Tulpenrallye 1968

  • 3436Kilometers
  • 71Equipes at the start
  • 50Equipes at the finish
  • Piet Nortier
  • Noordwijk (NL)
  • Noordwijk (NL)

THE STORY OF 1968

The Tulpenrallye, together with the Monte Carlo Rallye, is one of the two most important events in the European Championship, which consists of sixteen rallies. Organizing rallies in Europe is becoming increasingly difficult with growing traffic, but thanks to good contacts with the authorities in Belgium and France, the Tulpenrallye has been able to present a high-profile event to the participants every year. Nevertheless, there are some dark clouds above the event. BP International withdraws as a sponsor and the remaining support from BP Netherlands is an insufficient financial basis. Negotiations with a new main sponsor are unsuccessful, but at the last moment the rally is rescued through the support of a number of smaller sponsors.

Luxembourg is not included in the route this year. The number of special stages has been increased, while the number of special test has been reduced in order to give the amateurs a better chance to stay close to the factory teams. In addition to the fixed time checks, a larger number of additional checks have also been included in the route. The technical scrutineering is again very strict. To prevent tampering with the engines, these are being sealed at the start and secret technical inspections are planned along the way.

Vic Elford does not start, due to obligations at the 1000 km of Monza. Well-known names at the start are Ove Andersson-Davenport with Ford Escort, Hannu Mikkola with Datsun, Timo Mäkinen with Mini Cooper and Larousse with Renault Alpine. The competition Alpines have only been completed two days before the rally and are being used in rally competition for the first time. Other acquaintances at the start include Gilbert Staepelaere, Roger Clark, Andruet (also with Renault Alpine) Gerard van Lennep with Shelby Mustang, Ben Pon with VW Beetle 1500 and Rob Slotemaker with Rob Jansen in a BMW 2002. The DAF 55 makes its rally debut in this Tulpenrallye.

More than half of the cars appear at the start with extensive advertising, because nothing is stated in the regulations of the rally about this. The KNAC does not allow this however, so all advertisements must be removed from the cars. The rally has 22 special stages and special tests. After the start, the participants will complete two special stages in Zolder and La Reid (hill climb). The crews then arrive in Sarrebourg in the Vosges via a simple route. Well-known routes such as the Col de la Charbonnière, Ballon d’Alsace, Col de Fouchy and Route Joffre are again included in the route. An entirely new test has been set out at St. Odile. From St. Maurice sur Moselle the route then continues via Morez, Croisette and Mont Salève to Annecy. The participants can then rest here before they start a night through the French Alps. The route is similar to that of last year, but now in the opposite direction. Also now this route is very challenging, partly because there is still some snow on the road and many teams do incur penalty points. In Rumilly, in the parking lot at Chéval Blanc, the next day starts with a two-hour rest, followed by the special stage on the Mont Clergéon. The route then goes via the Col de la Faucille, Cote de Bienne, Belfort and the Ballon d’Alsace over the Cols du Bramont, the Brabant, the Fouchy and the Breitenbach to Sarrebourg. In Belgium a whole new route is being integrated in the rally, including the climb at La Roche and a special stage around the Route du Mond. The final test is then on the Vlasakkers near Amersfoort, as it has been decided to abandon the Zandvoort test because in the past this has led to increasingly full roads to the circuit.

Larousse is in the lead at the start of the second day, but immediately incurs a number of penalty points. Staepelaere then leads, followed by Andruet a few seconds behind him. Then follows the descent from the Ballon d’Alsace to the Lac d’Alfeld. Only the two Renault Alpines reach the average of 79 km / h. Staepelaere also tries, but leaves the road and his Ford Escort is total loss. The DAFs are also showing their best side on this test. Claude Laurent and Theo Koks, together with Jaap Dik, are the fastest in their class with the DAFs. The Intermediary classification in Annecy consists exclusively of top riders: Andruet leads, followed by Clark, Andersson, Mikkola and Larousse. The differences are very small. The night in the Alps is challenging. The pressure becomes too much for andruet;  both Ford Escorts come closer and he decides to give up. Gerard van Lennep also has to give up after the Ballon d’Alsace with a broken rear axle. On the Col de Bramont the weather is bad and the leader in the touring car class, Timo Mäkinen, gets off the road at high speed. He lands 7 meters lower in a pasture. After half an hour he finds a farmer who puts his car back on the road with a tractor. Spectators have already removed the rally plates from the car. Mäkinen goes for it again and in the next trajectory of 150 km he is back on time. However, a victory is no longer there. The final test on the Vlasakkers provides the necessary fireworks, but does not bring any changes to the classification anymore. Slotemaker thinks he has won the classification in the touring cars at the finish. Unfortunately, the results centre has made a mistake that is corrected and then he ends in second position. Larousse loses the rally by taking a wrong turn in Belgium; he discovers that too late.

At the finish all participants agree that the 20th edition is the best Tulpenrallye so far. Roger Clark and Ove Andersson prove the enormous potential of the new Escorts and finish respectively as first and second, ahead of Lunenius with the Datsun and Larousse with the Renault.

PICTURES 1968

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PARTICIPANTS 1968

Driver / Navigator
Category
STNR.DriverNavigatorCategoryCar
1Hannu Mikkola SFAnssi Järvi SFDatsun fairlady
2Jorma Lusenius SFKlaus Lehto SFDatsun fairlady
3Norman Harvey GBHywel Thomas GBPorsche 911 s
4Jack Tordoff GBDonald Griffiths GBPorsche 911 t
5Brain Petch GBHarold Miller GBAustin-healey 3000 mkiii
6Dick Schwarz NLGerard van Lennep NLShelby mustang gt 350
7Anton Groenewegen NLRob Boekhout NLTriumph spitfire gt 6
15Gérard Larrousse FMarcel Callewaert FAlpine-renault a 110
16Jean-Claude Andruet FJean Todt FAlpine-renault a 110
17Freddy Krause FMichel Godichard FAlpine-renault a 110
18Roger Clark GBJim Porter GBFord escort twin cam
19Ove Andersson SJohn Davenport GBFord escort twin cam
20Gilbert Staepelaere BAndré Aerts BFord escort twin cam
21Arie Boot NLJaap van Leggelo NLMatra sports djet vs
22Jean Baerhenzung FRJacques Hoffert FRHonda s 800
23D. Greenslade GBF. Palk GBHillman imp
29Henri Gréder FEtienne Stalpaert BOpel kadett rallye 1900
30Rob Slotemaker NLRob Janssen NLBmw 2002
31Poul Pedersen DKPer Christensen DKVolvo 123 gt
32Carl Syberg DKBfrge Pedersen DKOpel commodore gs
33Jan Langer-Andersen DKHolger Mfller-Nielsen DKFiat 125 a berlina
33Jan Langer-Andersen DKHolger Mfller-Nielsen DKFiat 125 a berlina
34John Tait GBNissan skyliner gt
35Hans Lannsjö SHans Sundin SOpel commodore gs
36Günther Kolwes DHolger Heine DVolvo 122 s
36Günther Kolwes DHolger Heine DVolvo 122 s
37Harry Kiviet NLKees van Grieken NLVolvo 122 s
37Harry Kiviet NLKees van Grieken NLVolvo 122 s
38Harry Bierman NLSid Brandsma NLBmw 2000 ti
38Harry Bierman NLSid Brandsma NLBmw 2000 ti
39Jaap Stoof NLLouis Bloemers NLBmw 2000 tilux
47Nicolas Koob LAly Kridel LAlfa romeo gta
47Nicolas Koob LAly Kridel LAlfa romeo gta
48Gwer Reichen CHMme. Michelle Seitz GHAlfa romeo gta
49Johan van der Lof NLClaus Korink DAlfa romeo giulia sprint
49Johan van der Lof NLClaus Korink DAlfa romeo giulia sprint
50Frans van Rooyen NLHan van der Horst NLAlfa romeo 1600 s ti
50Frans van Rooyen NLHan van der Horst NLAlfa romeo 1600 s ti
51Harry Cooper GBFrank Radford GBFord cortina lotus
51Harry Cooper GBFrank Radford GBFord cortina lotus
52Wim Beers NLMevr. Andrée Beers NLFord cortina lotus
52Wim Beers NLMevr. Andrée Beers NLFord cortina lotus
53Donald Fortherby GBMrs. Una Collier GBFord cortina gt
53Donald Fortherby GBMrs. Una Collier GBFord cortina gt
54Terry Hall GBAlan Whitham GBFord saloon
55Ronald Hancock GBJames Gray GBFord cortina lotus
55Ronald Hancock GBJames Gray GBFord cortina lotus
56Robert Nellemann DKCarlo Nielsen DKFord cortina
56Robert Nellemann DKCarlo Nielsen DKFord cortina
57Maarten van Wamelen NLMaarten Jonker NLBmw 1600 ti
58Ad Haans NLMarcel Verbunt NLBmw 1600 ti
58Ad Haans NLMarcel Verbunt NLBmw 1600 ti
59Gerard Smit NLLeo Smit NLBmw 1600 ti
59Gerard Smit NLLeo Smit NLBmw 1600 ti
60Cor Poppelaars NLWim Nugteren NLBmw 1600 ti
60Cor Poppelaars NLWim Nugteren NLBmw 1600 ti
61Preben Andersen DKErik Hansen DKFiat 124 coupé
62Bo Bäckman SRoine Helander SSaab v4 sedan
62Bo Bäckman SRoine Helander SSaab v4 sedan
63Anders Sigurdson SIngvar Ström SSaab v4 sedan
63Anders Sigurdson SIngvar Ström SSaab v4 sedan
64Jan Konink NLKees Lissone NLPorsche 912
64Jan Konink NLKees Lissone NLPorsche 912
65Dirk de Wild NLWil de Wild NLVw 1600 tl
65Dirk de Wild NLWil de Wild NLVw 1600 tl
66Hub Pellikaan NLPeter Hilders NLVw 1500 kever
67H. de Jong NLTh. Schoonderbeek NLBmw 1600 ti
73Timo Mäkinen SFPaul Easter GBBmc mini cooper s
74Julien Vernaeve BMike Wood GBBmc mini cooper s
75Ian Stevenson GBPaul Appleby GBAustin cooper s
76Stanley Eakins GBWilliam Gowdy GBBmc mini cooper s
77Thomas Wilson GBKenneth Pryor GBAustin cooper s
78David Friswell GBMichael Merreck GBBmc mini cooper s
79John Bennet GBGeorge Bowes GBAustin cooper s
79John Bennet GBGeorge Bowes GBAustin cooper s
80Harald Andersen DKMrs. Oda Dencker DAustin cooper s
81Hein van Nievelt NLTom Gatsonides NLAustin cooper s
82Miss. Carolyn Tyler GBMiss. Gillian Laggett GBBmc cooper s
83MIIe Marie-Claude Beaumont FMlle Chr. Beckers FNsu 1200 tt
84Victor Loupart GBPeter O’Gorman GBFord anglia
93Claude Laurent FJacques Marché FDaf 55
94Georges Hune BJacques Thomson BNsu 1000 tt
94Georges Hune BJacques Thomson BNsu 1000 tt
95Philip Cooper GBKenneth Deacon GBAustin cooper s
95Philip Cooper GBKenneth Deacon GBAustin cooper s
96Mrs. Jacqueline Purchase GBMiss. Dorothy Selby-Boothroyd GBMorris cooper s
96Mrs. Jacqueline Purchase GBMiss. Dorothy Selby-Boothroyd GBMorris cooper s
97Günther Rüttinger DDRGünter Bork DDRWartburg 353
98Kurt Otto DDRWolfgang Stehlow DDRWartburg 353
99Egon Culmbacher DDRPaul Thiel DDRWartburg 353
100Kurt Rüdiger DDRGünther Gries DDRWartburg 353
101Miss. Jean Crossley GBMrs. Margaret Lowrey GBMg 1100 saloon
110Herman Veder NLSieg Mouwes NLSteyr-puch
110Herman Veder NLSieg Mouwes NLSteyr-puch
111Jean-Louis Haxhe BJacky Coolen FDaf 44
112Theo Koks NLJaap Dik NLDaf 44
113Ad van Dongen NLGerard Stevens NLHonda n 360
113Ad van Dongen NLGerard Stevens NLHonda n 360
114Bert Muller NLJohan Eijffius NLFiat 850 coupé
114Bert Muller NLJohan Eijffius NLFiat 850 coupé
115Charles Fettweis BMaurice Damseau BFiat 850 coupé
116Henry Dodd GBGordon Amery GBAustin mini saloon
116Henry Dodd GBGordon Amery GBAustin mini saloon
117Hans Ullmann DDRWerner Lange DDRTrabant 601
118Karl Landgraf DDRLothar Sachse DDRTrabant 601
119Franz Galle DDRJochen Müller DDRTrabant 601
120Eberhard Asmus DDRHelmut Piehler DDRTrabant 601

RESULTS 1968

  • Amateur 1 + 2

  • Group 1 +2

  • Group 3

POS.STNR.DriverNavigatorCarTotal

THE ROUTE OF 1968

  1. Noordwijk
  2. Zolder
  3. La Reid
  4. Sarrebourg
  5. Annecy
  6. Rumilly
  7. Belfort
  8. Bouillon
  9. Houyet
  10. Noordwijk

THIS WAS THE YEAR 1968.

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Een moment geduld a.u.b.
This year does not have a result.

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