Peace Rally to Wrap Up on 6 June at SPIEF 2019
Prince Albert II of Monaco kicked off the International Peace Rally, which is set to wind up on 6 June at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
The Peace Rally, which is being held for the third time, is aimed at strengthening business and cultural relations between Russia and Europe. In 2017 and 2018, participants competed in retro automobiles. Six electric cars, including a unique 1958 Pobeda M-20 with an electric motor, are taking part this time in the first part of the rally – the Electric Marathon, which set off from Monte-Carlo. The route for the first part of the rally passes through 10 countries. The participants have already travelled through Monaco, Italy, San Marino, where they were met by Minister of Territory, Environment, and Tourism Augusto Michelotti, Croatia and Hungary. On 5 June, the participants of the Peace Rally, organized by the Future of the Motherland Charitable Foundation, will arrive in Moscow at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre. The first part of the rally will come to an end on 6 June at SPIEF.
The second part of the Peace Rally includes special vehicles driving under the slogan From St. Petersburg with Love and leaves St. Isaac's Square in St. Petersburg on 8 June as part of the Roscongress SPIEF Drive Festival and finishes on 13 June in Monaco.
The programme of the Roscongress SPIEF Drive Festival also includes the international Ladoga Trophy-Raid, the Leningrad Retro Rally and the Speed Festival race car parade. More than 250 crews on SUVs, quads, and motorcycles from more than 10 countries will take part in the Ladoga Trophy. Participants will have 8 days to cross more than 2500 kilometers in the Leningrad Region and the Republic of Karelia, of which about 400 will be particularly difficult off-road sections. The Leningrad Retro Rally is the first stage of the Russian Automobile Federation (RAF) Retro Rally Cup. Participants in classic cars start at the intersection of Gorokhovaya Street and Admiralteysky Prospect on the evening of 8 June and will travel more than 100 km of scenic roadway before finishing at about 2 am at Konyushennaya Square on 9 June. The Speed Festival race car parade will begin on 7 June at 10 p.m. at Gazprom Arena, pass through the central part of St. Petersburg and will end on 8 June at 3 a.m. at Palace Bridge. In addition to the start and finish, the Festival participants will make stops to take pictures at St. Isaac’s Square, Palace Square, the Field of Mars, and Senate Square. The Festival participants will include winner of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship, multiple winner of the Le Mans series and SMP Racing pilot Viktor Shaytar, who will be driving the first Russian sport prototype BR01, five-time winner of the Dakar Rally Eduard Nikolayev, who will be driving a racing Kamaz and other prominent motorsport representatives in racing vehicles.