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Rally Monte-Carlo Historique 2021

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Dates for the 2021 edition of the popular historic Monte have been set for 27 January-3 February with only one starting point. In the post-pandemic world, organisers of this major endurance regularity rally have decided that all competitors will start and end in Monte Carlo. They have written to authorities in Bad Homburg, Barcelona, Oslo, Reims and Milano, to inform them of their decision. 

The 2021 Monte will start and end in Monte-Carlo for all competitors

Historic Portugal Rally Confirmed

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Historic Portugal Rally Confirmed

The last uncertainties have been resolved and the organisers of the 2020 Rally de Portugal Histórico confirm their event will take place on the originally scheduled dates of 5-10 October. The 15th edition of this rally, considered by many to be “the most beautiful European regularity rally”, offers a route of some 2000kms with no fewer than 40 regularity tests.

Departure and arrival are at Estoril, and the rally forms part of what locals are promoting as Estoril car week, which includes the Estoril Classics race meeting at Estoril Circuit on 9-11 October (where rally drivers get to run a special stage), which has also been confirmed, and the concours d‘élégance in the town centre, rounded off by a gala dinner in Estoril Casino for all participants. The rally includes high-quality hotels and meals, luggage service and breakdown assistance. There are also options for car transport, reception of crews at the airport, and the possibility of joining a team for shared assistance. See www.rallyportugalhistoric.eu.

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RallyLegend Gets Go-Ahead

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > RallyLegend Gets Go-Ahead

Despite it usually attracting large international crowds, Vito Piarulli and Paolo Valli, the creators of RallyLegend, have decided to go ahead with the event on 8-11 October. “The support we’ve received both from the Government of the San Marino Republic and our sponsors has been crucial to us deciding to attempt such a feat. The format of the event is now being reviewed and we would like, as much as possible, to adhere to the original formula. The presence of the public from all over Europe and beyond, a true cornerstone of the event, will be managed according to the relevant San Marino government regulations,” said the organisers.

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British Championship Succumbs to COVID

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > British Championship Succumbs to COVID

One of Britain’s most popular historic rally championships, the HRCR Clubmans Championship, is the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although two rounds were run in February and March before the lockdown started, many rounds have now been cancelled and with only two possible events remaining on the calendar, the Historic Rally Car Register has pulled the plug on the 2020 championship for daylight historic rallies covering special tests and regularity sections.

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Balkan Classic Moves to Northern Poland for 2020

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Balkan Classic Moves to Northern Poland for 2020

The revised Balkan Classic rally is set to run in the last half of September, with final dates still to be announced. Due to restrictions in its usual venue in Bulgaria, and in consideration of other pandemic-related difficulties, organiser Alexander Kovatchev has announced that the rally, for cars up to 1985 and Youngtimers up to 1990 running in a separate group, will be shortened to two days of rallying and one day of shakedown in Poland. The rally runs on a series of flat gravel and dirt roads in a balanced mix of open wide roads and forest roads with no reconnaissance. See https://balkanclassic.com for information and entries.

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Canossa Back in Action

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Canossa Back in Action

Italy having been the first country to go into lockdown when the coronavirus struck, it is now coming out the other side with an eagerness to get back to normal quickly, none more so than Canossa Events, who are planning a full schedule of rallies for the remainder of the year.

As we go to press the Stella Alpina, will be running from 26-28 June, limited this time to 40 cars in order to ensure safe distancing at social moments. With Americans either unable or unwilling to travel to Italy, Canossa is planning to bring Italy to them in the second half of August with a new Canossa Grand Tour in California, open to all Italian cars.

A new driving tour in the Alps will be the Grand Tour Dolomiti on 4-6 September, which will be run on classic mountain passes interspersed with Michelin-starred restaurants. The Terre di Canossa rally will go ahead on the revised date of 1-4 October with a modified programme utilising alternative locations that allow for better social distancing. The gala 10th anniversary dinner originally planned for this year, will be postponed to next year.

As previously reported, the Modena Cento Ore, Canossa’s only full speed competition event, will now take place on 11-15 October, again with a modified itinerary and alternative social venues. 

After a return to the US for an autumn rally in New England, the Canossa crew will set out in November for the United Arab Emirates Desert Tour, touring the deserts and mountains of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah.

As all of these events are subject to last-minute changes depending on prevailing rules and restrictions, long-term planning will be substituted this year by a just-in-time organisation, and Canossa is offering flexible registration and cancellation policies so that no one will lose an entry fee.

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Restarting Rallying

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Restarting Rallying

The global pandemic has had a massive impact on motor sport across the globe and rallying, in all its forms, has been particularly badly hit. Now, as the first shoots of recovery start to emerge, and racing will resume in Europe during July, rallying is set to be left behind in the early stages. How does rallying re-start in the aftermath of the COVID 19 pandemic? Rally EditorPaul Lawrence tries to make sense of a constantly evolving situation.

Southern Cross Safari

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Bentley on top in Africa

A 1927 Bentley emerged victorious after 19 days and 2000 miles of competition on the Southern Cross Safari from the Rally the Globe organisation. Paul Lawrence reports.

After nearly three weeks of challenging driving through the mountains, game reserves and private estates of Kenya and Tanzania, the 1927 Bentley 4½ Le Mans of British husband and wife team Keith and Norah Ashworth took overall victory after a dramatic final day.

 

The abnormal amount of rain that’s fallen in East Africa really tested the cars and drivers, including the winning Ashworth Bentley

Romania Gravel Rally

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Romania Gravel Rally

First run in October last year with only 13 entries, this year Paul Lacombe and his equipe, organisers of the successful Romania Winter rally, will run the Romania Historic Gravel Rally on 15-20 June and are expecting a much bigger entry.  Run over five days, with a total of nearly 400kms of loose surface special stages, many in the forests, the rally has its headquarters in the village of Cheia, some 30kms outside of the town of Brasov in Transylvania, where the rally will return each night. Dracula’s Castle is 7kms away. This is a beautiful part of Romania and is particularly good for rallying, and the local economy means that the event can be organised for a modest sum compared to some other countries in Europe. The event is for cars up to 1981, with a category for two-wheel drive cars up to 1985 (period J1) and two-wheel drive cars up to 1999 with manual gearbox. The regulations stipulate that cars must be FIA compliant, but HTPs are not mandatory. See www.romania-historic-rally.com for the details.

Organisers anticipate a much bigger turnout for the second running of the Romania Historic Gravel Rally

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XVI Rally Clásico Isla Mallorca

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > XVI Rally Clásico Isla Mallorca

Motorsport at the end of the World

The 16th edition of the Mallorca Classic Rally took place at its usual time, the second weekend of March. As it did so, the tsunami of the Coronavirus swept across Spain and would overwhelm the event. An absence of common sense or the pressure of a crowded calendar meant that once again the rally clashed with the opening round of the FIA Historic Rally Championship, scheduled on the same weekend across the Balearic sea at Gerona. The privileged Mediterranean island has hosted a classic rally for the last nineteen years and this was the 16th to be organised by Toni Dezcallar. 

At this stage, the threat from Covid-19 was acknowledged by all but few could predict its effect on the event. In spite of the clash with the FIA Historic Championship round the rally attracted a capacity entry.

The Coves de Campanet consists of a narrow road bordered by low stone walls with occasional slippy wet patches and blind jumps. The impression of speed is tremendous. It is one for the young and the brave. Rally winner Seb Perez literally  flew over it

Celebrating Colin McRae - Chester Rally Revival

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  > Celebrating Colin McRae - Chester Rally Revival

Paul Lawrence Reports

A new event to celebrate rallying heritage ran successfully but in a fairly low-key way at the end of February when the inaugural Chester Rally Revival marked the 25th anniversary of one of the biggest moments in the career of Colin McRae.

The idea was to send a gaggle of cars and crews on a tour of Cheshire and Shropshire, taking in venues with RAC Rally heritage. It was not competitive, but some spirited driving kept the fans nicely entertained and it turned out to be a real hit with participants and spectators alike.

The field was headed by Colin’s father Jimmy

Tour de Corse Historique 20th Edition!

After an 19th edition marked by five intense days of racing that saw no fewer than six different leaders with a single second separating the first two crews, all eyes are on the 20th anniversary of the Tour de Corse Historique. From Monday 5 to Saturday 10 October aficionados of the Corsican rally stages will travel 900kms from Porto Vecchio to Bastia, Calvi, Ajaccio and back to Porto Vecchio including 20 special stages - to mark 20 years of the event - totalling nearly 350 stage kilometres. See www.tourdecorse-historique.fr for all the details.

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1000 Mile Trial 120th Anniversary Edition

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > 1000 Mile Trial 120th Anniversary Edition

The Royal Automobile Club and rally organisers, HERO took a break from running the 1000 Mile Trial last year, in order to better plan an event worthy of the 120th anniversary of the original Trial this year. 

Photo Francesco & Roberta Rastrelli / Blue Passion Courtesy HERO

Starting from Preston and promising to be something special, there will be more emphasis on the social side of things, as the pre-war cars travel some 800 miles up to Edinburgh over flowing roads, amusing regularity sections, rousing tests, quirky stopovers and luxury overnight hotels for the final gala on the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Boucles à Bastogne

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Victory for Kris Meeke

Paul Lawrence Reports

On his first competitive rally since his World Rally Championship career came to an end, Irishman Kris Meeke joined the illustrious list of winners of the Legend Boucles à Bastogne. Equipped with a full-spec Ford Escort Mk2 from the stable of Belgian competitor Christophe Jacob, Meeke and co-driver Seb Marshall dominated the huge Belgian event and pressed home their advantage when the rally moved to gravel stages for the second day.

“Meeke was simply on another planet”  Photos Letihon.be

Rally Neige et Glace Historique

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Rally Neige et Glace Historique

Jurriaan Tas Reports

Formerly a famous speed event, the ‘Neige et Glace’ fell foul of the 1974 oil crisis and was revived as a historic regularity rally in 2000, run by Dakar winner Patrick Zaniroli. He moved the event from Grenoble to the Jura, dubbed by locals as ‘Little Siberia’, because of the near certainty of finding snow and ice there in January. A switch back to the area around Grenoble for the past two years proved unpopular with competitors and the event is now firmly back in Malbuisson.

Winners Romuald Sanseigne and Florin Fornassier in their Autobianchi A112 Abarth. “In the end, it was a small mistake that decided the place. We are so proud to achieve the double, Joël and Corinne taught us everything,” said Romauld of his uncle and aunt, who came second.  Photos Richard Bord Courtesy Zaniroli Classic Events

Winter Marathon

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Andrea Belome and Massimo Be nsoli took a slender 8-point win

Andrea Belometti and Massimo Bettinsoli won the Winter Marathon 2020 driving a 1937 Fiat 508 C. The crew from team Brescia Corse remained amongst the top positions over the many Dolomite passes on 23-24 January, beating the young crew of Edoardo Bellini and Roberto Tiberti in a similar Fiat, by eight penalty points. Third place went to Guido Barcella and Roberto Ghidotti in a Porsche 356 C Coupe, some 90 points down on the two leaders.

23rd Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > 23rd Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique

Peter Collins Reports on one of the most popular events inendurance rallying, with over 300 entries.

Consistency was the key to success for Henrik Bjerregaard and Jaromir Svec Photo http://promopub.org

The first cars to set off on the annual pilgrimage to Monte-Carlo were those from Athens at 12:40 on Wednesday January 29th. Five crews had chosen to do this and they were faced with a 1,715km drive before they would finish on the harbour of the Principality. A further two cars had chosen Glasgow from where they started, along with the Rallye Classique participants, at 19:00 the same day, faced with covering 2142kms to Monte.

Roger Albert Clark Rally 2020

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Roger Albert Clark Rally 2020

Paul Lawrence Reports on one of the toughest rallies in historic motorsport

 

McCormack the third

 

Marty McCormack and Barney Mitchell won the 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally in late November after a fabulous battle with Jason Pritchard and Phil Clarke on the 13th edition of this unique event.

Marty McCormack on the way to a record third RAC win.  Photos Paul Lawrence

For four and a half days, over 31 special stages, McCormack drove faultlessly to take a 52-second victory after more than five hours of flat out rallying. However, the result was in doubt until the very end as Pritchard never stopped chasing despite a puncture in Scotland on Sunday morning that proved a turning point in his rally.

East African Safari Classic 2020

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > East African Safari Classic 2020

Rosenberger Rules under the African Sky

Paul Lawrence Reports

 

Austrian driver Kris Rosenberger and co-driver Nicola Bleicher headed the Safari Classic Rally at the finish in Mombasa on Friday 6 December after nine tough days through Kenya and Tanzania. 

Rosenberger, who last rallied in Kenya back in 1989, took his Tuthill Porsche 911 to a 93-second victory over the similar car of 2015 winner and rally legend Stig Blomqvist. Porsche 911s claimed the top eight places as Tuthill Porsche and Team Tido Race 4 Health dominated the leader board.

Kris Rosenberger and Nicola Bleicher head towards victory.  Photos McKlein

Six events for Tour European Rally Historic

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Six events for Tour European Rally Historic

The Tour European Rally (TER), created in 2016 by the Italian TV producer Luca Grilli, is aimed at “merging the assets of some outstanding rally events in Europe to create a series in order to have an enhanced global promotion.  The chosen events must have outstanding characteristics: based in tourist-oriented areas, they must possess unique specific features different from the other championship events and they must display an excellent touristic and/or historical background.”

In 2019 the Tour European Rally Historic based on the same principles ran for the first time and comprised six events. Won by the German crew of Heinz-Walter Schewe and Frank Blondel in a Porsche 911 SC, the championship attracted a truly international entry, though modest in number in the first year.

For 2020 promoters have announced a new six-event calendar based in southern Europe and taking in one gravel rally and five asphalt events, beginning with Rally Città di Arezzo in Tuscany, on the gravel roads that are part of the history of rallying from when Rallye Sanremo was in the World Rally Championship.

Crown to take on the World

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Crown to take on the World

Not content with winning the Peking to Paris rally for the third time last year at the age of 87, Gerry Crown is about to embark on his next adventure. The remarkable Australian octogenarian has now entered the ultimate circumnavigation challenge – Rally the Globe’s eponymous Round the World.

87 year-old Gerry Crown won the 2019 Peking to Paris. His next exploit will be to rally around the world

Midnattssolsrallyt 2020

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Midnattssolsrallyt 2020

2020 will mark the 15th running of the KAK Midnight Sun Rally in historic form, which is just as many times as the KAK Midnight Sun Rally ran in its original form from 1950 to 1964. This anniversary will be celebrated during the event.

Based in the city of Örebro, about 200kms west of Stockholm and open to 2wd cars made before 1990, the rally will run in three legs with a total length of approximately 900kms with nearly 160kms of special stages. Due to less and less uptake, the regularity class will be discontinued. Dates are 8-11 July, when the sun is indeed high. See www.midnattssolsrallyt.com for details.

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2020 Tour Auto

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > 2020 Tour Auto

The 2140km route for this year’s Tour Auto has now been determined, with the now traditional days of presentation and scrutineering in Paris’ Grand Palais before the official start from Linas Montlhéry. Night stops will be in Clermont-Ferrand, Limoges, Toulouse and Pont de Gard before the finish in the ‘cité phocéenne’ of Marseille. Circuits visited will be Nevers Magny-Cours, Charade, Albi and Ledénon. Dates are 20-25 April. See peterauto.peter.fr.

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Coupe des Alpes

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Coupe des Alpes

Rallystory, organiser of the Coup des Alpes for over 30 years, has announced a route for 2020 that will differ considerably from those travelled in recent years. Participants will have about twenty passes to cross, a large majority of which have not been used in recently, including the Col de Saint Raphael in the Southern Alps. 

Starting from Evian on the shores of Lake Geneva on 11 June, the rally, which is untimed and non-competitive, finishes on the Croisette in Cannes on the 13th, after night stops in Mègeve and Serre Chevalier. With the victories in the ‘60s of Bernard Consten with Giulietta, TZ and GTA, Roger De Lageneste in an SZ and Jean Rolland with an SZ and a GTA, the Alfa Romeo marque holds the record for the greatest number of successes in the event. It is therefore natural that in 2020 Alfa Romeo will be the featured marque.

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Coupe Suisse des Rallyes Historique

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Coupe Suisse des Rallyes Historique

Swiss with Corsican origins Marc Valliccioni, and his navigator Marie Josee Cardi were crowned 2019 Swiss Historic Rally Champions at a gala evening in Berne in December. After six rounds in the various regions of Switzerland they took their BMW M3 to victory ahead of runners-up, Alain Röthlisberger and Sarah Junod (Ford Escort), with Eddy Bérard and Frédéric Rausis coming third in their BMW M3.

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Le Jog 2020

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Le Jog 2020

The Silver Jubilee edition of Le Jog, the Land’s End to John O’Groats Classic Reliability Trial, was the UK’s final major classic rally of 2019, as 83 cars tackled the challenging and relentless 800-mile trek up the length of Great Britain.

The Porsche 356 of German crew Thomas Lundt and Dirk Adam makes a splash. Photos Will Broadhead Courtesy HERO

Coppa Delle Alpi 2020

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > Coppa Delle Alpi 2020

Peter Collins went along to test the first winter rally from the organisers of the Mille Miglia

Perhaps perceiving a gap in the litany of quality historic car events in Italy, MM Srl, the organisers of the Mille Miglia since 2013, decided to turn their hand to running a winter rally in early December, travelling through no fewer than four countries during its four days.

This ambitious schedule involved a long counter-clockwise route starting in Brescia and heading towards the Trentino with the first night-stop at Bressanone or Brixen, depending upon your allegiances. After a brief doubling back the route headed east over the Passo Del Brennero, into Austria to finish the second day at Seefeld in the Tirol.

Winners Antonino Margiotta and Guido Urbino (Volvo PV444).  Photos Couertesy 1000Miglia

Flying Scotsman

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Flying Scotsman

Nearly 90 cars are already entered for the 12th Flying Scotsman from the Endurance Rally Association.  The three day rally for pre-war cars runs from 3-5 April and takes crews from Chester to the Gleneagles Hotel near Perth in southern Scotland.  Among the entries are Will Onions and vintage radiator expert Rob Smith, best known for rallying Ford Escort Mk2s.  They will compete in a 1934 MG Magnette K3 that Onions recently added to his stable.  It will be their first experience of such an event.

Photo Gerard Brown Courtesy ERA

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Cento Ore Anniversary Edition

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Cento Ore Anniversary Edition

The Modena Cento Ore is 20-years-old, and to celebrate, a special 20th anniversary edition is planned for 2-7 June, featuring a long-awaited departure from the Eternal City.  Competitors will spend two nights in Rome and two nights in Florence with, as always, the prize-giving and final night in Modena.  Circuits next year will be Vallelunga, Magione, Mugello and Imola and Luigi Orlandini and his team at Canossa Events have promised “some new, great special stages.”  With both competition and regularity categories for cars up to the ‘80s (Period I), a ‘50s drum-braked sports car class with its own classification and special prizes was introduced last year to try to encourage more early cars.  Previous entrants took priority until 31 October, and entries are now open to all online at www.modenacentooreclassic.it.

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Marathon de la Route

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Marathon de la Route

Photo Courtesy Marathon de la Route

The 2020 edition of the Marathon de la Route will run from June 13 to 16 across the Bourgogne-Franche Comté, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Occitani regions of France. The route will cover 1800km including 50 regularity sections. “The course will be completely new, with two short loops on Saturday and Monday, 99.9% of paved roads and less than 100 kilometres of highway to bypass the centre of major cities on the course,” said organiser Joseph Lambert. “When imagining this route, we wanted to focus on some of the highlights of the history of motor sport in France.”

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2020 British Rally Championship

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > 2020 British Rally Championship

The 2020 calendar for the Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship has been unveiled.  The schedule grows from seven to eight events and takes in five gravel events and three asphalt events, including two closed-road rallies.  The Jim Clark Rally returns to the calendar after a break with closed-road stages in the Scottish borders.  The Kielder Forest Rally, which replaces the former Pirelli Rally, will run in late April in the North Tyne Valley.

Dates are: March 28, Rally North Wales; April 25, Kielder Forest Rally; May 29-30, Jim Clark Rally; June 14, Red Kite Stages; July 26, Harry Flatters Rally; August 22, Ulster Rally; September 25-26, Trackrod Rally; and October 24, Carlisle Stages.

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Tour de Corse Historique

MAGAZINE  >  FEATURES & REPORTS  >Tour de Corse Historique

Frédéric Lombarde Reports 
from the Ile de Beauté

Over the last 19 years, the Tour de Corse Historique has become a major event on the French and international historic rally calendar, and many drivers, including many with great past rally successes to their names, continue to return to the legendary Corsican stages.  After a first day of technical inspections and a short shakedown stage in the wet, the sun came out on 8 October for competitors, who, for five days were to rally over some 900kms and 16 special stages totalling 350kms on a route that is altered each year.  Eighty-eight cars in competition and 61 in regularity delighted the enthusiastic Corsican public, who never seem to tire of lining the road to admire and listen to the melodious song of cars from the glory years of rallying in Corsica.

Rally Of The Tests

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Rally Of The Tests

Paul Lawrence Reports on the event 
that recalls the RAC Rally of the ‘50s

Heavy rain, snow, ice and bright sunshine ensured that the 2019 Rally of the Tests was a big challenge for around 80 crews during three full days of classic rallying from Torquay to Chester on 7-10 November.

Steve Entwistle and Mark Appleton led from start to  nish in thier Mini Cooper S.  Photos Paul Lawrence

Through it all, the Mini Cooper S of Steve Entwistle and Mark Appleton dominated the action with neither crew member faltering as the Mini led from the short prologue section on Thursday evening.  As the overall awards are restricted to pre-1968 cars, the overall runners-up were GT racer and Porsche expert Phil Hindley and his co-driver Martyn Taylor (Porsche 911). 

FIA rally action in Italy

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > FIA rally action in Italy

Rally Alpi Orientali and Rally Elba Storico

The late summer heralded two Italian asphalt rounds of the FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship, the Rally Alpi Orientali Historic, on 28-30 August in the north east of the country and the 31st Rally Elba Storico on 19-21 September on the spectacular island of Elba. On both events, the competition over special stages on closed public roads was fierce across the four age-based categories.

Paul Lawrence Reports

In Category 1 for pre 1970 cars, it was local crew Antonio Parisi and Giuseppe D’Angelo (Porsche 911S) who claimed maximum points on both events to take top spot of the category.  The big challenge to the Porsche regularly comes from Ernie and Karen Graham in their 1600cc Ford Escort Mk1 twin-cam. The UK husband and wife crew suffered from brake issues on day one of the Alpi Orientali but fought back on day two to finish third in class.

Preview: Maroc Historic 2020

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Preview: Maroc Historic 2020

Entries are now open for this extraordinary competitive Moroccan adventure, which next year will take place much earlier than its usual end of April date. The 11th edition of the Maroc Historic will run from 2-7 March and organiser, Yves Loubet says this is to take advantage of better weather.

The road book will be officially released in mid-January once the route permits have been validated by the authorities. The three main regions crossed by the rally will be Marrakech, Essaouira and Sidi Ifni. See www.yl-historicrallyevents.com for entry forms.

Photo Courtesy Maroc Historic

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Jimmy McRae Tops Historics in Wales

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Jimmy McRae Tops Historics in Wales

Former five-time British Rally Champion Jimmy McRae used all his experience and pace as his Porsche 911RS finished leading historic car on the national section of Wales Rally GB in early October.

Three weeks before his 76th birthday McRae drove the car, owned by Brian Bell and prepared by Richard Lepley’s Prepfab operation, over the first two full days of Wales Rally GB, Britain’s round of the World Rally Championship. In the historic specification Porsche McRae tackled challenging conditions over classic Welsh forest stages like Hafren and Penmachno as heavy rain soaked the gravel tracks.

Tough going for 76 year-old McRae. Photo Paul Lawrence 

Launch of the Historic Regularity Challenge

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Launch of the Historic Regularity Challenge

The Spanish rally organisation RACC and Belgian organiser Ypres Historic Rally have reached an agreement to create the “Historic Regularity Challenge” for 2020. The aim is to promote two of the most interesting regularity events with a history in Europe: The Catalunya Rally and the Ypres Rally.

The winner of the Rally Catalunya Històric 2020, which takes place next year on 28-29 February, will get a free entry for the Ypres Historic Regularity Rally 2020, to be staged on 28-29 November, and the winning crew of the Belgian race will get a free Premium (all included) entry for the Rally Catalunya Històric 2021.

The winner of the Rally Catalunya Històric 2020 will get a free entry for the Ypres Historic Regularity Rally.  Photo Courtesy Rally Classics

All crews participating in both rallies will score towards the Historic Regularity Challenge and the number of points will be those of the position in the final classification of each rally. The overall winner of the Historic Regularity Challenge will get a free entry for the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique 2021.  See http://rallyclassics.clubfor more information.

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Mecsek Rallye Hungary

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2019 FIA Historic Rally Championship Ultimate Round

Lucky and Pons top FIA standings as 2019 Champions are Decided

Paul Lawrence Reports

Italian veteran ‘Lucky’ and his hugely experienced co-driver Fabrizia Pons were top scorers on the 53rd Mecsek Rallye in Hungary to finish the season as Category 4 champions in the FIA European Historic Sporting Rally Championship.

In a dramatic final round for the pan-European FIA-sanctioned special stage rally championship, their Lancia Delta Integrale moved back to the head of Category 4 (pre ’92) as former leaders Will Graham and Michael Johnston retired their BMW M3 mid-rally with alternator problems. ‘Lucky’ emerged as the only category champion not using a Porsche 911.

Winter Driving Fun

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Neige et Glace - 26-29 JANUARY

 

A rich and sportive history

Created in 1953 the Rallye Neige et Glace quickly became an unmissable event for the factory teams, keen on settling the score after the Monte-Carlo Rally.  Gérard Larousse,

Bob Neyret, Jean-Claude Andruet and Jean Vinatier, in particular, are associated with the rally,  considered by some to be even more challenging than the Monte.  

The 2020 edition, will go back to its previous format, which commences with a meet at Sochaux at the Peugeot Adventure Museum for technical and administrative checks, before a  first night stage to Malbuisson, rally headquarters for the next three days.  Route masterminds Patrick Zaniroli and Alain Lopes have devised three loops using the winding roads along the Swiss border between the Doubs and the Jura and have increased the number of regularity zones to eight per day and minimized the untimed miles on the open road.  With a return each night to the comfort of the Hotel du Lac in Malbuisson, organisers also offer a ‘Randonnée’ category, for those who want to join the party without the stress of being timed.  Classes go from 1946 to 4 x 4s up to 1993, but most participants take cars of the ‘60s and early ’70s.  Entry forms can be downloaded at www.zaniroli.com and there are discounts for early entries.

Preview: East African Safari

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Coming soon (November 27-December 6) is the big one – The Safari Rally.  First run in 2003, the legendary East African Safari Classic Rally now run biennially, is a nine-day event covering some 5,000 kilometres through Kenya and Tanzania, rekindling the spirit of the original Safari Rally, which put East Africa on the motorsport map and earned an unassailable reputation as the world’s toughest rally.

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Open to two-wheel drive, normally aspirated, FIA rally cars built before 1986, Safari Classic is a true adventure and replicates the challenge of the original Safari, travelling through the East African landscape, passing through famous game parks and overnighting at many of the finest lodges in the cradle of Africa.

Lahti Historic Rally

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Round 6 of the 2019 FIA Championship was held in Finland on August 9-10.  The Lahti Historic Rally is the only gravel rally on the calendar and invokes memories of the legendary Thousand Lakes.  Won on the road by Finns Antero Laine and Topi Luhtinen in an Audi Quattro, with Esa Peltonen and Jyrki Saarto in second place in their the Toyota Starlet 1300 and the first EHSRC entrant across the finish line, the Toyota was 1m03.5secs behind the Audi and 9.9 seconds ahead of the Audi Quattro of ‘Zippo’ and Nicola Arena, the Italians finishing third overall and second in the EHSRC contest.   However, in post event scrutineering the Finnish Audi was disqualified for technical reasons, leaving the two Championship contenders first and second overall, as well as first and second in Category 3 of the Championship. 

Overall winners Esa Peltonen and Jyrki Saarto in their Toyota Starlet1300 were also the  first European Championship contenders across the line.  Photos Jarmo K Mäki / @JamoPic.Photography

Preview: Tour de Corse Historiques

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Entry demand is strong for the 2019 Tour de Corse, which will kick off on October 7 with a shakedown stage in Porto-Vecchio before setting off on a new five-day route that will take in some 840kms and 17 special closed road timed stages, with night stops this year in Porto-Vecchio, Saint-Florent, Calvi and Ajaccio before returning to Porto-Vecchio.  Regularly attracting a who’s who of historic rallying, providing fierce competition at the top of the leaderboard, the event also attracts a multitude of drivers with more modest ambitions and abilities in a wide variety of cars, old and not so old, who just want to drive on the classic Corsican stages in what is some of the most stunning scenery in Europe.  With competition and regularity classes, the entry is limited to 250 cars and is usually over-subscribed.  For cars up to 1990 with HTPs or technical passports divided into age categories, there is a discounted entry fee for cars under 1300cc (Mini drivers take note).  There is also a legend class for early post-war cars from 1947.  Entries can be made through www.tourdecorse-historique.com or an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will get you an entry form.

 

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Midnattssolsrallyt

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Rådström Reigns on the Road....

Fastest from the off,  Arne Rådström dominated Sweden’s most important historic rally, the KAK Midnight Sun Rally, in his Volvo 262 at the head of a highly competitive 130-car field, finishing each of the three days, from July 10 to 13, in the lead.  But, after 900kms and over 150 stage kilometres, the Volvo driver was disqualified for a technical infringement, which was upheld after appeal.

This gave second on the road Patrik Dybeck and Jonny Norling the victory in their Opel Kadett GSI over the Volvo 242 of class-winning Harry Joki and Tony Sundkvist by a margin of 23 seconds.   An expected podium place for Ola Axelsson evaporated on the final day when he was sidelined with clutch problems in his Volvo 244, gifting the place to Mikael Wisti’s Volvo 240.  A worthy fifth were reigning European rally champions Mats Myrsell and Esko Juntilla in their Porsche 911 RS, who also won their class.  

Fastest from the start, Arne and Dennis Rådström were disqualified for a technical infringement in their
Volvo 262 SE

Liège-Brescia-Liège 2019

MAGAZINE  >  RALLY NEWS  > Liège-Brescia-Liège 2019

Organised by Malcolm McKay’s ClassicRallyPress organisation, this year’s Liège-Brescia-Liège Rally for Triumph TRs in July saw 26 TRs from 1953 to 1976 take part.  The rally closely followed its original 1958 route but was split over 10 days instead of the original continuous 60hrs with just one 8hr break.  Still formulated as a navigational endurance challenge, with three circuit tests, drivers were offered the possibility to drive the rally as a tour, but none of the TR owners were interested in that option, all battling to find the route controls and win at least a class award, if not win overall. 

The route headed over the Belgian Ardennes into Germany and the Dolomites, crossing Austria to Italy then headed east into Slovenia and over the challenging Vrsic pass before dropping down to Ljubljana, where a day’s break allowed competitors to service their cars and visit the city.

The weather was superb throughout – making the scenery all the more stunning and the roads more enjoyable. 

Rallye Weiz Historic 2019

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FIA Historic Rally Championship

‘Lucky’ and Fabrizia Pons have continued their winning streak in the European Historic Rally Championship in their Lancia Delta Integrale 16V with a storming drive on the Rally Weiz Historic, winning all but two of the 14 special stages in the Austrian round of the Championship on the weekend of 18-20 July.  

Second overall and  rst in Category 3 ‘Zippo’ and Denis Piceno took maximum championship points

The first day already saw the Italian pair with a lead of 1m25.2s ahead of their nearest rivals and well ahead of the second placed Category 4 competitor after the Porsche 911 SC of championship leaders Mats Mysell and Esko Juntilla suffered a technical problem on the fourth stage of the day.

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