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The Truck stop in Örebro is to become a service site and the start and finish of the KAK Midnight Sun Rally in 2019. The huge area (55,000 square metres) will not only give the 180-200 competitors and their teams, trucks and caravans all the space they need, it will also be, “A full service area that few rallies can match,” said Wilhelm Douglas from KAK, as organisers have taken the idea of a service park a few steps further and will provide fully equipped garages, access to a tyre shop, car wash facilities and much more. The huge area will also give space and parking to thousands of spectators, who will be welcomed with events and experiences for all ages including an ‘open

 

As travel destinations go, Iceland is becoming increasingly popular, because of its extreme landscapes, welcoming but sparse population, and also perhaps because it is one of the last places not to be ‘conquered’ by tourists. Rallies for classic cars usually pretty much reflect the general travel trends, and many participants treat them as tourist events with the added bonus of seeing a destination from the wheel of their own car, and therefore often off the main tourist routes. South America, and Patagonia in particular, is another destination that has become popular for both tourists and rally tourists.

Nearly 400 four cars of every size, shape, and era lined up on the rolling fairways of the Amelia Island Golf Club for the 24th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on the weekend of 10-12 March. A rare 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier won Best in Show in the Concours d’Elegance category and a 1957 Ferrari 335 S, driven in period by amongst others, Mike Hawthorn, Peter Collins and Stirling Moss captured Best in Show honours in the Concours de Sport category. Themes this year included a tribute to Jacky Ickx, that saw many of the F1 and Le Mans driver’s past chariots gathered on the picturesque lawns, including a replica of the Mercedes 280 GE Gelandewagen with which he won the Dakar in 1983, and Cars of the Rock Stars with Janis Joplin’s psychedelically painted Porsche 356, a Corvette driven by Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson’s Cadillac Eldorado owned by Bill Warner and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson’s 1928 Bentley.

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