Switzerland has many World Class Roads and Passes that climb high and are amazingly stunning. They remain impassable until the Summer thaw, including the awesome Grimsel & Furka Passes which also feature in 007’s Goldfinger. Will you take up the James Bond Challenge and support a charity whilst enjoying 007’s iconic locations. This includes the Golden Eye Dam and you can even do the same Bungee jump as James Bond. You will be almost at the same height (over 9000 feet) and next to the Mighty Eiger as you travel by cable car to the summit of the James Bond’s ‘On Her Majesties Secret Service’ mountain. We even drive the awesome (Top Gear’s “World’s most Amazing Road”) Stelvio Pass.
A 4 Day Run visiting some of Bond’s and Switzerland’s most Challenging and beautiful Mountain Passes.
This is the 8 Countries Challenge
So much in Just 4 Days – what else would you be doing? you can even do it for Charity
Do you accept the Challenge?
France – Switzerland – Liechtenstein – Italy – Austria – Germany – Luxembourg – Belgium
IMPORTANT:- This rally includes the return journey back to Calais
This is the 8 Countries Challenge
This video with sound was created by team ‘Spectre-Acular showing their adventure on the Fireball Rally (Thanks Ian Pendry, Alan Cooper, & Ben Hyatt for sharing your masterpiece)
Thursday Evening – 6th September – before the Rally, the Pre-Rally Briefing
Pre-Rally Briefing, although this is not a Rally day, the camping here is at no cost to you.
Meet and greet from 4pm ……Our first night in this truly lovely Kent Campsite. Time here for introductions, where all the Fireball Rally Drivers and Navigators from around Britain meet each other and are issued with their Car Decals. This will be the first rally for some, so an overall briefing of the Rally will be given in the Bar, including more detailed information on tomorrows leg of the rally. Map coordinates and Sat Nav coordinates will be explained here along with more information on setting your Sat Navs for the assault on Europe as not every mountain has a post code. As we’re in the bar area, we’ll all enjoy a couple of quizzes for teams to check their knowledge on continental driving……. and what you don’t know, you’ll find out here. The excitement and anticipation of a great adventure begins here along with meeting fellow adventurers who will become your good friends.
The Rally begins tomorrow at the very moment your car tyres hit the French tarmac.
This Jet Engined V1 came visiting in 1944
Day 1 Friday 7th September
The FIRST LEG of the RALLY We arrive in Calais and now the Rally begins. Like a coiled spring, we’re off to find the Sunshine and travel South through France. By now you’ll know your destination and you’ll have decided where you want to stop off to enjoy the sights of Europe as you travel Southwards towards Switzerland. Maybe you fancy dropping into the Magnificent Palace of the sun god Louis XIV in Versailles or visiting the V2 Rocket Blockhouse in Eperlecques, designed to send unmanned bombs to obliterate London
Day 2 – Saturday, 8th September
We camp in an amazing Swiss Campsite on the banks of Lake Geneva.
Lake Geneva is divided between Switzerland and France and boasts the iconic statue of Freddie Mercury in stunning Montreux …….. A quick drive and you’ll have one for the photo album?
Our adventure begins, do you know how many missions 007 had in Switzerland? What a fantastic way to find out !!!
007’s ‘On Her Majesties Secret Service’ was filmed here and you can have a real adventure by visiting Piz Gloria via two cable cars and traveling to the very top of the Mountain. Reward your efforts in this revolving restaurant which is 9,786ft above sea level and stands next to the Eiger seen in this picture.
From this point on, it’s James Bond territory, the Dam from Golden Eye, The Petrol Station and the Furka Pass where Tilly (sister of the Gold Painted lady) Masterson’s car was cut up by the DB5’S Whirling Wing Nuts and James witnessed an assassination attempt on Goldfinger’s life, the revolving restaurant ‘Piz Gloria’ which became Blofelds secret fortess in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’, but mostly, it will be the mountain passes that will challenge you….the adventure starts on this day.
The Furka Pass featured in Goldfinger with the DB5 and Ford Mustang chase sequence involving the whirling wheel nuts. ‘Top Gear’ enjoyed the hairpin bends too.
Switzerland’s Beauty and Mountain Passes have a magnetic attraction. The roads are built with the precision of a Swiss Clock, scaling almost vertical cliff faces. Where else in the World do you actually marvel at the roads?
With enough time to visit an amazing Glacier ……….. and even go inside, it would be churlish not to, after all, how many can claim to have been inside a real Glacier?
The Golden Eye Dam
It’s so awesome that if you fancy a go, enough people lose their nerve, that you should have no trouble finding a slot at the 007 Bungee Jump Platform.
Day 3 – Sunday, 9th September
The Rally continues into the third day still in Switzerland but heads south towards Italy, through the Stelvio Pass and now up to Liechtenstein and into Austria to Bregenz and the shores of lake Constance where the most amazing opera house was ironically playing ‘Tosca’ and Mr Greene was meeting other senior Quantum agents, only to be rumbled by James Bond.
The Quantum Opera House
We continue onward to Germany. This will be our last night but with Certificates & Trophies to be presented, the Fireballers celebrate our great Adventure together. Having followed in the footsteps of 007, we toast him and take pride in our accomplishments.
a) Most money gained for their chosen charity
b) Best and most interesting costume worn every day, all day
c) The most amazing Car Creation regardless of it’s age.
d) Oldest, cheapest or most unlikely banger rally car to make it round.
Day 4 – Monday, 10th September
With fresh air blowing away the cobwebs from last night’s celebrations, the intrepid adventurers are set for the journey home. Luxembourg and Belgium are yet to be conquered and Bruges has a beautiful Square with cafe’s and restaurants. With luck, we’ll all meet here for the last time on this Rally, to say our goodbyes and wonder what themes our cars will take in next years rally. Trust me, we’ll all keep in touch through Facebook as the next Fireball Rally approaches.
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