About The Great Escape

First run in 2011, and revised for 2015 and 2017, this event is themed loosely on the sixties film depicting the true life events of the mass breakout of 76 allied airmen from a German POW in March 1944, the route takes in a number of historic wartime locations (and plenty more besides)… en-route to one of the world’s best known festivals, Munich’s legendary Oktoberfest… A great place to unwind at the end!

This is a rare opportunity for fans of the film to appreciate the real life events of courage and sacrifice that inspired the universal favourite epic… …and have a jolly good time taking part in a unique driving experience in a ridiculously priced car valued at £200 or less!

The Great Escape Route

Our most challenging but rewarding route so far, designed to give teams the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit several iconic wartime locations but have serious fun on the way. In fact you don’t need an interest in history to appreciate this event. If you like driving, cities and enjoy the nightlife, breakout a can of Dulux and paint up your car!

For this event we start not in France but in western Germany, and then onto former East Germany and the infamous Colditz Castle before heading into Poland and then back into Bavaria.

How much does it cost to take part, and what's included?

The discounted entry fee inclusive of 2 people in a car (including a set of stickers and rally plaque) is £295 per car, plus £65 per additional passenger until the end of November 2021. The entry fee then rises to £355 + £65.  

Spaces are limited to 80 cars, so please sign up as soon as possible. For payment details please click onto and complete the Sign Up page, which will automatically direct you to PayPal, where you can pay by debit or credit card. If you have any questions please contact us at enquiries@crumballrally.com. (Please note that the entry fee does not include any accommodation or ferries).

Support en route

The organisers can only offer very limited support (i.e. pass on our commiserations from the end of a ‘phone), and so European breakdown cover may be a wise choice if you are risk averse!  Breaking down miles from anywhere, on a Motorway, B road or mountain pass in a strange country must be top banana in the entertainment stakes and worth the entry fee alone! “Big X” would welcome a call from your mobile though if you do have a breakdown, if only so we know you are safe. 

What do you do each day besides driving?

To keep you and your passengers amused there will be a couple of film related tasks to perform en route, but if you just want to spend your time in the “cooler”, or tunnel your way across Europe without taking part then that’s OK too. Remember rule number 1, this is categorically not a race across Europe, but a leisurely drive by likeminded people, and there will be no advantage in arriving first.

Managing to coax your chosen wreck to the finish point should be reward enough but at the final night’s presentation ceremony, a cash prize will be awarded to the top 3 teams scoring the cumulative highest from the daily tasks. The overall winner will also receive a suitably dodgy trophy and Champagne! An additional prize will also be awarded by vote, for the best “pimp my ride” paint scheme. Everyone is a winner and each participant will also be provided with an appropriately rubbish memento on finishing.


Details of the general route can be seen on the route page and stop over points will be advised via Facebook and sent to you when you register so that you can book your accommodation in advance. Approximately a month before the start of the rally we will send you your rally guide which will contain final route details etc. and any advance task requirements (!) etc.

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