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Electric Marathon St. Petersburg – Monte Carlo 2014 has been postponed due to lack of funding

“When the economic and political situation in European continent is not stable, it is complicated to find companies or foundations ready to help us offset the running of the marathon for electric vehicles from Russia to Europe and it is sad” said Jüri Tamm, who is the director of Electric Marathon, in an interview.

“When I started with Electric Marathon in 2011, I didn’t have a background in energy innovations and conventional, hybrid or electric vehicles. In fact, I wasn’t a “tech guy” at all. This is why we were pushing for more sustainable and ecological development and lifestyle changes. These are all the things I have spent years working on. And today we have the know-how and working support team, so it is a real pity that we can’t bring Electric Marathon 2014 to life.”

Jüri Tamm added: „We have been very lucky to organize 3 full marathons with electric vehicles – twice from Tallinn, Estonia to Monte-Carlo and once from St. Petersburg to Monte-Carlo. We have gained many ideological supporters everywhere to whom we are very grateful. Transformation of cities and also transformation of collective thinking towards a more sustainable way of life takes time: this is why mission of events like Electric Marathon never ends. But today our “batteries” are empty…”

“Our work for better future will continue,” stated Jüri Tamm.

Electric Marathon attends the IAAF World Indoor Chamiponship in Sopot, Poland

On March, 7th in Sopot (Poland), eleven European athletics federations presidents met with the IAAF vice-president Mr. Sergey Bubka who is one of our patrons who share Electric Marathon values and support our work and with the Honorary Consul of Monaco, the President of Electric Marathon International Mr. Jüri Tamm to hear conclusion about successful Electric Marathon 2013 and to discuss future collaboration perspectives. To all athletics federations who participated in unique activity by adding their federations logo onto Electric Marathon zero car Mr. Bubka gifted photoalbum, that reflects events that took place in late autumn during Electric Marathon 2013.

The European Athletics Association President Mr. Hansjörg Wirz attended ceremonial dinner and gave his recognition to organizers of Electric Marathon 2013.

Electric Marathon 2014 will take place from June, 03rd to June, 14th.


EAA president Wirz

Mr. Hansjörg Wirz and Mr. Sergey Bubka



Russian Athletic Federation President Valentin Balachnichov and Sergey Bubka


Mr. Jüri Tamm and Mr. Sergey Bubka

„Electric Marathon 2014“ is on! -

We are glad to announce that this year’s Electric Marathon will take place from June, 03rd to June, 14th!

In 2014 the Electric Marathon is the same like it was last year. Race will start from Saint Petersburg on June, 03rd and finishes on June, 14th in Monte-Carlo and passes Russia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. In addition to H.S.H. Prince Albert II event is under the patronage of governor of Saint Petersburg Mr Georgy Poltavcehko, Foundation Prince Albert II de Monaco, The President of Russian Charity Foundation “The Future of Homeland“ Mr Kjuri Usmanov and legendary champion from Ukraine Sergey Bubka.

This year’s „Electric Marathon 2014“ route will be – Saint-Petersburg – Vyborg – Brusnichnoye – Lappeenranta – Porvoo – Helsinki – Tallinn – Pärnu – Riga – Jelgava – Panevėžys – Kaunas – Augustow -Ostrow Mazowiecka – Warszawa – Piotrkow Trybunalski – Kępno – Wroclaw – Hradec Kralove – Praha -Plzen – Amberg – Nuremberg – Heilbronn – Karlsruhe – Offenburg – Freiburg – Zurich – Bern -Lausanne – Geneva – Aymavilles – Torino – Cuneo – Monte-Carlo.

Marathon will be held in accordance with traffic code and is for electric vehicles approved and registered according to the community rules, authorized to run on public roads and soil. The distance of single legs will vary between 90 to 170 km. A break of 3 hours is foreseen to charge batteries between different legs or 8-10 hours if the charging takes place at night at the accommodation site.

The competition in this Marathon consists of BEING ON TIME at the Time Control points.  Penalty points will be given in case of arriving early or late at the Time Control. The team who has accumulated the least penalty points will win the rally.

The teams will consist of two members – changes in the team are allowed during the marathon.

A maximum of 6 cars will be admitted to participate in the marathon from start to finish. This is because of the availability of recharging capacities throughout the race (380V 63A). Participating cars will be recharged using mobile charging stations.

Extra cars will be allowed to participate on separate stages in addition to the 6 cars allowed to participate in the whole marathon. The top 3 of every stage will be awarded. Teams who are not interested in participating in the whole event or who use cars that cannot race long distances due to technical limitations can participate in separate stages. Abovementioned teams are not guaranteed the capacities to recharge their vehicles and thus must rely on their own resources. Category for hybrid cars have not limits.

Categories that you can participate in:

I   Category – Electrically powered converted, modified or prototype registered in M or N cateogry.

II  Category – Electrically powered series production vehicles registered in M or N category.

III Category – Electrically powered lightweight vehicles registered in L category.

IV Category – Retro car made before 1939. Car which completes most stages and finishes in Monte Carlo.

V Category – Electrically powered hybrid vehicles.

Grand Prix will be present to best electric car. Special prices will be in categories – best converted retro car, best electric prototype and best electric motorbike. The organisers are aiming, in addition to reviving a historic rally, to motivate to set up a network of stationary recharging facilities throughout the distance of the rally.

Team „Electric Marathon 2014“

Electric Marathon in the United Nations!

From 25 to 27 February 2014, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee (ITC) held its 76th annual session. The ITC Policy segment took place in the shape of a panel discussion under the topic “Innovations for sustainable inland transport and mobility” on 25 February. The panel discussion included experts from public and private sector as well as from academia and introduced examples of successful use on innovative solutions in transport systems.

The Director of Electric Marathon International Mr. Jüri Tamm was invited by UNECE to represent and speak about the Electric Marathon. His presentation was warmly received by the panel and the audience and it proved to be a useful occasion to advertise the upcoming race in June.

Session moderator André Schneider demonstrating Electric Marathon leaf.


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Star Races from Tallinn to Monte Carlo

Estonians had their first contact with the Monte Carlo star race (that is how rally was called at that time) in 1929, when Julius Johanson started from Riga towards the Pearl of the Mediterranean. He had been sent on his way with great expectations, but his journey was spoilt by a snow storm and the tricks of his competitors. German Rudolf Caracciola, whose fame at that time could be compared to Michael Schumacher’s status today, also started from Riga with two service cars. In the snow storm, Caraciola’s assistants did everything the hinder the Estonians’ progress. Once one of the service cars turned in front of the Estonians, another time Johanson’s car was simply pushed into a ditch.

Journal Auto described the incident: “Then the men who were clearing the road for Caracciola’s car – there were about twenty of them – rushed to our car and pushed the Buick with us into the ditch.” The race was discontinued because of great loss of time.

Tallinn instead of Riga

A year later the start was moved from Tallinn to Riga. In the system that was used for accounting of results at that time, the distance of starting place from Monte Carlo also counted and that made Tallinn very attractive. But roads were a problem. Berliner Tageblatt’s reporter Fr. Arnau compared the situation with the Far East and wrote: “And then [on the border of Estonia and Latvia] you arrive in a primitive land, with almost impassable clay roads where sometimes 10-inch deep tracks hinder driving, and the sides of roads were so slippery due to frost that a car could go down into a ditch any moment.”

Especially angry were the Germans because the ladies who accompanied them became seasick on those roads. Caracciola threatened to load his Mercedes on a ship and have it sent back to Berlin. Actually nobody left the race but the warning worked – on the next star races the roads were in order.

Caracciola was not the only top racer to start from Tallinn. Hans Stuck, who was almost as famous, also started here, and also the Brit Donald Healey, whose name is commemorated in the car world by the car brand Austin-Healey.

From the Estonians, Alfred Zimmermann – Julius Johanson took part on Auburn in 1930; in spite of successful start (they were the second to arrive in Berlin) they discontinued in Belgium because of motor failure.

On this rally, too, the Estonians did not escape the tricks of competitors. In Königsberg they had to wait for more than an hour for the stamped road book to be returned to them, in Berlin the Estonians were misled by a “pilot car” that drove around and took them to one and the same street three times instead of guiding them through the city.

In 1931 Tallinn was again one of the places the star race started from, but this time it was again the snow that caused trouble. In Estonia the roads were cleared, but in Latvia, from Cēsis to the border of Estonia, the roads were impassable. And so only one car made it to the start, and even that car got stuck in snow in Latvia on its way back.

After the break of one year, the start was again in Tallinn in 1933. Frenchman Maurice Vasselle, driving a Hotchkiss, who started from Tallinn, was the general winner. But it was a Miss E. M. Ridell, who participated in the race, who caused the biggest stir in the papers. Namely, she lost a bag with diamond jewellery in Pärnumaa county. It was found and Päevaleht described its contents: “The lost and found handbag contained a golden cigarette case, a necklace, two rings, one golden and the other of platinum, two pins decorated with little diamonds, and other articles of lesser value – toiletries, pills, etc.” The finder, a farm girl Ida Kiisajon was given 45 kroons as a reward.

A very peculiar vehicle also started from Tallinn: Lord Clifford’s Gardner-Diesel-Bentley with 5.5-litre diesel engine. It was the first race car with diesel engine in Europe.

Star racers accused of smuggling drugs

Monte Carlo Rally caused the greatest confusion in 1934, when the team consisting of Alfred and August Zimmermann, Nikolai Mets and dancing master Arseni Poolgas drove an Auburn. They arrived in Monte Carlo and finished as the 53rd. On their way home, a scandal arose. The racers were stopped at Laatre border control point and accused first of trafficking cocaine and then of smuggling. Later they were acquitted by the court.

But it seemed this power demonstration by the authorities had its impact because in the next two years no Estonian racers started from Tallinn.

Estonians could at last celebrate in 1937. Karl Siitan and August Zimmermann returned from Monte Carlo with a cup awarded for persistent performance (little picture). This trophy is still in use as Karl Siitan’s Cup. In the end of each year it is awarded to an Estonian rally team who has achieved the best results at a competition abroad during the season.

The Monte Carlo Rally of 1938 had lots of adventures in store for Estonians (pilot was again Karl Siitan). Once they drove into a wall of a castle at full speed, when they were taking fuel in Avignon a car next to them caught fire, in Belgium they raced through a filling station cafe.

The start from Tallinn to Monte Carlo (again without Estonians) was given in 1939. But the format of the star race survived for much longer, it was still in use in 1996. But the Estonians had to wait for real success until 2004, when Markko Märtin won the second place in overall competition. But this was already at another rally.



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