The 4th Alpine Trial 2018
2 - 5 September, 2018
The 4th Alpine Trial 2018 - 2-5 September 2018
Since its first edition in 2014 the Alpine Trial has become the premier event for those wishing to sample the finest alpine motoring on a route designed by Keith Baud specifically for vintage motorcars. Three days of glorious open road motoring among friends and like minded enthusiasts tackling a competitive and challenging route while feasting your senses overlooked by the spectacular Alpine peaks.
The International Alpine Trials of the 1920s and 1930s sparked a new kind of rallying and this event remains steadfastly true to its roots. Navigating from daily route books, comprising tulip diagrams and detailed maps, participants tackle a traditional blend of Regularities, Tests and Time Control Sections as they strive for a coveted Alpine Cup.
Primarily designed for cars built before 1948, the 2018 Alpine Trial introduces the ‘Alpine Trophy’ - an exciting new category for sports cars built between 1949 and 1962. Although not competing directly with the Vintage and Vintageant crews, participants in this category will follow the same route and time schedule while competing for their own Alpine Trophy awards.
Following the success of the 2016 event, the “Alpine” will again start in the little known French spa town of Divonne-les-Bains. Sandwiched between the Jura Mountains and Lake Geneva. Divonne is located just 20 minutes from Geneva with its extensive airport and transport links and provides the perfect pre-start location. Our Rally Headquarters for the first two nights will be the Domaine de Divonne, a beautiful 19th century Art-Deco hotel set quietly in 60 hectares of private parkland.
Day one gets underway exploring the rural highways and byways of the Jura Mountains. We head north along the Franco-Swiss border and explore a succession of beautiful mountain plateaux before lunch at a traditional Auberge. In the afternoon, the mountain ridges rise higher, the limestone gorges plunge deeper and the roads become more challenging. As we turn to return southwards, Lake Geneva comes into view and we head back to Divonne for the night.
Day two follows the parallel ridges of the southern Jura to cross the Rhone and climb into the Bugey region, west of Aix-les-Bains where we drive far into the spectacular Alpine landscape with beautful and tranquil meadows contrasting with deep and dramatic gorges. As the day progresses, the ascents become more demanding with some famous climbs featuring along the route. After cresting the final rise, an easy cross country run transports us to a well-deserved rest at the luxurious Hotel L’Imperial Palace on the shores of beautiful Lake Annecy.
Day three, the final day, will be spent tackling the high passes of the Savoie Alps under the gaze of mighty Mont Blanc. While this area will be familiar to some, there are still new roads to be enjoyed and all offer fine mountain motoring and superb scenery.
Once back at Rally HQ, the event closes with a prize-giving ceremony and Gala Dinner – a perfect way to unwind and share your Alpine adventure with fellow competitors.
Following a detailed, November 2017, route survey by Keith Baud and Anthony Preston a broader route outline is now on The Route page.
Call or email the Rally Office to obtain all the details so that we can send you the event brochure and an entry application form.
The entry fee includes bed and breakfast for two nights at the Domaine de Divonne followed by two nights at the Hotel l’Impérial Palace in either a double or twin bedded room - there is a supplement for single rooms. The entry also includes three on-rally lunches and four group dinners, including our Welcome Dinner and the Prize-Giving Gala Dinner on the final night. Route books with maps, rally plates, number roundels, ID tags will also be supplied.
Once you’ve secured your place on the entry list we really want to help you to enjoy the whole experience and to reach the finish. To this end the ERA are always available to answer you questions and on the event we are proud provide the support of our dedicated team of what we strongly believe to be the best travelling mechanics in Historic Rallying to ensure that expert assistance is never far away.
Talk to us, we are here to help. Call +44 (0)1235 831221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to the whole team at ERA for organising a wonderful week in France with the Blue Train Rally. We had a fantastic time all thanks to your hard work, organisation and planning. The surprise result was an added bonus to a great week.
Tom Jeffcoate - 1938 Riley 16/4 Special - Blue Train Challenge 2017