Silvretta Classic 2016: premiere in Appenzellerland

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V from 7th to 9th July 2016 drive 180 Old and youngtimers from eight decades through Vorarlberg, Appenzellerland and western Tyrol and make automobile history tangible for participants and spectators with all their senses.

Detour to Appenzellerland

For the first time in her nineteen year old History of the Silvretta Classic Montafon The route of the Silvretta Classic Rallye Montafon leads through the Swiss Appenzellerland on Friday, July 8th. 'The tour around the Säntis and the detour to beautiful Appenzell will be one of the highlights of the route for our rally participants this year,' says Harald Koepke, organizer of rallies at Motor Presse Stuttgart.

Silvretta Classic 2016 with 560 km Entire route

As in previous years, the rolling automobile museum will set off from Partenen on all three days of the rally on the approximately 560-kilometer route. On the first day, the 115-kilometer Silvretta High Alpine Road stage leads from 12:01 p.m. on the numerous serpentines uphill to Bieler Höhe and the turning point Wirl. Then it goes down the Silvretta High Alpine Road and over Gargellen, Tschagguns and Bartholomäberg to the finish line on the church square of Schruns, where numerous spectators always greet the rally teams with applause.

The second day of the rally will probably be the most exhausting for man and machine and the most demanding route section. The almost 300 kilometer long Appenzell stage takes the participants around the 2,500 meter high Säntis, the highest mountain in the Appenzell Alps. It starts at 7:31 a.m. from Partenen via St. Anton im Montafon, Göfis and Schellenberg (Lichtenstein), to Gonten and then to Appenzell, where the first vehicle is expected around 10:50 a.m. The path continues through picturesque Appenzell to Hohenems. There the drivers and automobiles can relax after almost five hours of driving during the lunch break.

After the rest, the journey first continues in a north-easterly direction to Dornbirn and then through the Bregenzerwald via Bödele, the Losenpass, Damüls and that Faschinajoch via Vandans to Gaschurn, where the first vehicle drives through the finish arch at around 4:05 p.m. after a total of eight and a half hours.

The high alpine final stage on Saturday, July 9, leads over 145 kilometers from Partenen on the Bieler Höhe to Ischgl thenon to Landeck and over the 1793 meter high Arlbergpass to Stuben for lunch. Via Bings and Lorüns it goes back to Vandans to the finish line with the worth seeing parallel special stage 'GP von Vandans', from 1:30 p.m.

Dream cars from 8 decades in front of a dream backdrop

But the 19th Silvretta Classic Rallye Montafon will not only be a pleasure for the participants, spectators interested in cars will also get their money's worth: “You seldom get the chance to experience such milestones in automotive history as a whole in front of a dream landscape, like that Harald Koepke.

The Silvretta Classic Montafon is advertised as a regularity and reliability rally. It is not about speed, but about extremely precise driving within the framework of several special stages and adherence to generously measured target times. The prerequisite for participation is that the automobiles are registered for road traffic. In addition, the road traffic regulations apply in all cases.

Premium partner of the Silvretta Classic: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes Benz, premium partner of the 19th Silvretta Classic Rallye Montafon, will be offering five classic automobiles from the Mercedes-Benz Museum. These include an MB 190 SL in the racing version from 1955, which is regarded as the predecessor of today's SLK, a MB 180 D sedan built in 1954 and the MB 300 SEL 6.8 'Rote Sau' from 1971.

Further information as well as an exact time and route plan for the 19th Silvretta Classic Montafon can be found on the Event pages of the Silvretta Classic. The current reporting is also via Facebook , the hashtags for posts and images #silvrettaclassic, #silvrettaeauto and #mpsclassicrallyes. All pictures in the photo gallery are from the Silvretta Classic 2015.

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