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79th INTERNATIONAL F.I.C.C. RALLY FROM 6 TO 14 AUGUST 2013 IN SLAWA/POLAND


Date: 15/01/2013
Source: FPCC

Booking forms are ready and rally brochures (in pdf format) can be viewed or downloaded in English, French and German on www.79ficcrally/pl
Bookings through: Polska Federacja Campingu i Caravaningu
E-Mail: [email protected]
http//www.pfcc.eu

F.I.C.C.’s Rally Liaison Officer has visited the rally site in Slawa i.e. Campsite N° 261 Sloneczny, where the 79th International F.I.C.C. Rally will take place. The campsite is wooded with birch and pine trees and has good views over the lake. There is a beach and a specially designated area for swimming.
The campsite opens at 12 noon on 6 August 2013 and closes at 12 noon on 14 August. The campsite has 500 pitches each of 100 sq.m.
The Opening Ceremony will be held at 5 pm on 7 August and the Closing Ceremony at 2 pm on 13 August.
The General Assembly takes place at 9 am on Saturday 10 August.
There is a hotel nearby and the campsite also has bungalows/chalets, all of which have a fridge, but no cooking facilities.
The roads on the campsite are good, around 6m wide and lead to flat grassy or sandy pitches. Mobile sanitary facilities will be added to the existing sanitary blocks for the
duration of the rally. In addition, more drinking water supply points and waste water disposal points will be installed and a dump station for caravans provided. Separate facilities will be available for washing dishes and for rinsing chemical toilets.
Electricity voltage is 230V with 16 amp power points.
There are no telephone booths or bank on the site, but these are available 700 m away in the town.
Professional security guards, local authority officials and PFCC volunteers will between them patrol the site round the clock, a task made easier by the fact that there is only one entrance/exit.
The office in the main building will be open from 8 am to 12 noon and from 2 to 6 pm.
The authorities will put up signs to direct traffic to the rally 30 kms from the venue.
For people arriving by air, there are two airports – Poznan and Warsaw – both about 120 kms from Slawa. There are hourly rail connections, a bus service and intercity trains from Lesno to Slawa.

The infrastructure for the rally consists of a permanent shop, a restaurant, several cafeterias, refilling/exchange points for LPG, a fire service and first aid post.
The evening entertainment programmes will take place in a big marquee erected on the lake shore.
Interesting excursions are being planned that can be booked either when registering or on the spot.
Norman Taylor

Wieliczka
Anyone who is interested in staying on longer in Poland might like to hear about a rather special place to visit. The small Polish town of Wieliczka is about 457 kms from Slava, but not far from Krakow, and houses a real treasure that is classified as a World Heritage Site. It is a salt mine, or more precisely, the oldest functioning salt mine in the world. It was started in the 13C and mining has continued uninterrupted ever since.
There is even a beautiful chapel, St. Kinga’s Chapel, 101 metres underground. It is basically a big underground church cut out of the salt and Mass is celebrated there several times a year on important occasions. One can even be married there.
St. Kinga’s chapel is the most beautiful “place“ in the mine. It is 54m long, 15 to 18m wide and 10 to 12m high and, since the end of the 19C, various sculptors have decorated the roof. All of the ornamentation in the chapel is carved in salt, from sculptures, bas-reliefs and other embellishments to floor tiles. Concerts are also held there in addition to religious services.
There is a salt lake too and a number of artificial lakes. At a depth of over 120m, the mine houses a sanatorium (because of the clean salty air), a restaurant and a museum.
Visitors descend 378 steps down the mine shaft to a depth of 64m. Then you walk about two kilometers through chambers, galeries and down steps until you reach the lift/elevator that whisks you 136m back up to the surface.