Rally in green hills dotted with dozens of wineries and vineyards
Mosel, the river called 'Mother' in Germany, has its riverhead in France. The river weaves eastward and meets 'Father' Rhein at Koblenz. In the midst of summer, the ADAC Rallye Deutschland was held in the Mosel river valley, the renowned production center of wine. Winery industry in this area dates back to ancient Roman times. The land along the river is covered with vineyards and spotted with many family-run wineries. The SUZUKI World Rally Team stayed at a small hotel run by one of those wineries.
Trier, where the rally head quarter located is the oldest city in Germany. In fact, it is not uncommon when ruins are discovered at a construction site in the city for work to be delayed. Historical landmarks in Trier such as Porta Nigra; the Roman gate or the basilica of Constantine and like that have been registered on the World Heritage List since 1986.
We went to the city center in the beginning of the rally week and saw some famous architecture. The basilica was built originally as the palace of Constantine on the south of the cathedral that was once the palace of Helena, the mother of Constantine. This basilica was used as the palace during Carolingian Empire and after that it was the mansion of the archbishop of Trier. Then, since 19th century, it has been used as the church. The renaissance architecture was the palace built on the south of the basilica. It is now used as the ward office and museum.
We also went to a square. There were a wide variety of market stalls in the square!
Once the rally got underway, team members spend all the daytime in the service park. Here are some of the photos taken there. A picture shows car inspection took place on the Wednesday. Of course our SX4 WRCs were all right. Look! The mechanics of Toni's car were wearing balaclava disguises. The cars were all set before the ceremonial start.
In the Friday evening, 'SUZUKI Rally Night', the PR function of the 'SUZUKI Rally Cup" held in Germany took place at a corner of the service park. On weekends, there were a large number of fans came to visit and cheer us!
Finally, here are some notes on the food of the region. Stewed venison was one of the typical dishes there. Then, we should introduce Mosel wine made of only Riesling grapes. We visited a winery and enjoyed tasting. Can you imagine how it was? It was sweet with some hams and cheese? Feel like coming to Germany?
For souvenir, world-famous Haribo's gummi and Werther's Original candy made in Germany are appreciated; also you can get them maybe in your country, though.
We are now preparing for rally New Zealand. Please look forward to hearing from us in NZ.