Sun to Red Sea Rally
8th June 2004
Day 6 - Zlin
to Kosice (Slovakia)
CLASSIC AND MODERN
CARS JOSTLE FOR STAGE HONOURS
Before you leave this
morning there's an opportunity to be shown around a private
motor museum which houses a remarkable collection of local
and some exotic cars.
There's a fairy tale
quality about Slovakia with 14th century castles
on hilltops and tiny feudal villages, this is the Eastern
Europe of a bygone era. Orchards, ducks and geese in the streets
and traditional farmyards with everything done by hand and
horse - no tractors.
Some twisty mountain
and forest roads. Then there's time to stop and tour the 150-year
old famous Slivovich (plum brandy) factory and pick up a few
Wonderful views over
open country as the day progresses. Friendly people will welcome
the event into a wonderfully traditional town square at our
Ray Bellm, Richard Martin-Hurst
and Nick Starkey fought tooth and nail today for stage honours
in what has been the most closely contested day of the Midnight
Sun to Red Sea Rally.
Competitors left the Czech town of Zlin and straight into
the first of today’s 2 stages. Narrow and extremely twisty,
the stage was named “Slivovice”; a reference to the potent
plum brandy produced in this area of Moldovia.
It was however the pouncing Porsche of Ray Bellm and Paul
Lanzante that was giving event leader Joe McAndrew a headache
this morning. The English Le Mans ace is currently on a charge
up through the field and is using his tarmac expertise to
claw his way back into the top 5. more...