With a deep-rooted passion for veteran and vintage machinery, Rally Round has traditionally run a period-dressed event each summer to celebrate the heroic pioneers of early motoring. In 2018, we have two particularly significant anniversaries to commemorate. It will be 130 years since Bertha Benz, wife of automobile inventor Karl Benz, made the world’s very first long-distance journey in a motor car, and 120 years since the running of the first international motor race, from Paris to Amsterdam and back.
Our 2018 Paris-Amsterdam Rally will run over six days from 17-23 June, and will be rather easier than the events that inspired it. Unlike Bertha Benz, you will not have to follow muddy cart tracks or find fuel in pharmacies, and you will not be opposed by armed troops, as the racers of 1898 were. Nevertheless you may expect plenty of excitement as we follow thrilling roads through France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, with some classic race circuits thrown in for good measure. The Veteran and Vintage categories will again compete for the Charles Jarrott Trophy, named after Britain’s first motorsport hero, whilst the Classic (pre-1969-type) category will have its own awards. In honour of Bertha Benz, we might offer a special prize for the highest-placed female driver with a teenage navigator! You may now read or download the brochure on our dedicated Paris-Amsterdam event page, and as ever we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
We already have a great bunch of competitors. Recent entries include returning Paris-Prague participants such as Spirit of the Rally Award winners John and Catherine Harrison with their 1917 American LaFrance (pictured above), Irish-American crew Tom Hayes and Frank McDonagh with their 1970 BMW 2002ti Alpina, father and daughter Martin and Alexandra Tacon with their 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans, Steven Collins with ‘Gypsy’, his lovely 1922 Bentley 3-litre, and Richard Dresner and Colin Mackenzie in the 1934 Talbot they hoped to drive last year before fate put them into a MGB V8 Costello. We’re also delighted to welcome experienced rallyists Andy and Liz Owler in a fabulous 1971 Alpine Renault A110 Berlinette, Anthony and Fiona Galliers-Pratt in a 1965 Porsche 911, Jan and Marion van Gemert in a 1929 Buick Roadster and Jan Woien and Jan Erik Hansen in the 1935 Alvis Speed 20 they campaigned on our Samurai Challenge in Japan. New entries are arriving all the time, so don’t delay if you want to join the fun! To reserve your place please contact the Rally Office via the Enquiry button at the top of the Paris-Amsterdam event page – click here. We look forward to hearing from you!