Rijeka Masquerade Rally Goes Ahead for 30th Time Despite Coronavirus

Lauren Simmonds

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As Morski writes, the traditional sports event organised by the Rijeka Auto Club marks its 30th anniversary this year. The Rijeka Masquerade Rally has as such continued its unbroken tradition that began back in 1990, this year passing through Rijeka, on the way to Kostrena and Bakar. The participants of the car rally were welcomed by Rijeka Mayor Vojko Obersnel and Deputy Mayor Marko Filipovic.

The rally is otherwise one of the oldest accompanying events of the Rijeka Carnival, starting at the foot of Trsat and ending up in Bakar.

Rijeka’s Masquerade Rally is a unique event of its kind in the world, because the race is partaken in by people is masks, as are all of the present participants – the competitors, their entourage and the judges must be masked, and their appropriately decorated vehicles are also an important part of this unusual event.

It all started back in February the 25th, 1990 when the athletes of the Rijeka Auto Club, out of their genuine love for motorsport and masquerades, came up with the idea of ​​connecting both segments. This is how the Rijeka Masquerade Rally was initially created, which then further developed over the years, was supplemented with new ideas and the number of participants only grew. The rally is partaken in according to the special regulations, relying on the sports rules of the Croatian Auto and Karting Association and respecting traffic safety.

It consists of driving on a given path, by driving among the cones on the training ground, where all participants and their vehicles, including judges, are masked.

As Tomislav Sepic said on behalf of the organisers of the Rijeka Auto Club, this year, no matter how much the current epidemiological measures hindered them, they found a way to gather, albeit in smaller numbers, and mark their 30th anniversary. Today, only members of the sports section of AK Rijeka participated in the rally, including Ivo Pogorilic and Josip Musanovic, who were some of the initiators of this rally, the first of its kind in the world, and who have both been participating in it for all 30 years.

This year there was no real sporting part of the rally, no competition, but there was good fun, joy and a desire to get everything back to normal as soon as possible.

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