Leaving last Sunday from Paris-Place Vendôme, just over 80 exclusively female crews took the start of the Rallye des Princesses 2022. Objective: to reach La Baule in old style. We had the chance to meet them during their journey, we tell you that.
The 2022 Princess Rally, Késako?
Let’s start first by presenting the Rallye des Princesses 2022. What is it? It is therefore a regularity rally, organized by Peter Autoand reserved for vintage vehicles on a route of approximately one thousand kilometers through France. And like the late Paris-Saint Raphaël Rally, this road event is reserved for 100% female crews.
For this year, the course starts from Paris, rallying, in order, Le Touquet, Deauville, Dinard and finally the final arrival in La Baule. And it is therefore on this third stage which goes from Deauville to Dinard that we met the competitors of the rally. More precisely in Bagnoles de L’Orne, on the edge of Normandy, where the “princesses” stopped for lunch to eat.
When we met the competitors for the first time, they had already traveled hundreds of kilometers and completed several ZRs. ZR For Regularity Zone. Sections of road often quite technical or an hourly average is imposed. The more your average in this zone differs from the reference average (whether you are faster or slower), the more points you are penalized. The crew which therefore scores the fewest points in the aggregate of the rally wins. The same principle as Historic Monte Carlo or the “regularity” test of the Auto lap.
Roads made in Normandy
Tuesday noon therefore, at the Domaine de Laumondière, the sun was at its zenith and the temperature very high. We are far from the cliché of wet and cold Normandy. The Rallye des Princesses 2022 crews and their cars are arriving little by little.
A superb Porsche 356 opens the ball, followed by a second equally splendid, then a third! A rare 550 Spyder follows… We are already amazed. I assure you, we don’t only see Porsches: Corvette C3Austin Healey, Mercedes SL, Ford Mustang “chabadabada version”, Lancia Fulvia Triumph Splitfire… do not throw away any more!
The Rallye des Princesses 2022 field is varied and above all of very good quality. The cars are in impeccable condition and are pampered at each stop. Another pleasant point, the atmosphere is good child among the participants.
There is competition, yes, but we check in on playmates, we debrief in the morning. At the heart of the discussions, this “not easy” ZR in the Suisse Normande, this damn breakdown which made the crew late, all with a smile over a coffee in the shade or the meal planned on site. But the break is short-lived: there is still road (and ZR) to Brittany and Dinard. The Rallye des Princesses 2022 remains a rally! We therefore point to the exit CH at the said time, and on the road again as Bernard Lavilliers sang, but always in a good mood.
To conclude, the Rallye des Princesses 2022 is therefore a real rally. A real road test that combines difficulty, beautiful cars, good atmosphere, and all on our pretty roads in France.
A good atmosphere perhaps (surely?) because our princesses, even if they get caught up in the game of racing, do not forget the pleasure of driving these noble cars through magnificent settings. And it is ultimately the greatest satisfaction that we must remember in this event.
More info on the event and the rankings is on the Peter Auto website: www.peterauto.fr
We should have completed this article with images from the last day, but the mechanics decided otherwise! Postponed !
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