Inspired by Italian rally history, Carrera Italia started and finished in sun-drenched Sanremo on the Italian Riviera – home to the country's round of the World Rally Championship for many years – and ran to Rally the Globe's much-loved 'Carrera' format. These deluxe events feature great asphalt roads and fine hotels with competitive Regularity Sections and Speed Tests mostly set on permanent race circuits. Exceeding its billing as an 'Italian classic', Carrera Italia spanned ten stunning days and 1750 miles (2800km) of unforgettable driving adventure. The first few days saw the excited participants journey via the Ligurian Alps, Italian Lakes and Barolo vineyards to the resplendent resort town of Cortina d'Ampezzo set in the Dolomites (where they encountered unseasonal snow), home of the Winter Olympics in 1956 and co-host again in 2026.
Austrian Salzburg with its Fair Grounds was a place where the classic car exhibition Classic Expo has been held Oct 15-17, 2021 as a 17th edition! Wonderful location greeted all participants with nice mid-fall sunny weather and created very pleasant frame for this classic scene event.. This year´edition marked two significant anniversaries with themed expositions: 60 years of very iconic Jaguar E-Type and 75 years of italian motor roller Vespa.
Internationale Oldtimermesse Classic Expo verlief von 15. bis 17. Oktober 2021 im Messezentrum von Salzburg bereits als 17. Auflage! Die nostalgischen Fuhrwerke von rund 300 Ausstellern aus 12 Nationen reihten sich wieder dicht an dicht. Kenner und Besucher schwärmten von Europas schönstem Marktplatz für Oldtimerfreunde. „Die Nachfrage an der Classic Expo ist seitens Ausstellern und Besuchern ungebrochen groß. Das spricht für ihren erstklassigen Ruf innerhalb der Branche und motiviert natürlich auch das komplette Team, einmal mehr Vollgas zu geben, um ein professionelles und sicheres Messeerlebnis zu ermöglichen,.“ sagte Geschäftsführer DI (FH) Alexander Kribus, MBA.
The 20th edition was a big success attracting 210 crews and the 21st edition of the Tour de Corse Historique also promises to leave its mark on everybody's memory. Faced with a never-before-seen number of entry requests in the history of this event from France and abroad, the organisation team of the rally has mobilised itself and deployed the necessary resources (reinforcement of the teams, multiplication of the welcome car parks, service zones, etc.) to welcome in the best possible conditions the record number of 350 entries in the three eligible categories – VHC (Historic Racing Cars), VHRS (Historic Regularity Sports Cars) and Legends (exhibition without timing).
In just a few weeks’ time, the world’s longest running motoring event will be honouring the 125th anniversary of the original London to Brighton Emancipation Run of 1896 – an historic capital to coast celebration instigated by a group of intrepid early enthusiasts to rejoice in the passing of the Locomotives on the Highway Act. The introduction of this new era-defining government legislation raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14mph thus giving motorists the freedom of the road and effectively ending centuries of horse-drawn transport.
'ASTONISHING' HIGHLAND THISTLE RALLY REFUELS PASSIONS FOR EPIC DRIVING ADVENTURES in spectacular Scotland. Starting and finishing in the Scottish seaside resort town of St Andrews, the rescheduled Highland Thistle (2-7 September) attracted a full-capacity, 35-car entry including teams from overseas as well as the UK. With travel restrictions now lifting, crews travelled from Germany, Switzerland, Kenya, Denmark, the Czech Republic and the USA all eager once again to savour the magnetic camaraderie and competition unique to Rally the Globe events.
As well as all the epic race action, the track also witnessed many other unforgettable highlights. To mark the 25 years since he was crowned as Formula One World Champion, Damon Hill was back behind the wheel of his title winning Williams-Renault FW18 and a pack of stunning Jaguar XJR15s marked the 30th anniversary of the extraordinary Jaguar Intercontinental Challenge. Car clubs were back in record numbers, too, with circuit parades honouring major marque and model milestones. Among these were significant gatherings of time-travelling DMC DeLoreans and Lamborghini Countachs, each marking their respective 40th and 50thbirthdays.
Promised as the ‘biggest and best’ ever staged, the very special 30th anniversary edition of The Classic certainly lived up to its weighty birthday billing on all fronts. “After all the lockdowns, and last year’s cancelation, it was wonderful to see the crowds back in force and the pits, paddocks and display areas crammed with so many incredible cars from the glorious past,” effused a delighted Nick Wigley, CEO of The Classic promoter Goose Live Events. “To celebrate the 30th anniversary a year later than planned and to revitalise spirits, we really wanted to pull out all the stops and this year’s Classic was a truly great restorative show.”
A living, moving history Colourful, diverse, joyful, historical – that’s how we can describe the “Traversees de Paris” in classic and vintage vehicles. Organised by the club Vincennes en Anciennes on July 25th, the ‘Crossing of Paris’ once again promised to comprise a rich selection of 700 vehicles of all makes and countries (cars, motorcycles, bicycles, tractors, light commercial vehicles and buses) each more than 30 years old. From 11:30 am, the Terrasse de l'Observatoire de Meudon became the highlight of the ‘Crossing of Paris’ and hosted the traditional picnic right in the middle of the old vehicles.
Saturdays at The Classic are always very special and this year’s was one of the best in the festival’s history with 12 fiercely-fought retro races, record numbers of classic cars on display… plus a new outright lap record. It all added up to more than 15 hours of epic entertainment with reggae chart-toppers Aswad and acid jazz legends The Brand New Heavies sending everyone home happy. The fast and furious track action kicked-off with a full capacity grid of 54 Formula Juniors and a memorable dice for victory between the two 1962 Brabham BT2s of Richard Bradley and Cameron Jackson – Bradley finally took the chequered flag.
Hill’s memorable headline appearance was one of Sunday’s many standout highlights at The Classic. On track no fewer than nine spectacular showdowns provided nine hours of epic entertainment as more than 900 racing icons from motorsport’s golden years renewed their rivalries. In between the packed-programme of thrilling race action, the circuit witnessed a number of record-breaking parades celebrating key motoring milestones.
A decade on from celebrating the Jaguar E-type’s milestone 50th anniversary in record-breaking style at Silverstone, The Classic 2021 will now be saluting the much-loved sportscar’s 60th birthday next summer (30 July – 1 August). As already announced, this summer’s chart-topping ‘Greatest Hits’ racecard will see the return of two spectacular E-Type Challenge showdowns staged on the famous Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. These will now be enhanced by a very special ‘Catwalk’ display spotlighting the evolution of Jaguar’s stunning supermodel plus a special birthday track parade for all E-type owners attending the world’s biggest historic motor racing festival.
With an undiluted love for nostalgia, all those attending The Classic at Silverstone are keen time-travellers and this summer visitors will have some added assistance as they roll back the ages to halcyon days gone by. It is 40 years since the birth of the DeLorean – and that milestone is being marked with a record gathering of DMC-12s for an anniversary display and track parade at this summer’s festival (30 July – 1 August). Retro-fitted with a flux capacitor, Doc Brown’s plutonium-powered scene-stealer immortalised the vehicle, capturing imaginations and transforming the Northern Irish-built coupe into one of the most famous cars in the world.
Hailed as the UK’s friendliest motor show, last weekend’s Bremont Stonor Supercar Sunday (4 July) was the biggest and best yet with more than 400 of the world’s mightiest automotive icons attracting a sell-out attendance. Set in the relaxed atmosphere of the Stonor Park Estate in the rolling Chiltern Hills, this year’s enhanced showcase built on the previous two pre-pandemic successes of 2018 and 2019. The impressive collection of Italian deities – one of the most comprehensive ever assembled – embraced both racing and road versions as well as one of just three 8C coupe models which is currently being recreated using original components.
The London Classic Car Show has been hailed as a massive success by all those who attended the country’s biggest and best classic car gathering for more than a year. With indoor events still severely restricted by protocols, the capital’s premier showcase for discerning classic car owners, collectors, experts and enthusiasts was switched to a new outdoor venue in Syon Park – an inspirational move which provided visitors, traders and car clubs with a very welcome and uplifting opportunity to revitalise passions, businesses and friendships.