Monday,Â July 13 2015.
Cancellation of the Rallye International des Alpes 2015
By restoring a new session of the Rallye des Alpes in 2015, I wished to perpetuate this splendid event with all its unique aspects: its dramatic landscapes, prestigious hotels, the quality of the registered cars, the conviviality with a bit of a competition â€śas in the good old daysâ€ť for those who wish to participate.
As we are living difficult times, the price for the rally was practically calculated at cost price, without leaving the charming little elements behind which made the rally.
However, probably because of a lack of wide range communication (participation in trade fairs, articles in international magazines), the registrations are slow in coming, everybody waiting for his friends or others to register, before they may do the same.
The hotels, on the other hand, expect firm comittment from a reliable organization concerning the precise number of hotel rooms needed, in order to be able to maintain competitive prices. Yet, with less than ten registered crews, I do not wish to take the risk to book a few dozens of rooms.
To cap it al, the SNB (Swiss National Bank) decided to suspend its support to the Euro, the consequence: immediate drop of the parity â‚¬uros/CHF of 15%.
After having organized 20 editions of the Rallye des Alpes, I regret to announce that I will stop the organization and appologize for this letter. The Rallye des Alpes will not take place in 2015. Would you be so kind to send us your bank details (IBAN in particular), so we can return the participation costs which you have already paid.
The rally will definitely survive this new vagary. I myself am looking forward to brave the alpine roads chosen for 2015th itinerary in one of my beloved old english cars.
Alpine Raly Association,