what is this rally?
The Lada Rally is a seven-day car race across Eastern Europe, with the aim of visiting countries you've never been to before, creating tales that you can't tell at family gatherings, and raising a load of money for exceptional refugee charities.
For the past two summers, everyone's favourite week of decadence has sped out of Tallinn, Estonia, arriving in Thessaloniki, Greece, seven days later with tales of rough roads, notorious nations and shady stories.
At the end of the Lada Rally all cars are donated to charities working on the ground in Greece.
That means that as well as providing you with a week of bliss, your cars will also then be saving lives.
Rules for A successful rally
1. Arrive in Tallinn and haggle yourself a car for a maximum of £750
2. Dash off from the start line
3. Have hours knocked off your time by being adventurous
4. Meet your fellow ralliers at the finishing line seven days later in Thessaloniki
5. Donate your bffl of a vehicle
6. Celebrate with everyone
Once our teams set off from the start line in Tallinn, the Lada route is a blank canvas. Teams have hours knocked off their time based on the countries they drive through, the landmarks they visit and the challenges they complete. It really is the journey and not the destination that sends one lucky team home with the coveted Golden Lada.
Check out our interactive map below to see routes taken by our Lada Rally 2018 teams.
The Lada Rally was born to raise awareness, money and provide cars to refugee camps and causes on the frontline of the refugee crisis in Greece.
As well as each Lada Rally team raising £750 for these charities, each car that takes part in the rally is then donated to one of these great causes, where they are invaluable to the refugee charities to complete work such as emergency hospital trips, supply runs and beach rescues.
Last year, cars donated included a Pontiac given to a Greek island's refugee camp, a Honda Accord given to a school for refugee children in Southern Greece, and a Volkswagen provided to a learning centre outside a refugee camp.
The Worldwide Tribe
Our friends at The Worldwide Tribe educate and encourage open-mindedness through advocacy and awareness campaigns, supporting partners and projects that have a direct impact on the lives of people affected by the refugee crisis.
Their work includes conveying the humanity of the crisis to their community on social media and inspiring action, producing films to tell the humanity behind the headlines, and holding talks and workshops to inspire the next generation of world-changers.
Aniko launched in 2017 with the mission to inspire change in humanitarian response. The team used the expertise they had gained from working with displaced people since the summer of 2015 to implement projects and share knowledge.
Now, after the incredible success of their pilot project Aniko FC, Aniko is focused on empowering displaced people through the universal language of football. They provide football sessions and community days to promote health and social inclusion, connecting displaced people with locals to build relationships that matter.
Open Cultural Centre
After the closing of the camps in Polikastro, the exceptional Open Cultural Centre was created to give classes in the new living areas of the displaced families. Due to the large benefits that these were giving to displaced people, Open Cultural Center opened a venue in the city of Polykastro with the support of 80 students that provide continued education for children and adults, providing a safe space for them to express themselves.
Lada Rally 2018
Lada once, shame on me. Lada twice, shame on you.
8 teams set off, and again only 6 teams finished in a car. Lada Rally 2018 saw the triumphant return of the Kiwis, monolithic Soviet architecture, bleached hair and another year of no teams getting in Ukraine.
2018 was made an incredible year by this special bunch…
lada rally 2017
Because the first time is never quite as planned.
8 teams set off, only 6 finished in cars. The inaugural Lada Rally saw plenty of dungarees, apologies to local police, awful diets, poorly executed GoPro footage, and teams travelling further off the beaten track then anyone had anticipated.
The beautiful people that took the spirit of Lada to their heart in the maiden race are;
*Disclaimer* - We're aware that none of the cars to have ever done the rally are actually Ladas.
We're as disappointed in ourselves as you are.