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Old 05-22-2004, 01:46 AM   #1
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Here goes.......Are there any companies out there that specialize in tour packages for Americans going to WRC events? All the tour companies I seem to find are from within Europe. I know there's a tour company that does Mexico for Americans but I'd prefer an event in Europe, maybe Finland.

So does anyone who's done this have any advice or companies to use?

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Old 05-22-2004, 02:21 PM   #2
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Old 05-24-2004, 12:09 AM   #3
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www.worldrallytours.com

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www.ultimaterallyworld.com

URW is Felstead's buddies place.

I opted out of the tour package. It's really unneeded. The access to the drivers is phenominal by yourself. Good trip planning will eliminate any hotel/rental car problems.

What rally are you looking at?
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Old 05-25-2004, 12:49 PM   #4
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I'll second doing it on your own. I'm sure those companies offer little perks and make everything nice and easy, but as WRXed mentioned, access to the drivers is pretty good. Just check out the Rally Pics on my website and you'll see how close you can get Which rally are you planning on going to?

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Old 05-26-2004, 01:51 AM   #5
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I originally wanted to do Wales and logistically it seems to be the easiest with it being in Cardiff and all but it's no longer at the end of the season like it was last year. I'd love to do Australia but it's a bit far and a bit more expensive, so Wales it is!

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Old 05-27-2004, 11:53 PM   #6
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Here's what you need to do:

(I just ordered my plane tix to Luxembourg for the German rally)

Go shop around for airfare, and arrive on shakedown day. Hire a car, Avis did me pretty well, but my European freinds say Europecar is much better. Don't be picky on a rental, as all cars burn the $5/gallon gas the same.

My trip planning for WRCSweden this winter landed me a RANDOM dinner with Sevinge Loeb (Seb's wife) at the Copenhagen Airport. Had lunch with Nicky Grist in the service park on Sunday( I just asked him). Sat next to Malcolm Wilson, Micheal Park, Francios Duval, Markko Martin, Mark Higgins on the return flight to Stockholm.

Toursim board, Toursim board, Tourism Board. Can't say it enough. They will set you up good for a $15 fee. I advise staying with a private family. It gives you a change to share. It saves you money, and it provides you with what a WRC holiday should be, a cultural experience.

Good luck!

I just need to order rally tickets and I'm done planning!

I'm not sure about Wales. You may be limited on a few aspects, I would suggest Finland/Sweden/Spain.
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Old 05-28-2004, 10:22 AM   #7
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I'm not sure about Wales. You may be limited on a few aspects, I would suggest Finland/Sweden/Spain.
Like what??
I'm also hoping to do Rally GB/Wales/UK/England or whatever they now call it..
Actually, my big fear is that, having never been to any, I'll end up going to the "popular" spots to view and I'll get caught up in one of those cancelled-stage-due-to-crowding fiascos!
I was/still am looking at hiring a rally tour, mainly to ferry me and my wife around to different viewing spots, since I imagine that can get kinda hectic...
WRXedUSA- what's a good way to avoid the overcrowding issue and be able to access different view areas??

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Well what I fear most about Wales is

1. American hating britons
2. Ticket issues
3. Coppers
4. Overcrowding of stages
5. Limited lodging
6. Cancelled stages


Nah. I'll say it again. Save your $200/person w/ going it alone. The trick to see the stages is to WAKE UP EARLY!! Like 6am-5am. Get out on the first stage of the day at 8am then migrate to the 3rd stage of the day, then hit the last stage whether it be the service park supersprint or not. Spend a few hours in the service park. It's a riot. Solbergs fans are nuts.

Fraternize w/locals to see what the realistic expectation is to see as many stages w/o the traffic. Hit up a marshall to see what he thinks. Most of those guys are local car club members that will help ya.

Most rallies have "spectator areas" now for saftey. That means you cant meander around the stage anymore. You have to stay in spectator pens tied off w/tape.

Just get there early.

I showed up to "Colin's Crest" in Sweden 3.5 hours prior to the stage. It was good timing.
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Old 05-30-2004, 07:50 PM   #9
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The official name is "Wales Rally GB". I went last year, and it was an absolute blast.

1. We found no American hating Britons. People went out of their way to be nice and helpful to us, and were nice and absolutely wonderful. The two autographs I most wanted (Petter Solberg and Phil Mills) I got because the marshalls were amused by the gaggle of Yanks.

2. The tickets arrived fine (though not without a certain amount of worrying, since they dispatched them less than a week before we flew out.) They were bloody expensive, though!

3. The coppers were great, as long as you smile nicely at them. It might help if you're female, though!


Honestly, we lucked out and had no problems in Wales. I would love to go again in a heartbeat. Still, I'm not sure I would recommend it unless you have a lot of money, as the stage tickets are quite expensive. (Our all-access pass cost about USD$350!)

I think the next time I catch a WRC round, I'm going to make a point of arriving the day before things start. That leaves "just in case time" for if something happens with the flights (connections + international flights = potential for disaster), and gives some time to get one's bearings before all the frantic running around begins.

Honestly, the biggest problem with going to a WRC round is that it's habit-forming!
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That is stupid money for a ticket. Stupid.

All access everwhere else is $50USD.

Yes, it is habit forming, and driving me broke.
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