Classic cars gear up for historic race over the Alps

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GENEVA // After a two-year hiatus, the Rally Des Alpes Historique is back. The event traces its history back 100 years to the Austrian Alpenfahrt, organised for the first time in 1910. The rally has been reinvented several times during its existence. In 1989 Raymond Gassmann, a young Frenchman fascinated by old cars and rallies, formed the Alpine Rally Association, and organised the first of the modern classic events, the Rallye des Alpes.

This year, the event will run from June 20 to June 26 going from Geneva to St Moritz and any car built between Jan 1, 1919, and Dec 31, 1963, is eligible. Later cars made between Jan 1, 1964, and Dec 31, 1971, will be permitted at the discretion of the organiser, but they will not be allowed to win the overall event. Each stage is no more than 300km and competitors stay in luxury hotels along the course.

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