Austria’s Silvretta Classic regularity rally is just getting underway. “It’s like ‘the Mille’, but the organisation’s a bit better and the scenery’s more spectacular.” 

That’s how Steve Cropley described the event to a bloke who’s never even done a regularity rally before, let alone one that runs up beyond 2000 metres of altitude: me.

We’re here to take in the incredible mix of priceless classics and Alpine splendour, and to try to bring in our car – an Opel Ampera – home roughly when our timing sheets say we should. 

The Ampera’s entered in the Silvretta E-Rally, a shorter version of the event for classics that incorporates an efficiency challenge as well as a regularity challenge.