Since 2006, the Gstaad Yacht Club (GYC) has organised an annual classic car rally in collaboration with the Gstaad Automobile Club (GAC). The rally combines car drive that highlights some of the most beautiful roads in Switzerland with remote-controlled model boat sailing.
On Friday evening, all the pilots and co-pilots met at the GAC for the traditional get-together and registration before driving to the Lac Rétaud. All participants had to test their knowledge about car parts when the evening set down. The wind and weather conditions on the lake allowed for one round of model boat sailing and the dinner party to be hosted outside on the terrace of the fabulously renovated mountain restaurant.
The next morning a splash of rain did not hinder any of the participants. After coffee and croissants in the GYC all 26 cars were lined up for the start in front of Le Grand Bellevue. The participants started their engines and headed, following the road book and a picture competition, through magnificent small roads of the Fribourg landscape towards their first stop at the Schloss Münchenwiler, a former Cluniac monastery.
The 26 cars were then challenged all the way through the Jura up to the heights of the Col du Chasseral. Crossing the four cantons of Bern, Vaud, Fribourg and Neuchâtel, the cars were making their way back down to Scheunenberg, in the municipality of Wengi. They were welcomed for an aperitif in the beautiful gardens with a Sknife atelier. Chef Kurt Mösching – originally from Schönried, served a magnificent lunch at the restaurant Sonne.
In the afternoon, the cars followed the route back through the landscape of the Bernese Seeland and Oberland back to Gstaad.
The winner of the 13th edition of the Rally & Yachting with a 1979 Morgan 8+ was followed by a 1970 Rolls Royce Corniche and a Bentley S3 from 1963.
In the evening, everybody got together for the prize giving dinner at the GYC Clubhouse, where British racing legend and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year of 1973 Sir Jackie Stewart gave an entertaining and emotional presentation.
Born in 1939, Sir Jackie was involved with cars from an early age. Leaving school at 15, (his dyslexia undiagnosed until much later), he found his personal voice in sport, first as an Olympic-class shot, then in motor racing. Sir Jackie’s motor racing career took off internationally in 1965 when he scored the first of his 27 Grand Prix Championship victories at Monza. During his Formula One career he was crowned World Champion three times (1969, 1971 and 1973) and achieved a total of 27 victories, out of 99 races.
Amongst his greatest achievements off the track were tremendous improvements in motor racing’s safety. Sir Jackie also founded the charity organisation Race Against Dementia, which he created in honour of his wife’s battle against this disorder.
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