To map the history of Barum Rally? What a challenge! Six years of very systematic investigation and even detective work is coming to its end. Is six hundred pages of competition’s history a lot or not much? Regarding the forty-six-year tradition of Barum Rally it might seem not much, but on the other hand who of us ever read such an extensive book? And this was another challenge – to find acceptable ratio among factography, stories, photographs and results. Yellow-Blue Rally book is a book-giant. Giant-like by its range, the number of co-workers and by its budget. Our previous book publications have become in many ways a standard for other authors and organizers.
Yellow-Blue Rally will also be innovative mainly by its limited edition enriched by sign-cards in A4 format, which are fixed part of the book. Every single card introduces one of eight winners of far and recent history of Barum Rally, which we had the luck to persuade to arrive and sign. 600 times! It took quite some time, but the result is a unique series of book, which was helped by Monica Eckardt from Germany, Jan-Olof Bohlin from Sweden and Arlid Antonsen from Norway. Just for signatures the longest journey to travel was managed by John Haugland from Norway (cca 1,500 km) and Raimund Baumschlager from Austria (cca 540 km). Gentlemen Kresta and Demuth drove over 300 km, Vaclav Pech’s distance was little under 200 km, Jan Kopecky roughly 150 km, Jiri Sedivy, M.Sc. some 110 km and Vaclav Blahna from Prague 100 km. Obviously, the same distance back home. Detailed interviews from this unique event including photographs of all participants can be found in section News.
Regardless the limited edition the book contains 46 comments to all held years of Barum Rally, complete results and a row of stories of direct participants from the history of the competition such as prof. Cuba, Josef Kopecky, Vaclav Blahna, Josef Sivik, Jakke Honkanen and also Zdenek Ponc, Jan Mach and others. Unfortunately, we were the last the get the interview from Miroslav Caslavka... Our effort was to avoid, if possible, known photographs and to bring some new, not yet if ever seen. We believe that we have succeeded.
Daniel Porazil, author