When the Boucles a Bastogne rally was cancelled last year, then again this year, the main reason was to avoid the large public gathering that the event attracts - so organisers decided that rather than waste all the effort of creating the route book and organising the marshalling and checkpoints, they would put the public in the cars. For a small fee, anyone could have a route book and travel through the famous stages in their own cars and see the rally drivers’ view, with no timing and no competitive element, in a COVID safe environment. The positive response was massive. Known as the Balade de Bastogne, it too was then postponed from its original April date.
Finally, on the weekend of 8-9 May 450 cars were able to take to the famous stages. “They ranged from the small vintage Fiat 500 to the Audi Sport Quattro, passing by Alpine A110, Renault 5 Turbo, Austin-Healey, and even Buggies and VW Kombis! It was incredible,” said event Director Pierre Delettre of organising Club R.A.C. Spa. “Good humour was widespread, the participants scrupulously respected the health rules in force, and everyone was able to have a hell of a good time ... “ So favourable was the reception, the R.A.C. will run the event again in 2022!