London to Lisbon
A ten day drive from London to Lisbon across France, Spain & Portugal – let the adventure begin
A 10 day event over some 2000 miles (3500kms) with a good number of regularities and a few tests. The 2019 event will take a different route than previous events, keeping to the west coast of France before spending a day or so in the Pyrenees. The route will then head across the centre of Spain before entering into Portugal and the finish in Lisbon.
on 25th April
A busy day getting ready for the off, Scrutineering, signing on, novice briefing and crew briefing. A free evening to socialise
Two tests follow the 10am start at Brooklands Museum before the event heads south to Portsmouth Ferry port, via a couple of Regularities and a Tea Halt, before boarding Brittany Ferries over night sailing to the picturesque French port of St Malo
A short day in comparison of around 300kms taking in the beauty of the Brittany countryside as we meander South. A test and some Chateau spotting will be the order of the day but with fewer overall kilometers, competitors will feel relaxed as they acclimatise to the new surroundings.
One of the first long days covering 350kms as we make our way south from Nates to Bordeaux for the overnight halt to the north of the historic town. A regularity through some of the finest vineyards in the region should be a pleasant end to the day as we close in on the worlds major wine industry capital.
Across the flat-lands and into the hills. A medium distance day of 350km which starts with a beautiful trip through the Landes of Gascogne National Park before we see the Pyrenees appear in the distance and begin to climb into the foothills. We anticipate a test late afternoon before a couple of enjoyable regularities in the mountainous terrain surrounding the world famous Pilgrimage site of Lourdes.
A slightly shorter day looping, again, through the Pyrenees. After the previous days' warm up, competitors will be ready to tackle the infamous mountains that separate France and Spain. The sight of the classic cars climbing the mountain passes and reaching the cols will be a glorious sight and as we reach the border to cross into Spain, we can look forward to a welcome return to the Monastery at Boltana.
Day six is planned as a long day, just short of 400 Kms but the route takes us through the Parque Natural de la Sierra y Cañones de Guara, north of Zaragoza, Sercotel Balneario Sicilia, Jaraba
A nice short day as we loop south into the Sierra de Guadarrama. The day will finish with a visit to Segovia's Roman Aqueduct and Gothic Cathedral and a special highlight for competitors will be an enjoyable evening in a 17th Century Royal Palace.
A long day as we head west for the Portuguese border. The day will begin crossing the rolling hills Northwest of Madrid before some interesting regularities in the Las Batuecas-Sierra de Francia Natural Park. Once across the border into Portugal, a final couple of regularities in the foothills of the Serra de Estrela National Park will have crews welcoming the overnight rest in their hilltop Hotel.
A lie in and a late start for our penultimate day. The day will start with an enjoyable climb to the highest point in Portugal as we amble through the Parc Natural da Serra da Estrela. Today's overall distance won't be too long but the roads will be an enjoyable challenge.
The last day and the drive into Lisbon for the ceremonial finish and evening Awards Dinner
|17||Malcolm Harper (NLD)||Nina Nikolic (NLD)||Lancia Fulvia 1.6HF Rallye||1584||1970|
|82||Paul Handley (Eng)||Roma Handley (Eng)||MG B Roadster||1948||1966|
|89||Steve Robertson (Eng)||Julia Robertson||Triumph TR3||1991||1955|
|93||Irvine Laidlaw (Sco)||Tony Davies (Wal)||Porsche 911 2.7 RS Lightweight||2700||1973|
|94||Dominic Manser (Eng)||Jill Brum (Eng)||TBA|
|95||TBA||David Coxon (GBR)||Austin Healey 3000 MK111||2912||1965|
|2||Derek Skinner (GBR)||Susan Skinner (GBR)||Ford Cortina MK1||1498||1965|
|5||Graham Platts||Neil Ripley||Austin Healey 100M||2660||1956|
|6||Harald Krauspe (CHE)||Caterina Hürlimann Krauspe (CHE)||Volvo 122S||1800||1963|
|8||Michael Moss (Eng)||James Ewing||Fiat 2300S Abarth Coupe||2294||1965|
|9||Nigel Perkins||Pete Johnson||TBA|
|10||Richard Bowser||Catherine Bowser||Austin Healey||3000||1967|
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