Czechout 2013 - The best way to start the 10th Mongol Rally

The bar at Klenova. Probably responsible for much of the carnage

The bar at Klenova. Probably responsible for much of the carnage

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.

The path from the campsite to the castle was haunted by curious forest folk

The path from the campsite to the castle was haunted by curious forest folk

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.

Moonshine Howlers playing their country rock

Moonshine Howlers playing their country rock

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.

Teams chill in the Czech tearoom

Teams chill in the Czech tearoom

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.

The infamous Czechout afterparty, where legends are born and memories destroyed

The infamous Czechout afterparty, where legends are born and memories destroyed

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.