The Excitement of WRC - Central European Rally Pt. 3

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Central European Rally

Central European Rally - Hive Rally Car - Photo by Honza Froněk
The WRC Central European Rally 2023 was held from 26 to 29 October 2023. It was introduced to the WRC World Rally Championship this year and it was the first edition of the rally beyond borders as round of the WRC calendar.

It was held in 3 different countries, Czech Republic, Austria and Germany. Ceremonial Start at Hradčany Square in Prague and SS1 taking place on Thursday and Finish Podium on Sunday afternoon in Passau Germany. It was 310km of racing on 18 stages and 1380km of road section

WRC Central European Rally - Germany
Last day of Central European Rally started early, again. Good thing was that we were not that far from Passauer Land, stage that we picked for that day. And we managed to not get lost, miracle i know.

Ott Tänak - Central European Rally
Parking spot for this spectator spot was quite a distance, and it was Sunday so we were lucky to even find a spot, as it was full. Another thing i learned on this trip is that Peak Design Travel Backpack is nice for travel, but not great as an all day long on your back walking through fields bag. It is just too big, and even if you pack it light it still has weight. And usually because there is room you don't pack it really light.

Ott Tänak - Ford Puma Rally1 HYBRID

Central European Rally - Hive Rally Car - Photo by Honza Froněk

WRC Central European Rally

We were at a start line and it was packed with people. Interesting thing here was that you could actually watch the car from the spot in the photo below and then "run" up the hill (photo above) and catch it again. That is kinda rare on a rally stage.

Kalle Rovanperä - Central European Rally

Kalle Rovanperä - Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Thierry Neuville - WRC Central European Rally

Landscapes were amazing. Here you can see people coming and going to the parking lot. That is probably less than half of the road to the parking. And it is quite nice to walk, when you are not in a hurry :)

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After some discussion of where to go next, and getting stuck in traffic (i think the street we were in never seen that amount of cars) we decided to go to the finish line.
Sébastien Ogier - WRC Central European Rally

When we got there it felt like a bad decision. As the spectators zone was starting after the finish line, where cars were already slowing down. So no fast paced action there. But at the end it was a good choice because Hive Rally Car had some problems with the car and was not able to go full speed on the last run.

Kalle Rovanperä and Jonne Halttunen - Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Kalle Rovanperä and Jonne Halttunen - WRC Central European Rally

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Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe - Hyundai i20 Rally1

Mikołaj Marczyk - WRC Central European Rally

Josh McErlean - WRC Central European Rally

Matteo Fontana - Central European Rally

Zoltán László - Central European Rally


After that it was again a race with racing cars to get to Passau on the finishing ceremony. We were lucky with parking as the parking place said there is 1 free parking spot. The place was crowded and the ambient was great.

Hive Rally Car - WRC Passau Germany

Slaven Šekuljica - WRC Passau Germany

Damir Petrović - WRC Passau Germany

Slaven Šekuljica - WRC Passau Germany


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Petr Nešetřil - Passau Germany

Martin Rada - Passau Germany


Slaven Šekuljica - WRC Passau Germany

Only photo of Passau i managed to take. It looks like a beautiful city, but we managed to see it mostly from our car.

Passau Germany


Check out the Official Hive Aftermovie from Central European Rally

Vlog from our trip, some racing footage and interviews with the racing crew


If you missed Part 1 and Part 2

The Excitement of WRC - Central European Rally 2023

The Excitement of WRC - Central European Rally Pt. 2

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Carrying a backpack is surely going to be heavy with time even though it's light not to mention when it is heavy and you need to carry everything you need, hehe.

Passau is a beautiful place, the landscape looks refreshing even through these beautiful pictures you shared of the place.

I'd definitely love to go for one of these kind of events one day and feel the excitement and experience first hand. All the photos are quite revealing that I can try to picture what happened at Passau 🥰.

Thank you so much for updating us more on the events that took place in the last hive rally car at WRC.

i am looking for a smaller one :D it will make me pick less stuff for an everyday walks.

We did not have enough free time to check Passau, but it does look nice. We did get a bit more time in Prague and i can say it is a city i would like to get back for a few days.

Thanks for checking it out.

Yeah having a smaller one will really help you pack just the needed things, so go for it.

Yeah, Prague was indeed a beautiful place too, I guess those places are good places to go to wind down.

I'm happy I found your post, I'm always looking out for it, I need to see all the places the hive rally car went to since I wasn't able to be there live 🥰.

Have a beautiful weekend friend 🤗

I was attended at Croatia WRC in Zagorje and it was phenomenal.

it is an interesting sport, and quite different than i imagined it to be :)

I actually wish I could attend this in real life. Seeing the Hive car run will make me scream my voice out, lol
Nice one!

who knows, maybe one day. i never thought i be there and yet :)

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Racing car. It is always fun witnessing those types of cars race. Always fun

the speed and sound is amazing :)

Really amazing