While visiting Europe gathering exciting content for Cars Always, I stumbled across a car gathering outside the famous Hotel des Invalides (the site of Napoleon’s tomb). Naturally I assumed it was either a car show, or a rally for a bunch of wealthy male car enthusiasts. While I was right that it was the beginning of a rally from Paris to the French Rivera, I was wrong that it’s participants were comprised of middle-aged men. The rally called, “Princess’s Rally” is composed entirely of female drivers.
Given the statistics surrounding the car hobby, I think my surprise was justified. Though I take this as a good sign that more people are finding ways to become involved in the car hobby. According to the company who puts on the rally, Zaniroli, “ Princess’s Rally gives all women who love classic or prestigious cars an unusual opportunity to discover a passion for driving, during six straight days of stress-free, fun-filled and friendship-building moments.”
The start of the rally featured many photogenic classics, some of which were being decorated with rally vinyl before the grouped headed off.
Above: A Lancia Fulviasport fitted with rally lights.
Above: The owner of a Ferrari California generously opens the car’s hood – exposing a 4 cam V12
Above: One driver brought her French made Facel Vega to the rally (how appropriate).