The Italian Job Route
This route truly has contrasts, such as the open French countryside, the superb Lake Geneva, Swiss mountains and hairpin roads such as the St. Bernards Pass, where Charlie Croker and his gang are relieved of their cars by the Mafia. Add in other unforgettable film locations and the exciting traffic chaos of Turin, with a spectacular scenic third driving day to Monaco and onto Nice for the finish, there really is something for everyone.
The rally itself will last 3 days, although you will need to allow time to get to the start, which for this event is in Reims (which is approximately 2.5 hours drive from Calais). The registration will take place in a local bar in Reims on the Thursday evening, prior to the 8.30 am start on Friday.
You'll receive further details about the daily stages in due course, once you've registered, but to give you an idea of what punishment your chosen vehicle will have to endure, here's a rough outline of each day's route:
Day 1: Reims to Besançon (Approximately 240 miles)
An early start in a large car park on the outskirts of Reims where all the teams can admire / laugh / take bets on the durability of each other's vehicles! The first day's route takes us through the Champagne region, and on through the French countryside to the ancient city of Besançon.
Day 2: Besançon to Turin (Approximately 250 miles)
Today we set out past scenic Lake Geneva and then on over stunning mountain passes through the Alps, including the awesome Grand St Bernard. Having completed the day's challenges (and assuming you still have sufficient clutch, brakes and nerves intact!) we then head on towards the automobile capital of Italy, Turin.
Day 3: Turin to Nice (Approximately 200 miles)
Starting in Turin city centre after the day’s walkabout challenge, the route then heads south to the coast via the magnificent Col du Tende and the opulence of Monte Carlo, before finishing along the French Riviera in Nice.