PHILPA's 48th International Rally 2019 which was held in the wonderful Plastira Lake, in the central region of Greece from 26 - 29/9/2019, was the last rally in the 1st CEERT Champioship. As a result it was the deciding rally for the Drivers, co-drivers and teams that participated. The rally is the year's most important for the club and it became even more important this year as it was included in the International Central East European Trophy CEERT, along with clubs from Rumania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Turkey. CEERT aims to become the most important Championship in the region and to attract the best regularity competitors in its events. The countries involved are famous for the wonderful driving routes and unique hospitality which the entrants will enjoy.
The Steward of the rally, Mr G. Vallindas travelled all over central Greece and organized a 3 day rally with wonderful routes and demanding Special Stages for the participants.
The start of the 48th International Rally took place in Lamia where the cars gathered, at 12 noon on Thursday 26/9. On the first day the participants followed a route that took them through the Ypati Baths, Agathonos Monastery, Makrakomi, St. George, Fourna, Rentina, Lake Smokovo and ended up at Lake Plastira where the hotels were situated. The second day took the participants to the famous Tricala bridge, Elati, Pertouli and the magnificent rocks of Meteora before returning to Lake Plastira. The third day the rally took the participants to the wild animal sanctuary Megdova and Agrafa and back to Lake Plastira for the finish of the competitive section of the rally and the gala prize giving dinner. The fourth and final day was free aad gave to the participants the opportunity to travel at a leisurely pace around the beautiful Plastira Lake before the return trip.
The participants were accommodated in three four star, comfortable hotels around the lake within close proximity of each other. The Naiades Hotel, The Pandion Hotel and the Nevros Hotel.
The vehicles that could participate were historic vehicles that hold a valid FIVA or FIA card and Youngtimers. Participants could choose between the SUPER TROPHY (Regularity) category which has two sub-categories: the more sporty “Red” category and the “Green” category with slightly lower speeds. There was of course always the choice of the CLASSIC TROPHY (Touring) category with fewer special stages and lower average speeds in some of the special stages. Prizes were awarded in both The Super Trophy and the Classic Trophy categories as per the clubs regulations.
The entry fee for a crew of two, for PHILPA club members was €490, for non members €530 and for prewar vehicles €400. Young participants (under the age of 30) had an additional discount of 30%.
The fee included the hotel overnight costs with breakfast, organization costs, prizes, civil insurance for the event and the prize giving gala ceremony.
Those who wished to compete in the CEERT championship had to pay an additional fee of €20 for a single entry or €50 for a Team entry.
CEERT, the International Central East European Trophy, is a new international championship organized and held by the top clubs in Greece, Romania, Hungary, Turkey and Bulgaria.
CEERT aims to become the most important Championship in the region and to attract the best regularity competitors in its events from all over the world.
The countries involved are famous for their wonderful nature, challenging driving routes and unique hospitality which the entrants will surely enjoy.
The dates of the events are as follows:
20 - 23/4 - Turkey
7 - 9/6 - Bulgaria
15/8 - 17/8 - Romania
26 - 29/9 - Greece