German police stopped a convoy of over 120 sports cars traveling from Norway to Poland on suspicion they were illegally street racing on the Autobahn.
Welcome to Eurorally, an annual event that sees a whole bunch of car enthusiasts bring their sweetest set of wheels to travel all across Europe. It’s not a race, although there are certainly some fast cars participating. Muscle cars, supercars, hot hatches, and classic sports cars all take part in the cross-continental rally.
According to the Eurorally website, it costs $615 to enter the rally (or $900 if you’re a single driver--carpooling is encouraged in eco-conscious Europe) and goes from Oslo, Norway all the way to Prague, Czech Republic. "There will be parties at each destination, and at the final destination in Prague we will be hosting a farewell-party where participants will be given awards in various categories."
Every part of the rally takes place on roads, except for an overnight mini-cruise from Gothenburg, Sweden to Kiel, Germany. Consider the whole thing like a week-long automotive party.
Only this year there was a problem. According to German newspaper Bild, the entire convoy was stopped on suspicion that at least some of the drivers were racing on the Autobahn.
While there are stretches of the Autobahn that have no speed limits, street racing is still strictly prohibited. Witnesses state that cars were traveling at high speeds and using the emergency lane to pass one another--another illegal practice.
So the German police stepped in. They set up a roadblock and pulled over the entire convoy while they investigated the claims. And this was serious business; as you can see in the video from Global News, there were dozens of officers with many of them heavily armed.
It’s unknown if the street allegations were confirmed or if any of the drivers were charged. What we do know is that Eurorally remained stopped for half a day while the police investigated. Eventually, the convoy was allowed to proceed to Poland, although each car was let go one at a time and with plenty of space between them.
Eurorally did eventually reach Prague where they had the expected party. Rally organizers are already preparing the route for next year, although it might try to avoid Germany this time.