Image gallery: Rallye 604

Bob Rupani  /
26 Jun 2015 17:30:34 IST

The Rallye 604 is not your typical rally. Yes there is a time clock ticking and yes there are penalty points for infringements but there is a heady dash of fun too and that's what sets this event apart. Cars that were manufacturedup to 1995 are eligible to participate in this one of a kind rally that starts from Garage 10 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Our consulting editor Bob Rupaniwas at the helm of a 1977 Volkswagen Scirocco. Hisnavigator, Caroline Jckel and hehad just met but theyformed the essential driver-navigator bond almost instantly. Over the next four days and 700km, theyhad to perform various tasks that required skill as well as teamwork. Challenges such as stopping a model car within a designated distance, throwing a newspaper into a bucket while the car is in motion, opening a cylinder head and refitting a spark plug after removing it and many more turned out to be testing but they do seem like a great deal of fun - just look at the images below. And nothing matches the experiece of driving a beautiful, iconic and painstakingly maintained car through the scenic German countryside with likeminded and passionate people for company.

Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen SciroccoThe enthusiastic participants get set for the Rallye 604

Rallye 604 Bob

Rallye 604 Carolin BobBob Rupani and his navigator Caroline Jckel with the VW Scirocco

Rallye 604 (14)The iconic Chevrolet Corvette rolls on the red carpet

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Many felt Carolin and Bob were a regular team, though they'd only met at the start of the Rallye 604Many felt Carolin and Bob were a regular team, though they'd only met at the start of the Rallye 604

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or drive through a course with a glass of water on the bonnet and collect penalty points if you lose it. Quite testing but great fun too

This event has lots of games and tests. Get your model car to stop in the marked slot. . .This event has lots of games and tests. Get your model car to stop in the marked slot. . .

. . .Or throw newspapers into a bucket from a moving car. . .Or throw newspapers into a bucket from a moving car

Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen Scirocco...Or hit the bull's eye

Rallye 604 (3)Driving while trying to keep a glass of water from falling off the bonnet was fun

or drive through a course with a glass of water on the bonnet and collect penalty points if you lose it. Quite testing but great fun tooThe hand grenade gear selector was quite a cool touch

Rallye 604 (13)The Willy's Jeep

Rallye 604 (12)The parking lot was full of young vintage beauties

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Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen Scirocco

Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen Scirocco

Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen SciroccoThis VW Beetle brought back some fond memories of the people's car

Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen Scirocco

Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen Scirocco

Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen SciroccoCaroline was not just good with the road book and directions, but also very friendly and helpful

Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen Scirocco

Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen Scirocco

Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen Scirocco

Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen Scirocco

Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen Scirocco

Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen Scirocco

Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen Scirocco

Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen SciroccoThe participants kept encouraging each other

Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen Scirocco

 After the driving and tests were done, it was time for currywurst and some local beerAfter the driving and tests were done, it was time for currywurst.....

Rallye 604 (10)... and some local beer

Rallye 604 (9)Yes. Lady Luck was by our side - atleast the first day

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Rallye 604; Driving a Volkswagen Scirocco

Images byDieter Debo, Carolin Jckel & Bob Rupani

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