The fourth edition of International Retro Rally Bulgaria finished with lots of emotions and smiles. The short but intensive rain on Saturday eve in Troyan, as though washed away the roads, preparing them for the final day of the event. The results from the provisional classification predicted exclusive battle, although the seemingly calm time schedule. Participants and classic vehicles passed another 210 kilometers and did four Special Accuracy Tests. The biggest challenge was the Troyan – Karnare pass, followed by Chato Copsa, Zlatitsa, Mirkovo SAT’s and the finish in Kostinbrod. Occasionally some rain drops fall but that was more just to cool down the engines. Along to the itinerary the official photographer of the Rally – Mr. Vassil Kopchev sealed the most beautiful and picturesque moments which can be seen in the GALERY menu of the web site.
At the finish in Kostinbrod everybody came impatient to know the final results. Until the officials prepared the classification, special guest Orlin Pavlov and his sexy dancers performed a program prepared especially for the crews and the guests.
And the long-awaited moment of the prize giving has come.
First prizes were given to the Class E winners – Aksel Trangbaek and Shinka Marinova with Mercedes 190D and first runner up Liubomir Gaidev and Mila Grigorova with Porsche 356C.
In F class the crew Vladimir Dimitrov and Milka Gyurova with the legendary Opel Ascona took the first place. Although the technical problems next on second place are Emil Voinishki – Petya Voinishka with VW Kaefer and third place goes to Svetoslav Slavkov and Ani Slavkova with BMW 2000.
The big question was – whether the crew Vl. Dimitrov- M. Gyurova will repeat the last first place overall or Aksel will take the prize.
In G class thanks to the unique BMW 635CSi first place went to Petya Komsalova- Dilyan Dimitrov, second place is for George Petkov- Milena Petkova with Mercedes 380 SL, and third are the debutant crew George Andonov – Ana-Maria Andonova with Mercedes 200E.
The Prize for Hot Rod class went to Kristian Zhelev and Kremena Zheleva. Their Jaguar attracted lots of spectators making pictures with the car.
On his greeting The Mayor – Mr. Traiko Mladenov pointed out the great importance of the partnership between municipality and the Organizer for developing the social life of the city. The Vice Minister of Tourism Mr Luben Kanchev and Deputy Regional Governor were part of the prize giving ceremony.
The President of Bulgarian Automobile Club Retro handed over special Prizes for Fair Play to Valery Tzekov and Anton Antonov . They helped to their rivals solving a technical problem. Thanking to them all participants reached the finish. Cups were given to Vladimir Topalov – Kalina Topalova being a doyen crew being a model for devotion and daring spirit. A prize was given to the crew Ivailo Kostadinov- Gabriela Angelova for their debut. Of course acknowledgment was given to the Organizers and a plaque was handed over to Kamen Mikhailov – main propulsion of Retro Rally Bulgaria. Mr. Mikhailov thanked all the mayors, through whose settlements the course of the competition passed, for the good cooperation. Again the MASCOT of the rally – Danny was awarded with a cup. Until everybody were exited with the prizes, the Vice Minister Luben Kanchev urged the locals to participate in the next 2019 edition and proposed a special prize for participant from Kostinbrod. The Mayor acted at once and “appointed” two of the present locals as a crew number one from the Municipality and ordered them to start preparing their Zhiguli right from next Monday.
The culmination of the two days efforts came when the General Classification was announced. The third place overall went to – Georgi Petkov- Milena Petkova, second overall was for Petya Komsalova- Dilyan Dimitrov and the winner is Aksel Trangbaek- Shinka Marinova. They received a symbolic cheque giving them the right of free participation in the Next International Retro Rally Bulgaria 2019.
With this act practically the entry list for the next 5th anniversary edition was opened. Kamen Mikhailov and Co. promised many new surprises.
The COUNTDOWN for INTERNATIONAL RETRO RALLY BULGARIA 2019 STARTED!