It has been six years since the most prominent classic car event in Europe took place, the drive which goes from London to Lisboa and is regarded as a great test of a classic cars reliability. It is going to be taking place next year between the end of April and the beginning of May and it is set to start in London on the 27th.
The Historic Insurance Rallying Organisation is headed by Vargas Machuca and he has commented, “We are very pleased to announce that this event is going to be returning. It is a route of over 2000 miles and goes through some of the most beautiful landscapes in all of Europe. It is a challenging test for classic cars that often come from all over the world.”
He added: “We are planning an unforgettable start from Hyde Park on April 27th and the first leg will take drivers to HMS Victory before they embark to Saint Malo”, he added.Further in the competition, drivers will be able to stand on the most westerly point of continental Europe before completing the final leg arriving at the finish line in Lisbon.
The event is open to cars made before 31st December 1983 and welcomes competitive drivers as well as less demanding participants with its two categories, the Reliability Trial and Classic Car Tour.
Competitors on the Reliability Trial will encounter “Tulip” Regularity Sections allowing crew members the chance to enjoy the spectacular scenery of France, Northern Spain and Portugal and have a chance to test their manoeuvrability skills on driving tests at some of the best kart circuits in Europe.
Crews looking for a less demanding motoring holiday are invited to take part in the Classic Car Tour. Led by a dedicated Tour Marshal, they will be able to take a shorter route and be able to linger at places of interest. The only goal will be to visit the main controls at the start and finish of each day’s leg, and to join the Trial crews for lunch.
“Wonderful roads, spectacular scenery, excellent food, new friends to be made, old friendships to be renewed and the warmest of welcomes await to be enjoyed at every location”, said Tomas, “It is a ‘must do’ for every classic car enthusiast.”
The entry fee includes accommodation and evening meals, lunch on each day of the event, welcome and prize giving dinners, ferry crossing for UK starters, roadbook, map-book, regalia, numbered door and rally plates and event souvenirs.
For those without a suitable car, the HERO Arrive and Drive programme provides classic cars available for hire. HERO Assist mechanics will also be in attendance on the event to help anyone who encounters mechanical problems.