The RACC Rally Catalunya is celebrating its 50th anniversary

August 12, 2014

The 50th edition of the RACC Rally Catalunya will be held from 23 - 26 October. As in the past ten years, Salou will be the headquarters of this already consolidated WRC rally. Once again PortAventura will provide the facilities for the service park, rally office and official press room.RallyRACC Costa Daurada

 

50 years of history of the Rally Catalunya

The first edition, known as the "Rally Catalunya", was held in 1957. After a break of several years, the competition returned in 1964. Since 1973 the Rally Catalunya has gone from strength to strength to become what it is today. It has been part of the Championship of Europe since 1980 and became one the exclusive group of competitions counting towards the World Rally Championship in 1991, when its headquarters were still in Lloret de Mar (Costa Brava). In 2005 the name was changed to RACC Rally Catalunya-Costa Daurada, a turning point in its history when its nucleus was transferred to Salou. It was in 2010 that it became consolidated as one of the most innovative and technically challenging competitions in the World Rally Championship by proposing a mixed surface section (dirt and asphalt), the only WRC rally with these characteristics.RallyRACC Costa Daurada

 

Innovations in the RACC Costa Daurada Rally to celebrate its 50th anniversary

During the three days of the competition, the organisers have prepared important innovations and a wide range of events to celebrate this 50th anniversary.

  • A commemorative 50th anniversary plaque. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Rally Catalunya, the RACC has commissioned a commemorative plaque in gold and black highlighting the number 50. This plaque will no doubt become a collector’s item.
  • The longest section in its history: 50 km. Combining modernity with tradition, the RACC has designed a special section, the "Scala Dei" of exactly 50 km to commemorate its 50 years of history. It is based on the "El Priorat" section of previous years, but with variations to the route. It will be held on Saturday 25 October together with the "Tivissa" and "Colldejou" sections and, of course, the urban special along Salou’s seafront promenade.
  • Start of the Rally with a mixed route. This is one of the main changes for the 50th RACC Rally. For the first time in its 50-year history, the first stage on Friday 24 October will be mixed instead of asphalt only. It will consist of three very difficult and demanding sections: the all-dirt-road "Gandesa" and "Pesells" sections (7 km and 26.59 km respectively) and the 36.58-km mixed surface "Terra Alta" section. In short, a considerable challenge for the drivers and their crews.
  • The classic cars are back! After a break of some years, as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, this year’s rally will include classic cars from previous WRC rallies. In their day, the stars of the World Championship and now a fine sight to behold, these cars will be on display next to the podium on the seafront promenade along with the names of those who drove them to success. Moreover, on Saturday and Sunday (25 and 26 October respectively), they will cover some of the rally sections (between the race circuits).

 

Les Dàlies, a good value option for staying in Salou during the Rally

Les Dàlies Apartments offers you spacious 38 m2 apartments for up to 4 persons, just 300 metres from the podium. Located near the Plaça Europa, from your balcony you will be able to see the competing rally cars as they come from and return to the service park in PortAventura.Podio RallyRACC en el paseo marítimo de Salou See our rates for the Rally dates on our website or call our reservations centre on + 34 977350444 or e-mail us at: reservas@lesdalies.com          

The 50th edition of the RACC Rally Catalunya will be held from 23 - 26 October. As in the past ten years, Salou will be the headquarters of this already consolidated WRC rally. Once again PortAventura will provide the facilities for the service park, rally office and official press room.RallyRACC Costa Daurada

 

50 years of history of the Rally Catalunya

The first edition, known as the "Rally Catalunya", was held in 1957. After a break of several years, the competition returned in 1964. Since 1973 the Rally Catalunya has gone from strength to strength to become what it is today. It has been part of the Championship of Europe since 1980 and became one the exclusive group of competitions counting towards the World Rally Championship in 1991, when its headquarters were still in Lloret de Mar (Costa Brava). In 2005 the name was changed to RACC Rally Catalunya-Costa Daurada, a turning point in its history when its nucleus was transferred to Salou. It was in 2010 that it became consolidated as one of the most innovative and technically challenging competitions in the World Rally Championship by proposing a mixed surface section (dirt and asphalt), the only WRC rally with these characteristics.RallyRACC Costa Daurada

 

Innovations in the RACC Costa Daurada Rally to celebrate its 50th anniversary

During the three days of the competition, the organisers have prepared important innovations and a wide range of events to celebrate this 50th anniversary.

  • A commemorative 50th anniversary plaque. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Rally Catalunya, the RACC has commissioned a commemorative plaque in gold and black highlighting the number 50. This plaque will no doubt become a collector’s item.
  • The longest section in its history: 50 km. Combining modernity with tradition, the RACC has designed a special section, the "Scala Dei" of exactly 50 km to commemorate its 50 years of history. It is based on the "El Priorat" section of previous years, but with variations to the route. It will be held on Saturday 25 October together with the "Tivissa" and "Colldejou" sections and, of course, the urban special along Salou’s seafront promenade.
  • Start of the Rally with a mixed route. This is one of the main changes for the 50th RACC Rally. For the first time in its 50-year history, the first stage on Friday 24 October will be mixed instead of asphalt only. It will consist of three very difficult and demanding sections: the all-dirt-road "Gandesa" and "Pesells" sections (7 km and 26.59 km respectively) and the 36.58-km mixed surface "Terra Alta" section. In short, a considerable challenge for the drivers and their crews.
  • The classic cars are back! After a break of some years, as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, this year’s rally will include classic cars from previous WRC rallies. In their day, the stars of the World Championship and now a fine sight to behold, these cars will be on display next to the podium on the seafront promenade along with the names of those who drove them to success. Moreover, on Saturday and Sunday (25 and 26 October respectively), they will cover some of the rally sections (between the race circuits).

 

Les Dàlies, a good value option for staying in Salou during the Rally

Les Dàlies Apartments offers you spacious 38 m2 apartments for up to 4 persons, just 300 metres from the podium. Located near the Plaça Europa, from your balcony you will be able to see the competing rally cars as they come from and return to the service park in PortAventura.Podio RallyRACC en el paseo marítimo de Salou See our rates for the Rally dates on our website or call our reservations centre on + 34 977350444 or e-mail us at: reservas@lesdalies.com          

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