A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN A FIRST-RATE SETTING
What makes the ZOUTE RALLY® by STOW the premier classic car rally in the Low Countries? Those who have taken part in the last ten editions all agree: it’s professionally organised, the course is fantastic and the atmosphere in Knokke-Heist is unparalleled, anywhere. It is an experience you never forget and always look forward to repeating. Find out what we have in store for you on 8, 9 and 10 October 2020.
MUCH MORE THAN A CLASSIC CAR RALLY
The ZOUTE RALLY® by STOW is much more than a two-day rally for classic cars. It is a regular part of the ZOUTE GRAND PRIX® in Knokke-Heist. The next edition of this four-day classic car & lifestyle festival – the high point of the season, bar none – will be its eleventh. Every year it attracts more than 250,000 from across Europe to the Belgian seaside resort with a compelling programme: from an auction of classic cars and exclusive automobiles by the distinguished British auctioneers Bonhams to an internationally renowned concours d’élégance. The open-air exhibition on the streets of Le Zoute, where the premium car partners show their latest models, and the closing tour for modern GT's have also earned the ZOUTE GRAND PRIX® a peerless reputation over the past ten years.
This year ZOUTE GRAND PRIX® will look a bit different. We are ever so excited and proud to kick off the next decade of the ZOUTE GRAND PRIX®: going back to the essence of rallying, and with Quality as our guiding principle. Similar, but better. Safe as always. More inspired. And an unforgettable experience still. This year the GT Tour will not be organised in Knokke, but at a different unique location and at a different time. More info soon! An experience not to be missed!
Entering the rally gets you a front-row seat and a taste of the good life that Knokke Het Zoute is famous for. Truly, an experience not to be missed!
CHOOSE YOUR PACKAGE
As per tradition, there are two ways to enjoy the ZOUTE RALLY® by STOW.
THE REGULARITY RALLY
Like a challenge? Want to test your driving prowess? The regularity rally with average speed and regularity tests is made for you. You will drive 250 km per day along a specially designed route. The FLYING QUARTER MILE, a speed test, adds to the tension. Dexterity tests are also planned. There’s certainly lots to look forward to.
Prefer something shorter and more sedate? Like to take the time to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the route? The short drive is made for you! This is a two-day drive at your own pace, with plenty of stops at original locations.
Be sure to state which option you prefer in your application.
The 200-car ZOUTE RALLY® by STOW is exclusively open to cars that were first registered between 1920 and 1965. Would you like to be part of this select elite and test yourself against other enthusiasts of rare racing cars from back then? Fill out the enclosed application before 30 April 2020.
RIGHT OF WAY TO SAFETY
Safety is a priority, because we need to protect the safety of entrants and the general public, while ensuring the rally is held in optimal circumstances. The tests are conducted on closed circuits and the cars must comply with all Belgian and European rules of the road during the tour, which is held on public roads. All cars are equipped with a tracking system to ensure their speed is strictly monitored. This further improves the rally’s credentials as an enjoyable and safe event.
PROGRAMME - TWO FUN-PACKED DAYS
Every year, the ZOUTE RALLY® by STOW programme is perfectly tailored to lovers of premier classic cars. The ninth edition is no different: be prepared for two days of driving pleasure. Here’s a taster.
THURSDAY 8TH OCTOBER - TECHNICAL INSPECTION
The ZOUTE RALLY® by STOW starts on Thursday 10 October. All entrants report at the ZOUTE DRIVERS CLUB® (first floor Albertplein Marquee), on the beach opposite Albertplein in Le Zoute. Once all the administrative formalities have been fulfilled, all cars undergo a thorough technical inspection. This is to check the authenticity of the classic cars and the safety of the entrants. The inspection is carried out by an international team of experts between 9am and 5pm on Albertplein, Zeedijk in Le Zoute. Afterwards, you are invited to drink a toast to a successful rally at the ZOUTE SALE® Preview Cocktail in the Albertplein Marquee (ground floor) on the beach opposite Albertplein between 5pm and 7pm.
Those taking part in the regularity rally must complete an RT prologue between 1:30pm and 5pm. The result determines the starting order of the rally on the Friday. This will be announced along with the starting times of the rally and the drive during the barbecue for drivers and co-drivers at the Riverwoods Beach Club on Thursday evening.
FRIDAY 9TH OCTOBER - LEG 1
The official start of the ZOUTE RALLY® by STOW is on Friday 11 October. The first car pulls away at 8:30am. The starting gun will be fired at the ZOUTE DRIVERS CLUB® on Zeedijk. The cars follow a fascinating and varied course through Flanders. Lunch is scheduled at a special location. The first rally day ends with the FLYING QUARTER MILE® in Heist, a challenging speed test, which always proves to be quite a spectacle for entrants and spectators alike.
The entrants are given a police escort to Le Zoute at 4pm. The cars are parked on the normally pedestrianized Kustlaan. There is a Gins Online & Fever Tree cocktail for all entrants at the ZOUTE DRIVERS CLUB® until 7pm (first floor Albertplein Marquee). If you don’t want to miss a moment of the ZOUTE SALE® by Bonhams, you should head to the VIP marquee (ground floor) on the beach opposite Albertplein in Le Zoute. The auction hours are 5pm to 8:30pm. That is immediately followed by a Surprise Dinner Party on the first floor of the Albertplein Marquee.
SATURDAY 10TH OCTOBER - LEG 2
After breakfast at the ZOUTE DRIVERS CLUB® (first floor Albertplein Marquee), the winner of the first day of the rally is expected at the starting line at 8:30am. This second rally day includes a host of tests and lunch at an original location. The first car is expected to arrive at 4pm for the grand finale on the stage podium on Albertplein, Zeedijk in Le Zoute. All drivers and co-drivers are invited to cocktails in the Albertplein Marquee on Albertplein between 3pm and 7pm. They will be able to enjoy a glass of champagne while reflecting on their rally adventure in the company of the specially invited guests of sponsors and car partners. The gala evening in the Golf Marquee on Fairway 1 & 18 of the Royal Zoute Golf Club starts at 7:30pm. This year’s gala dinner, prepared by a starred chef, will be served with the most exclusive wines.
ZOUTE RALLY® by Stow - Technical scrutineering
ZOUTE RALLY® by Stow - Start
ZOUTE RALLY® by Stow - Parade
Parade along the Dyke - Le Zoute
ZOUTE RALLY® by Stow - Start
ZOUTE RALLY® by Stow - Parade
Parade along the Dyke – Le Zoute and ending