Classic Marathon



10th – 16th of June 2018


The Classic Marathon is a superb event for both driver and navigator. All roads are of good quality, HERO Colour Coding, INTERMEDIATE with only a minimum of loose surfaces on tests and route. All driving will be carried out in daylight hours. Navigation is straight forward with a comprehensive tulip road book provided along with a map book that provides an overview of the route. It is perfect for those wanting to venture out onto their first long distance event or compete abroad. This event receives the classification Intermediate because of the above, suitable for all levels of experience, some guidance may be needed by novice crews.

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Event description

Intermediate difficulty

When the first Pirelli Classic Marathon competitors were flagged away from London’s Tower Bridge on a bright and sunny Sunday in June 1988, it was the start of something very special. The ambitious plan was a drive across Europe to Cortina – the Jewel of the Dolomites – and all the way back again for a prize giving at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall. As the promotional brochure at the time put it, “This event is rather unique – there is nothing as long, demanding or as challenging in the world calendar for classic cars”. It was a plan that captured not only the imagination of countless enthusiasts -but also many of rallying’s past heroes – Stirling Moss, Roger Clark, Timo Makinen, Paddy Hopkirk, Paul Easter and Willy Cave to name but a few were all keen to come out of retirement to relive former glories.

Although the event has evolved in the thirty years since that date, the Marathon still holds endurance at its core, driving and navigating across some of Europe’s finest roads and mountain passes are the heart and soul of this event. However, the event does allow for a good social side as it is essentially a daylight event. Navigation will be in the form of easy to read tulip instructions or simple Jogularity information. These will be supplemented by daily overview maps. As such, the event is ideal for those wanting to venture out onto their first long distance European event.

Breaking new ground in 2018, the Classic Marathon will explore the birthplace of western civilisation, Greece. This mountainous country lends itself to fantastic driving roads, each turn bringing a challenge for both driver and navigator. We aim to bring you a real flavour of the Aegean and a rare and unique chance to compete against like-minded crews over this fabled rally ground. Scrutineering takes place on the 9th of June 2018, with the event starting on the 10th of June 2018.

The event starts at an historic site in the Athens area and, from there, a straightforward first day on the road takes us north west to Delphi and a chance to consult the Oracle… The terrain then becomes more rugged on Day Two as we explore the mountains of Central Greece before finishing in the shadow of the amazing clifftop monasteries at Meteora.

Climbing ever higher, a challenging third day behind the wheel sees the route rise to over 2000 metres as we enjoy a series of lonely mountain roads through the spectacular Pindos Mountains before descending to the coast and the overnight hotel close to Patras.

Day Four combines the mountains of the Peloponnese with the opportunity to visit a few historic sites as we head for the coastal resort of Kalamata, famous for its olives. Here crews can enjoy two nights in the same hotel, as the next day sees us discovering the wild and rugged coastlines of the beautiful Mani region before returning to Kalamata.

Bringing our Greek odyssey towards its conclusion, Day Six offers even more breath-taking scenery and superb driving roads as we make for our destination – the beautiful island of Spetses.

This unique finish location has been masterminded by HERO Chairman, Tomas de Vargas Machuca, through his extensive contacts on the island. Having enjoyed an evening of Spetses hospitality on arrival, a final short morning of competition around the island precedes a lavish prize giving dinner to round off the event in fine style.

Event characteristics



(Excluding scrutineering)



Current Entry fee


(Starting from)

Length of route


(2320 km)

Pre-event training


Approximate Leg mileage

200 miles

(320 km)

Vehicle eligibility


(Cars built before this date)

Navigation type


Night sections


Expected Tests


Expected Regularities


HERO Cup coefficient


Vehicle Information

  • All cars will be eligible for overall awards.
  • The cars will be spilt into classes, based on age and cc. There will no differentiation between sports and saloon cars.
  • HERO continue to generally favour older cars and the route chosen has been planned around cars from the 1960’s but both older and newer cars will feel equally at home.
  • The scoring on the test sections is class based so you will be scoring against other similar aged cars.

What is included

  • Entry to the event for a crew of two people.
  • Eight nights’ accommodation (crew of two sharing – supplements available for single rooms).
  • Lunch on each day of competition; Saturday the 10th of June to Sunday 16th of June.
  • Evening meals for the nights Sunday 10th of June through to Friday 15th of June.
  • Champagne reception & Welcome Dinner on Saturday the 9th of June.
  • Champagne reception & Awards presentation banquet on Saturday the 16th of June.
  • Generous awards list.
  • Rally plates and side number plates.
  • Detailed Road Book.
  • Overview Map-Book.
  • Ferry crossing to and from the Island of Spetses for a car and a crew of two.
  • On-event support from our HERO Assist Mechanics.
  • Event Regalia/Souvenirs.


Entry List

Classic Marathon 2018 - Entries by vehicle age

1 Richard Worts (Eng) Nicola Shackleton (Eng) Jaguar XK150 DHC 3400 1958
2 Michael Gerber (CHE) Christoph Küng (CHE) Austin-Healey MKI BN7 2940 1959
3 Drexel Gillespie (IRL) Patricia Gillespie Volvo Amazon 122S 1800 1964
4 Klaus Müller (DEU) Ilona Seewald (DEU) Triumph TR 4 2188 1964
5 Ken Dobbs (Eng) Peter Opie (Eng) MG B 1798 1965
6 Mike Leary Martin Leary MG B 1850 1965
7 Alex Geigy (CHE) TBA Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII 2912 1965
8 Julian Pitts (Eng) Graham Briggs (Eng) Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 1598 1965
9 Paul Crosby (Eng) Andy Pullan (Eng) Porsche 911 2195 1969
10 Daniel Gresly (CHE) TBA Porsche 914-6 1998 1970

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