Czechout is a huge date on any Ralliers calendar as it offers the last chance for all the teams chance to partytogether before they go their seperate ways, hopefully to meet up on the finish line many weeks later. Where the party at Bodiam Castle was a relatively civilised affair, Czechout is always unadulterated hedonism; it plays no-holds-barred, death-match street-fighting to the prelaunch party's caporeira.
This year Czechout had a down-the-rabbit-hole theme, with surreal creatures filling every corner of the 13th Century Castle. While walking in the dappled sunlight from the campsite to the keep, ralliers were taunted and chased by mystical forest folk as they trapsed up the hill.
Upon entering the semi ruined castle the Jazz band provided an excellent backdrop to the mountain of juicy meat being served by Bohemia's finest grillsmen. As the sun receeded, so too did the last shreds of serenity, with Moonshine Howlers belting out country style Rock'n'Roll to an apreciative crowd whose dancing was spearheaded by the lively lot from Cool Earth.
Meanwhile the timid and tired retreated to the Cajovna tea room to smoke Shisha pipes, drink tea and trade stories whereas the hardcore decended on the Rave Cave to thrash out some outrageous shapes to some blasting bass-heavy beats.
Shortly before midnight the crowds were treated to the best fireshow in Central Europe, soon after which everything decended into full on debauchery as the cheap booze and loud music started to work its magic. Even as some ralliers did their utmost to sqeeze the last enjoyment out of the castle the afterparty was kicking off in the retired military base. With numbers bolstered by latecomers the partying continued long after the sun rose.