new image.
“We’re not going to be up there with
the hot shots,” said Berg. “But our advantage on the long,
remote sections is that even if we run out of petrol we’ll
keep going – on battery power !" more...