I'm At Rallye Deutschland To Watch WRC Cars Fly

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Believe it or not, I have never been to a stage rally. I’m all but surrounded by various drivers and codrivers, but I haven’t seen them rally. Naturally, my first trip to a rally should be a full World Rally Championship round. That’s why I’m finally here at Rallye Deutschland. I want to see loud cars shoot flames and fly.

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Rallye Deutschland is one of the most infamous tarmac rallies in the world. It’s all paved, and on Saturday, stages take place on the Baumholder military base. There, large concrete hinkelsteins are just off the pavement. They’re meant to keep tanks driving straight. You really don’t want to hit one of those in a car.

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There are lots of good cars here, particularly the rally-prepped Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport that’s here. I plan to drool on it like the gigantic Porsche fangirl I am.

Cayman rally car? Yes.
Cayman rally car? Yes.
Photo: Stef Schrader

There’s also a supporting class of small Opel Adams. They’re so cute, and we don’t get them in the U.S.! Friend of Jalopnik Alex Kihurani is codriving one, with the American flag on display on the wing endplates.

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If you want to keep up with the rally at home, the World Rally Championship is really good about putting summarizing the stage action up on YouTube here. WRC Plus is the series’ subscription streaming service that now covers every hour of the action live through live stage maps, onboards and video, should you have €8.99 a month to spend on the “All Live” tier and hours to burn on excellent yump footage.

And if you are actually at Rallye Deutschland, please adopt me, the total rally novice. Chime in below on some good places to camp out for the stages and I may try to organize a meeting spot at a good hairpin or jump somewhere.

Moderator, OppositeLock. Former Staff Writer, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.

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DISCUSSION

I went to Rallye Deutschland, and I’m convinced the only way to really enjoy WRC rally action is if you have a helicopter.

1. You can’t camp out and watch all the cars go by, then head to the next stage viewing spot. I think this was our approach the first day, and we only saw one top tier WRC driver go by. The rest of the day was watching the lower tiers.

2. You need to get there reeeeealy early. The parking areas are generally not terribly close to the spectating areas, so you might have a 20 minute walk from parking to get to the course.

3. The racecars drive on the same roads that you do between stages....which was probably my favourite part. Trying to work our german GPS and map reading skills to find out how to get to the next stage, we notice a WRC Focus up ahead and decide to just follow it.

4. Best approach might be to pre-plan maybe 2 or three stages you want to watch. We ended up doing a lot of driving between stages because we can’t really go WRC speeds to get there.