Posted by: viewfromtheriva | September 27, 2014

Split hosts int’l Grenzland Rally–featuring 21 pre-war classic cars


The official rally placard, mounted on each car

The official rally placard, mounted on each car

Even in late September, when the big summer festivals are over and the tourist season starts to slow down, Split once again shows that it really knows how to lure world-class events.  Today, under brilliant blue skies on the city’s waterfront Riva, Split played host to the international  Grenzland 2014, one of Europe’a most important classic car rallies.

Wonderfully instrumented dash of this vintage Aston Marton with a speedo topping out at 120

Wonderfully instrumented dash of this 1935 Aston Martin, with a speedo topping out at 120 and an RPM redline of 4500.

Twenty one pre-war cars from 7 different countries made their way up up the Riva today, giving several thousand onlookers a rare view of some of the most iconic cars in motoring–several of which were museum quality restorations worth more than $1 million.

Talbots were produced from 1903 to 1992 under a series of British/French and even American auspices.  This boat-tailed racecar, with its giant polished gas cap, was one of several factory team cars that won a ton of races.

Talbots were produced from 1903 to 1992 under a series of British/French and even American auspices. This boat-tailed race car, topped with a giant polished gas cap, was a former Talbot factory team car that won a ton of races during its prime.

1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, shown below, was just one of the stars of a rally that featured not only Aston-Martin, Rolls Royce, BMW and Mercedes–all of whom are still making great automobiles–but legendary

Stunning woodwork and instrumentation on a beautifully restored Invicta

Stunning woodwork and instrumentation on a beautifully restored Invicta.  This British manufacturer gained fame for its success in long-distance racing.  In 1929, an Invicta covered 48,000km (30,000 miles) in 500 hours  averaging an astonishing 61.7 mph.

car makers whose glorious brands have long since disappeared: Talbot, Lagonda, Alvis, Invicta, Delahaye, Bugatti and others.  And for those of us who love seeing them and watching them roar to life, today was a treat!

Gorgeous

From coachwork to cockpit, the sheer array of design, engineering and luxury was astonishing.  Several owners opened their engine cowlings to reveal the marvel of pre-war engineering that went into these cars.  The 100 year old Rolls for example, with 12 cylinders, was particularly spectacular with brass as well as cast iron fittings.

Massive 12 cylinder engine in the 1913 Rolls. Notice the solid brass fittings above and at the side of the engine.

Massive 12 cylinder engine in the 1913 Rolls. Notice the solid brass fittings above and at the side of the engine.

This gorgeous BMW convertible, one of the few left hand drive cars in the rally, sports   fabulous fenders and full wheel skirts.

This gorgeous BMW convertible, one of the few left hand drive cars in the rally, sports fabulous fenders and full wheel skirts.

Under the auspices of the Split Old Timers Club (Croatians affectionately call all cars still on the road after 30 years “old timers”), the rally began promptly at 11:30 with a panoramic ride around the city and Marjan and then continued to Zadar (along secondary roads to make it easier on both the cars and the drivers!)

Delahaye was a pioneering French car maker that produced cars from 1895 to 1954.  These glorious cars wee Famed for their coachwork as well as their racing success, often beating Mercedes at major races during the 1930's which made them the pride of France.

Delahaye was a pioneering French car maker that produced cars from 1895 to 1954. These beautiful cars were famed for their coachwork as well as their racing success; often beating Mercedes at major races during the 1930’s which made them the pride of France.

After Zadar, the cars and their crews will continue on a 1,500km jaunt visiting Plitvice, Zagreb, Ilok, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Visegrad, Sarajevo, Mostar and

The oldest car in the rally, fabulously restored, was this grand touring 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost--hard to believe, 102 years old!

The oldest car in the rally, fabulously restored, was this grand touring 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost–hard to believe, 102 years old!

Makarska, returning to Split on October 3 in the late afternoon—so be sure to mark the day so you won’t miss this rare chance to see a truly golden age of motoring!

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  1. Great blog, Robert: In a few years time maybe your Merc will be “rally material” !


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