The event in which the Rijeka Carnival successfully balances an athletic spirit and pure carnival madness is certainly the Masked Paris-Bakar Rally. This year, a column of “weird octanes" will once again drive their famous route from the Rijeka Paris to Bakar, and the scheduled date is 11 February. The masked “Paris-Bakar” Rally is a traditional event that has taken place continually since 1990, organised by the “Rijeka” Auto Club as a parody of the world famous rally “Paris-Dakar” and since then has been a supporting sports event of the Rijeka Carnival. Our Rijeka carnival rally is a unique event of its kind in the world, because the race is driven by masked people in cars and all the participants/competitors, their escorts and referees must be masked, their decorated vehicles being a special highlight.
On 11 February, the Rally starts from the Paris of Rijeka at 10:05 AM, arrives at Korzo at around 10:30 AM, after which the car procession moves on to further challenges in Kostrena and Bakar. Wacky speed addicts will gather in Čavle at 11:30 am and are expected to arrive in Škrljevo at 12:15 pm, after which they will test their driving skills at 1 pm in Kostrena, followed by a final inspection and another skill test from 2 pm onwards, while the awards ceremony will begin at 4 pm.