Klatovské faces a demanding year


Members of the PAMK Klatovy will have a rich program in the upcoming season as well. Its main event will be the new editions of the Historic Vltava Rallye and the Rallye Šumava Klatovy, which will once again be held on the same weekend, this year on the dates of April 21-23, 2023. However, this will by no means be the only important date for Klatovy.

The year 2023 has already begun more than a month ago, and the Pošumavský auto moto klub in the AČR (Czech Auto Moto Club) is working at full speed. Its members are currently organizing rally driver training sessions together with the Rally servis company, but they are also gradually intensifying their preparations for their first big peak of the season. That peak will undoubtedly be the weekend of April 21-23, 2023, when the 57th Rallye Šumava Klatovy and its faithful companion, the 31st Historic Vltava Rallye, will take place.

“We can already reveal that the competitions will maintain the format that has worked well for us in the last two years,”

says Jan Petrů, the chairman of the competitions’ organizing committee.

“This means that historic cars will once again race on the special stages on Friday afternoon and then on Saturday, when the finish ramp awaits in the afternoon. We will meet again with domestic drivers who will be struggling for points in our national championship, as well as with foreign participants, including teams registered in the prestigious European Championship. We believe that we will see a lot of interesting technology thanks to them again, but many Czech racers have also had access to such technology in recent years. As for the modern cars participating in the traditional ‘Šumava,’ their crews will compete on the classic special stages on Saturday and then on Sunday, when we will also expect them at the finish line. This year, we are trying to change the courses, but of course, the proven fixed points remain in the program, such as the ceremonial ramp at Klatovy’s Míru square or the service zone in Janovice nad Úhlavou. We don’t want to reveal more yet, but we believe that our competitions will appeal to fans and racers again this year.”

says Jan Petrů

The completion of all participants in the ‘Šumava’ and ‘Vltava’ races will not mean the beginning of downtime for the members of the PAMK Klatovy. Traditionally, many of them help with the organization of other car races in nearby and distant regions, and they also prepare for other motoring (and other) events themselves. Of course, the biggest news of the 2023 season will be the eagerly anticipated Central European Rally in the southwest region of the Czech Republic and actually in the entire Czech motorsport scene, which is included in the World Championship with the date of the last weekend in October. Members of the Pošumavský Auto Moto Club in AČR will also play a significant role in its organization, but we will still have to wait for detailed information about this race.

Karel Špaček, press center.