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It was announced last week in Geneva that the fifty-third running of the Rallye des Alpes, nowadays a five-star event for classic and historic cars, would move one week from its traditional end-of-June date to the first week in July. Thus in 2011, this FIVA Category A regularity rally will be held from Sunday, July 3rd until Friday, July 8th.

While the format of the rally remains much the same as before, with five days of driving through three countries – Switzerland, Austria and Italy – to tackle some of the most famous Alpine roads and with nights spent in five star hotels, there are a couple of minor changes. Firstly, the start venue has moved some sixty kilometres further up the shores of Lac Leman from Geneva to Lausanne. The scrutineering of the cars and the competitor’s documentation will be centred on the Beau-Rivage Palace with its terrace giving fantastic views down the lake and away to Mont Blanc.
Secondly, the last two and half days of the rally will be in Italy with the backdrop of the Dolomites providing a stunning setting for the action. For Thursday and Friday nights, the rally will be based in the Grand Hotel Savoia in Cortina d’Ampezzo, perhaps the most beautiful of all Italian ski resorts.

Another new feature that is being rolled out for the first time is the opportunity for competitors to reduce the cost of entry by opting for a more modest class of hotel.
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