Midnight Sun to Red Sea Rally

8th June 2004

Day 6 - Zlin to Kosice (Slovakia)


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 samples.

Wonderful views over open country as the day progresses. Friendly people will welcome the event into a wonderfully traditional town square at our overnight stop.

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.

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