Odyssey Italia - Rally Round


10 – 24 September 2017

A luxury rally from Liguria to Tuscany, via Corsica and Sardinia

Inspired by ancient myths and modern legends, the luxurious Odyssey Italia Rally ran over 14 days from 10-24 September, starting on the Italian Riviera and visiting the Mediterranean islands of Corsica and Sardinia before finishing in glorious Tuscany; you’ll find more route details in our Recce Report, which you may read via the link on this page.

This was the first Rally Round event to be designed by Kim Bannister, internationally-renowned for his previous work on the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, Flying Scotsman, Classic Safari, Trans-America Challenge and many more, and Odyssey Italia was a rally he had long dreamed of organizing. Fabulous roads through sun-drenched mountains and sparkling coastal landscapes, iconic locations and historic treasures, superb four- and five-star hotels, exquisite cuisine and good company combined to made this a most luxurious and exclusive event, with a relaxed schedule that allowed for leisurely refreshment and sightseeing breaks (not to mention sunbathing and swimming) at beautiful locations such as Porto Cervo on Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda.

Our wonderful adventure is now at an end, as crews today drove the final day’s route from Siena to Il Ciocco,near Barga, crossing the finish line and checking in to the spectacular Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort and Spa for a prizegiving dinner. The last regularity section of the event, shortened due to heavy local traffic, produced no significant changes to the rally leaderboard, although for the first time in two weeks the competing crews had to contend with rainy conditions as thunderstorms swept across Tuscany.

Our hearty congratulations go to vintage category and overall rally winners Bill Cleyndert and Jacqui Norman, to classic category winners Andrew Actman and Jackie Quinan, and to all the other prizewinners listed below, not least Steve and Ruth Lambert, who were presented with the Spirit of the Rally Award in recognition of their unwavering determination and unfailing good humour. We should also like to pay tribute to all the novice competitors who not only mastered the principles of rally timing in a very short time but also achieved remarkable results. Indeed to every single participant we say well done, and thank you for helping to make the 2017 Odyssey Italia such an enjoyable, friendly and memorable rally.

We will be publishing photographs (and videos) as soon as we can. In the meantime you may relive the event via our rally blog and examine the daily and final results in detail by clicking on the links below.

Day 1ClassOverall
1Bill Cleyndert (GBR)Jaqueline Norman (GBR)1924 Bentley 3/4.5Vintage
2Bill Brandt (USA)Jo Brandt (USA)1929 Chrysler 75 Le MansVintage
4Robet Abrey (GBR)Jane Abrey (GBR)1930 Bentley 6.5Vintage
5Steve Lambert (AUS)Ruth Lambert (AUS)1935 Ford Model 48 Fordor SedanVintage
8John Hilbery (GBR)Moira Hilbery (GBR)1950 Bentley SpecialClassic
9Edmund Peel (GBR)Sara Macdonald (GBR)1950 Jaguar XK120 DHCClassic
10Graham Goodwin (GBR)Marina Goodwin (GBR)1952 Jaguar XK120 FHCClassic
11Jonathan Turner (GBR)Karen Turner (GBR)1953 Jaguar SportClassic
12Ian Strang (GBR)Julie Strang (GBR)1955 AC AceClassic
14Do Meeus (NLD)Elizabeth Els (NLD)1955 Jaguar XK140 FHCClassic
15Melvin Andrews (USA)Mrs Melvin Andrews (USA)1956 Jaguar XK140 DHCClassic
16Andrew Actman (GBR)Jackie Quinan (GBR)1963 MGBClassic
17Ed Howle (USA)Janet Howle (USA)1967 Volkswagen Beetle T1Classic
18Petr Uhlir (CZE)Petr Kejdus (CZE)1967 Jaguar Mk2Classic
19Marco Halter (CHE)Claudia Engelhardt (CHE)1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SSClassic
20Tjerk Bury (CHE/USA)Sally Bury (CHE/USA)1972 Datsun 240ZClassic
21Colin Heathcote (GBR)Bren Unwin (GBR)1972 Jaguar E-TypeClassic
22Anthony Verloop (NLD)Sonja Verloop (NLD)1973 MGB GT V8Classic
23Danny Day (USA)Valerie Day (USA)1973 Chevrolet Corvette Sting RayClassic
24Stephen Lloyd (GBR)Kim Lloyd (GBR)1973 Chevrolet Corvatte Sting RayClassic
25David Wenman (GBR)Andrew Wenman (GBR)1954 Triumph TR2Classic


Odyssey Italia 2017 AWARDS

“A stupendous rally, really outstanding. Extremely well organised and action packed. An abiding memory will be of the great camaraderie and endless laughter.
We cannot think of a single thing that would have made it better”

Adrian & Barbara Shooter (1930 Ford Model A) – The Road to Mandalay Rally 2014

“Thank you for three unforgettable weeks, the mixture of laughter, friendship, culture, history, driving and fun. What a cocktail!”


Xavier del Marmol & Ines Bodmer (1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe) – The Thunder Dragon Rally 2015

“Retro-Speed magazine can thoroughly recommend Paris-Madrid. A great event and great fun but still a challenge. We enjoyed every minute”

Peter Baker (1939 Citroen Traction Avant) – Paris-Madrid Rally 2014

“Words cannot express how amazing this rally was – truly a once in a lifetime experience!”

David & Adele Cohen (1931 Ford Model A) – The Thunder Dragon Rally 2015

“What a trip! Another fantastic Rally Round effort – seamless logistics, excellent route and wonderful activities. Once again you and your team created a superb experience. We had a fantastic time in Japan and we look forward to our next outing!”

Paddy Walker & team (1937 Buick Coupe) – The Samurai Challenge 2017

“This wonderful rally will live long in the memory”

Octane magazine – Paris-Madrid Rally 2013

“The best, most exciting rally we have ever done”

Xavier del Marmol & Ines Bodmer (1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe) – The Road to Mandalay Rally 2014

“A fantastic rally – we thoroughly enjoyed it!”

Ries & Lenie Oostlander (1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S) – The Samurai Challenge 2017