Second Samurai Challenge - Rally Round


October 2020

A second chance to experience the amazing landscapes and culture of Japan

From ancient past to high-tech future

Our fabulous Samurai Challenge in Spring 2017 was such a wonderful success that we have decided to return to Japan in 2020 for a second bite of the cherry, if not the cherry blossom; this time we will be travelling in October and following a circular route that starts and finishes in the dazzling city of Tokyo.

In addition to stunning scenery, ancient temples, amazing food and mind-boggling culture, we will also be revisiting the delightful Sado Island, home of the internationally renowned Kodo Drummers and the venue for some of 2017’s most memorable regularity sections. With a host of new experiences besides, we can promise you an event you will never forget.

We’ll be publishing a detailed brochure in due course, but you will find a taste of what to expect in our original Samurai Challenge rally blog, accessed from our 2017 event page. As on that occasion, the second Samurai Challenge will be accompanied by expert medical and mechanical support teams as well as knowledgeable local agents, who proved in 2017 that nothing was beyond their remarkable abilities. In the meantime the Rally Round office stands ready to advise and assist you in your preparations, or simply to answer any questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you!

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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