It was supposed to be a rally event for real man of the world and not for ambitious champions or future heroes. Due to the latest incidents occurred in Tunisia we have learned one more time that history has caught up with the present. With a heavy heart we must officially cancel the 1st Hannibal Classic Rally - postponing the event until next year for the time being. Of course all payments and entries already made will be fully refunded. Nevertheless we are pleased about the big number of participants who showed us their unlimited enthusiasm on this truly outstanding project. One of the most interesting preparations for 2012 is the exploration of the entire rally track together with a group of friends - as soon as the situation has calmed in Tunisia. But we will book the rooms on the spot by conquering stage after stage, and we will stop wherever and how long we want. One thing still remains the same: after visiting breathtaking historical sites and places of interest, sooner or later we will reach Carthage - the rally's final destination! Reports and photos of our almost "private" Hannibal Classic Rally will be posted on the event's website: www.hannibal-classic-rallye.at
We are ready for Tunisian adventures and we look forward to experiencing the country's genuine and heartfelt hospitality. First of all, we wish them all the best for their newly won freedom. And we hope that Tunisia's tourism recovers very soon – which would also pave the way for the coming 2012 Hannibal Classic Rally. At least one thing is already for sure on Friday, 15 April 2011: we expect a really splendid performance of "Hannibal", the ultimate open-air spectacle on Sölden's Rettenbach glacier. I would like to thank all those untiring assistants who supported the preparations, and I really hope that our collaboration will be equally outstanding if we make a second attempt. Such an ambitious project can be realized only with a perfect team in the background.
I wish you all the best – smooth driving on uncongested routes! Best regards from the Ötztal, Ernst Lorenzi