Rally News October 2016

The gravel roads of Tuscany will resonate with the sounds of rally cars in November

Odyssey Italia – Island Hopping
in the Mediterranean

Kim Bannister, formerly of the Endurance Rally Association and responsible for planning the routes of so many of their long distance jaunts in various parts of the world, including the famous Peking to Paris, says he has harboured a dream to create a rally closer to home, in Italy.


Now that he has joined Rallyround he has been given carte blanche to make his dream rally and Odyssey Italia is the result. Running on the famous rally roads on the islands of Corsica, Sardinia and Elba, in between ferries, there will be stages in Liguria and Tuscany for a total distance of 2793kms at the end of 14 days. Starting in Genova and ending in Barga in the Tuscan hills, Odyssey Italia is a regularity event that includes five-star hotels, baggage and mechanical services and all the other amenities of a truly luxury rally. Limited to 50 pre-war cars and post war cars up to 1969, there will be days off and plenty of time for enjoying the hotels and surroundings. Dates are 10-24 September 2017 and entries are now open. See www.rallyround.co.uk for details.

Mini Junior

The UK’s Historic Rally Car Register is launching a new initiative for 2017 to run within the HRCR old Stager Asphalt Championship and alongside the current Mini Sport supported Mini Cup. The Mini Sport Junior Mini Cup will be run as a class within the Championship aimed at encouraging young people into historic rallying. Whilst drivers must be under 25 years of age to be eligible to compete in the Mini Sport Junior Mini Cup there will be no age limit for co-drivers.

The HRCR, which is probably the biggest historic rallying organization in Europe, would like to hear from prospective competitors. If you would like to find out more or register your interest you can contact either Simon Malins from the HRCR on +44 (0)7785 308165, Rob Eastwood at Mini Sport on +44 (0)1282 778731 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Winter Marathon

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Entries are open for the 29th running of the Winter Marathon on 19-22 January. The rally sets out from the Italian ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio and includes not only some 50 regularity trials on the passes of the Dolomites, but also ice races on the town’s frozen lake. Organisers have promised three more passes next year, some never seen before, during the 12 consecutive hours of driving. For all front and rear wheel drive cars built up to 1968, with a special class for a small selection of special interest cars that made rally history up to the end of 1976. There is a weighted index to reward pre-war cars and sports racing cars, as well as a team element. Go to wintermarathon.it.

Entries are open for the Winter Marathon

Rallies and Tours 

Our friends at Rallystory remind us that there are still some places left in their 22-28 October Marrakech Tour, which, for its third edition offers new routes, notably in northern Morocco, with Ifrane in the Middle Atlas as the destination. Morocco has the advantage – particularly in the South, around the imperial city - of bringing together every kind of landscape: mountains, deserts of stone and sand, sea coasts, oases, forests and palm groves. First class hotels and service, for drivers of cars built from 1946 all the way up to modern cars, the Tour finishes at the famous Mamounia hotel in Marrakech.

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They will also soon be opening entries for their ice driving experience, which takes place on 12-13 January at the Circuit de l’Alpe D’Huez, within easy reach of Grenoble. Rallystory has been running tours and rallies for nearly 30 years and specialise in arrive and drive-type events, where they will take care of shipping and flights and make it as effortless as possible so that participants can concentrate on enjoying their cars. See www.Rallystyory.com for details of these and other Rallystory events.