The Paris-Biarritz Rally 2019 - Rally Round

16-22 September 2019

A six-day competition for the Charles Jarrott Trophy, from Versailles to the Atlantic coast

The best of the west

Rally Round’s period-dressed summer rallies traditionally pay tribute to the pioneers of early motorsport, the brave automobilists who raced from city to city on public roads, invariably starting from Paris. The first such event (retrospectively called the first Grand Prix) was held in 1895 and ran from Paris to Bordeaux and back; as the race was technically for four-seat machines, the official winner was Paul Koechlin on a Peugeot but it was Emile Levassor who took the glory, having arrived 11 hours earlier on a two-seat Panhard et Levassor, at an average speed of 24.5km/h.

Rather than follow the straightforward 1895 race route, our 2019 rally will go much further, exploring the charming country roads of central and south-west France – and northern Spain – before finishing in the glamorous seaside resort of Biarritz. Clerk of the Course Fred Bent is already planning a wonderfully varied route from Versailles to the Atlantic coast, via the mountains of the Pyrenees.

As on previous rallies, the vintage classes will compete for the Charles Jarrott Trophy, whilst the classics fight for their own award. Above all, however, Paris-Biarritz will be a relaxed and highly sociable contest, suitable for experts and novices alike. You will enjoy top-quality accommodation, leisurely lunch and refreshment halts and the entire route will be set out in straightforward tulip-style roadbook, with special pre-event briefings on rally timing and navigation for novices; we will of course be accompanied by expert medical and mechanical support teams as well as a luggage transport service. It’s sure to be great fun, so we hope you can join us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Driver / Co-DriverCountryCarCCCategory
David Wenman / Jeff RobinsonGBR / AUS1918 La France Roadster14,500Vintage
David Royds / Natasha RoydsGBR1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost7,428Vintage
Stephen Ward / John WardGBR1924 Bentley 3 Litre Speed4,471Vintage
Steve Lambert / Ruth LambertAUS1929 Model A Tudor Sedan3,285Vintage
Ed Braclik / Tim JoslynGBR1933 LagondaVintage
Richard Dresner / Colin MackenzieGBR1934 Talbot AV 1053,300Vintage
Harry Hickling / Catherine HicklingAUS1937 MG SA Tourer2,322Vintage
Adrian Martin / Alison MartinGBR1948 Jaguar 3.5 Mk IV DHC3,500Classic
Michael Joseph / Yusuf SadiqGBR1956 Bristol 405 DH1,971Classic
David Hayes / Dawn HayesGBR1958 Triumph TR3A1,991Classic
Noel Devery / Jan Devery IRL / GBR1958 Jaguar XK 15053,400Classic
Dr Michael Feichtinger / Sebastian HaberlAUT1963 Porsche 356 T6 Carrera 21,966Classic
Andrew Actman / Jackie QuinanGBR1963 MGB1,798Classic
Giorgio Cumin / Carla BonassiITA1964 Bentley S36,230Classic
Keith Johnson / Sylvia JohnsonGBR1964 Daimler 2.5 V82,548Classic
Mike Chilman / Toby ChilmanGBR1964 Austin Healey 3000 MK III2,912Classic
Chris Beighton / Judy BeightonGBR1964 Ford Mustang Convertible5,200Classic
Peter Trotter / Celia DjivanovicGBR1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL2,308Classic
Alec Hammond / Barbara HammondGBR1965 Ford Mustang Convertible5,200Classic
Roger Hitchins / Jan HitchinsGBR1966 Ford MustangClassic
Barry Weir / Roma WeirGBR1966 Alfa Romeo Sprint GTV1,600Classic
Tony Eckford / Kim PondGBR1967 Reliant Scimitar Coupe3,000Classic
Robert Frost / Lauri FrostGBR1969 Mercedes 280 SL2,800Classic
Linda Tucker / Sarah JenningsGBR1971 MGB BGT Coupe1,798Classic
Ralph Hummel / Sabine SchübelDEU1971 Maserati Indy 42004,136Classic
Alex Bissett-Powell / Richard BaguleyGBR1971 MGB GT1,798Classic
Tristan Beard / Sophia LinghamGBR1994 Mini Sprite1,275Classic
Andrew Wenman / Tom GoddardGBRTBC
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“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