The Mercedes-Benz Republic Rally, organized by the Classic Car Club, with the main sponsorship of Mercedes-Benz every year to experience the enthusiasm of the Republic Day, started on Friday, October 28th.
The Mercedes-Benz Rally of the Republic, which will bring together classic car enthusiasts, will start from Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul on the first day and end at Benesta Acıbadem at the end of the 312 km track on the second day.
A total of 1952 cars were registered to the organization, in which 220 Mercedes-Benzes will take part, the oldest being the 1989 model Mercedes-Benz 300 and the youngest 39 model Mercedes-Benz 90 SL.
The Mercedes-Benz Republic Rally, organized in cooperation with Mercedes-Benz and the Classic Car Club, will be held between 28-29 October this year. Organized to keep the Republic Day enthusiasm alive, the rally brings together classic car enthusiasts for two days. The Mercedes-Benz Republic Rally, which started on Friday, October 28, 2022 from Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, will end at the Silivri Şölen Chocolate Factory, accompanied by the unique flavors of Şölen.
On the second day, the rally, which will start at the Sait Halim Paşa Mansion, which combines the magnificent atmosphere of Ottoman architecture with the fascinating Bosphorus view, will end at Benesta Acıbadem after the completion of the determined stages. The award ceremony of the rally will be held together with the “Republican Ball” to be held at the Sait Halim Paşa Mansion on Sunday, October 30th.
Mercedes-Benz Rally of the Republic, with its world-class rally organization, with 190 participants and a technical support team, will provide a classic car feast for three days in Istanbul.
Şükrü Bekdikhan, Chairman of the Mercedes-Benz Automotive Executive Board and Automobile Group: “Mercedes has a very special place in the history of the Republic”
Speaking before the races, Şükrü Bekdikhan, Chairman of the Executive Board of Mercedes-Benz Automotive and Automobile Group; “One of the 100th anniversary of our Republic, I congratulate all of you on the Republic Day with my sincere wishes. Welcome to the Mercedes-Benz Rally of the Republic, all of you. As you know, with the valuable cooperation of the Classic Car Club, we are organizing the Mercedes-Benz Republic Rally, whose reputation has exceeded our limits for the last 7 years, to share the enthusiasm of the Republic Day by adding a nice touch. Mercedes has a very special place in the history of the Republic. Daimler says cars are underused in Europe zamHe had established his first dealership in Istanbul at the same time. The Sindelfingen model of Mercedes, produced between 1924 and 1929, is the same zamIt is now known as the first vehicle used by Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Founder of our Republic. This is an invaluable source of pride for us. On this occasion, we commemorate with mercy and gratitude all our brothers in arms and martyrs, especially Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who gifted us this day. With its world-class rally organization, Mercedes-Benz Rally of the Republic will bring a classic car festival to life in Istanbul for three days. We are very proud of the increasing participation of female drivers in rallies: 190 out of 80 participants this year are female drivers. The "she She's Mercedes" special award within the scope of the "She's Mercedes" platform, where we, as Mercedes-Benz, aim to inspire and encourage women all over the world, will also meet with its owner at the end of the organization. I wish success to all competitors.” she said.
Visual feast with classic cars
The Mercedes-Benz Rally of the Republic, followed with interest by classic car lovers and owners, will blow nostalgia on the roads of Istanbul. The members of the Classic Car Club, including the leading names of the automotive industry, classic car owners and collectors, museum owners, artists and names from the business world, will compete in the rally with their magnificent cars. Those who want to watch the rally and see the classic cars with interesting stories closely attended the rally start in front of Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul on Friday, October 28, 2022 at 11.00:XNUMX am.
A total of 1952 classic cars were registered for the organization, in which 220 classic Mercedes-Benzes will take place, the oldest being the 39 model Mercedes-Benz 90. The 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was the youngest of the classics, all of which were kept in private garages and hit the road for this rally.
The interest of female classicists is increasing every year.
The interest of female users in the classic car rally, which is held 3 times a year, is increasing day by day. While the number of female participants in the rally increased this year, reaching 80; Mercedes-Benz will also give the “she She's Mercedes” special award within the scope of the “she She's Mercedes” platform, which aims to inspire and encourage women around the world.
SL legend from past to present
The new Mercedes-AMG SL, the last representative of the SL series, which has been valued as an icon among car enthusiasts since Mercedes-Benz was first launched in 1954, is among the vehicles to be exhibited in the rally. This last representative of the SL series, which has a very distinguished place among the roadsters in automobile history, was developed entirely by Mercedes-AMG for the first time. Therefore, the elegance of its design is strengthened by the high performance riveted by AMG.
Support for the Make a Wish Association
As every year, a social responsibility project will be supported at the rally this year and donations will be made to the Make a Wish Association, an international organization for children struggling with life-threatening diseases. “Make a Wish Association” has been operating in Turkey since 2000. In Turkey, the Make a Wish Foundation, founded by Carole Hakko, realizes the wishes of children between the ages of 3 and 18 who are struggling with a life-threatening disease.