The first in the post-war history of Poland ride through the Łazienki Park
Pre-war traditions restored to Warsaw.
The debuting Varsopolis Rally became an exceptional event right away: it is not only a celebration of classic motoring, but also of the associated style and a history worthy of commemoration.
Motoring at its best has always attracted exceptional personalities. It was a pretext for exceptional events. It was the case both in pre-war Warsaw and on the second weekend of June 2018, when all of these best automobile traditions were restored by the Varsopolis Rally.
The Varsopolis Rally was established with the noble aim of transferring Warsaw residents to the times when fascinating races of fast and beautiful cars took place in the streets of their cities. The period of particularly dynamic growth of interest in the automotive industry in the Republic of Poland fell in the interwar period. Rising from the crisis of the mid-1930s, the country was determined to live better and develop its industry, including the automotive industry. Deputy Minister of Communication Julian Piasecki was developing ambitious plans for the production of Polish cars, and more and more mechanized vehicles were appearing on the streets of Warsaw.
The elite of the nation was using their sports roadsters for tourism or sport. The incredible Grand Prix of Lviv – known then as Leopolis – was probably still lively in their memory. Its four editions in 1930–1933 were at that time the biggest motorsport event in this part of Europe. Unfortunately, the outbreak of World War II held back further activities of this type.
The last race on the streets of the Polish capital took place exactly 80 years ago. The organizers of Varsopolis decided to commemorate this fact with a new automotive festival: not in the form of a crazy race, but an exclusive rally for the regularity of historic vehicles produced before the end of 1975. The participants eagerly responded to such an extensive group of eligible cars, presenting the spectators with a fantastic, eclectic compilation of the biggest motoring hits of the last century.
The starting line-up simply had to include classic Mercedes W113 Pagoda, pre-war 170 limousines as well as E-type, XK120 and XK140 Jaguars. Swedish (Volvo P1800 S, a replica of Saab 95 rally car, which in its station wagon version took fourth place in the Monte Carlo Rally), Italian (a replica of the Fiat 124 Abarth, Alfa Romeo Giulia TI) or American (a huge Chevrolet 210 Wagon and Cadillac 62 Sedanette – the first car in history with cult tail fins) automotive representatives made the contenders more diverse. To the particular delight of those present, the whole event was complemented by charming specimens from the history of Polish automotive industry: The Polish Fiat 125p in rally specification and Bahama Yellow colour and the indispensable Warszawa car from 1957.
The presence of priceless cars belonging to the European, if not the world's best in classic motoring: one of the three surviving Mercedes 200 Roadster Sport from 1936, the splendid 1953 Mercedes 300 S Cabriolet A, or the stable 1954 Mercedes 300 "Adenauer” at the starting line proved that Varsopolis is a classy rally event.
The magic of Varsopolis
The contenders guaranteed the participants and viewers a sentimental journey to the times of pre-war Poland. First, some of the cars went on the historic – the first in the post-war history of Warsaw – run through the gardens of the Łazienki Park. Then all the participants started a rally leading through the streets of the oldest parts of the capital: Śródmieście, Praga and Mokotów. In addition to accurate navigation based on the book, the rally also guaranteed great fun while discovering various interesting secrets of the city.
Simultaneously with the rally, the participants also competed in the elegance contest, which turned out to be a spectacular success. The unique atmosphere of the Varsopolis Rally would not have been possible without the great commitment of the participants, who supplemented the presentation of their cars with carefully prepared, appropriate outfits.
As a social event at the highest level, Varsopolis attracted a long list of distinguished guests and celebrities known for their passion for motoring, including Antoni Królikowski, Maciej Dolega and Janusz Chabior.
The magic of Varsopolis has naturally become a magnet for men's fashion in the most stylish way. It was represented by a well-known blogger and style influencer Ireneusz Korzeniewski (styleman.pl). The patron of the rally, without which it could not have taken place, was the Swiss Montblanc manufacture. This year's edition of the meeting proved that the style of the most eminent historic cars perfectly blends with the classic, timeless elegance of Montblanc watches, whose exceptional representation could be admired at the starting line of the rally. Timewalker Automatic models in the style inspired by the dashboard of a sports car and made of 1858 Chronograph bronze, referring directly to the pre-war fashion, were particularly adequate to this place.
Thanks to such good company, even shower could not cool down the atmosphere and the first Varsopolis Rally was a complete success.
The charismatic atmosphere created by the surroundings of the Łazienki Park and the world-leading cars undoubtedly made Varsopolis an event of unique character, where you want to return.