Rallies

Photos, event coverage, news and information on vintage and classic car road rallies, including Mille Miglia, Tour Auto, California Mille, among others.

Flying Scotsman Rally 2014 – Report

Winning Bentley Super Sports of William Medcalf and navigator David Kirkham

The 2014 running of the Flying Scotsman Rally was staged 4-6 April starting out from the Forest of Arden in Warwickshire, England. Despite heading further north for this year's rally, it was a team from the south of the UK that went on to win the three-day, 600-mile event, after a ferocious battle for the lead. Driver William Medcalf from Liss, West Sussex, and navigator David Kirkham from Ruislip, Middlesex, … [Read more...]

California Mille 2014 Information

1960 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spyder Veloce driven by Nigel Hart and Ronald Talley (Photographer Bob Ross)

The 2014 running of the California Mille will take place April 27th to May 1st over 1,000 miles of twisty back roads in California Gold Country. The 24th annual event, a motoring tribute to Italy’s most-famous open road race, the Mille Miglia (thousand mile), will begin with a free car show atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill on April 27 followed by a four-day back roads adventure. Some 77 entrants from four foreign … [Read more...]

Tour Auto Rally 2014 – Report and Photos

1957 OSCA 372 FS

The Tour Auto Rally 2014 was held April 7-12 on the secondary roads and race circuits of France. Since 1992, the retrospective of the Tour de France Automobile race followed the French secondary roads along a handpicked itinerary. Renewed each year, the route for the 2014 Tour Auto Optic 2ooo was concentrated to the east of France. After the traditional start in the Grand Palais, in which the cars were displayed for … [Read more...]

Ferrari 250 GTO at 2014 Ennstal-Classic

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO s/n 3527GT

A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO will be among the featured entries at the 2014 Ennstal-Classic, scheduled for 9-12 July in Austria. The three-day rally in the Alps is open to interesting and sporting cars built before 1973. Within the first 20 years of the Ennstal-Classic, cars like the pre- and postwar Mercedes Silver Arrows, the Jaguar C- and D-Type as well as the Porsche 917 could be admired at the Ennstal-Classic, … [Read more...]

1970 SAAB 96 Rally – Car Profile

1970 SAAB 96 Rally

By Leigh Dorrington World Rally Champion Sebastian Ogier’s victory in the 2014 Monte Carlo Rally in a Volkswagen Polo R was Ogier’s first at Monte Carlo and the first for Volkswagen. First victories in the world’s oldest and most famous rally have lifted countless drivers to prominence—and presaged record-breaking motorsport success to come for manufacturers including Mini, Lancia and Audi. Another example of … [Read more...]

Winter Marathon Rally 2014 – Report and Photos

Porsche 356 at Winter Marathon Rally 2014

The Winter Marathon Rally 2014 was held 24-27 January at Madonna di Campiglio in the Dolomites of Italy. A field of nearly 130 historic car teams challenged this year's reliability trial that was a difficult combination of cold weather, snowy conditions and lots of curves. Giuliano Cane and Lucia Galliani won the 26th annual Winter Marathon in their 1938 Lancia Aprilia, with the crew from Bologna winning the … [Read more...]

Small Car, Huge Win – 1964 Monte Carlo Rallye Profile

Paddy Hopkirk and Henry Liddon in the Mini Cooper at the Rallye Monte Carlo 1964

It is now 50 years since one of the most spectacular victories in the history of international motor sport. On 21 January 1964, the Mini Cooper S won the Monte Carlo Rally for the first time. It was the pairing of Northern Ireland’s Patrick "Paddy" Hopkirk and his co-driver Henry Liddon that pulled off the big surprise, resisting the supposed superiority of significantly more powerful rivals in their small British … [Read more...]

BMW Classic at 1000 Millas Sport 2013

BMW 328 Kamm Coupe

The 25th edition of the 1000 Millas Sport was held November 14-16, 2013, starting and finishing in Bariloche, Argentina. South America’s foremost classic car rally consisted of more than 130 historic sports cars -- spanning eight decades of automotive history -- that challenged over 1000 miles of some of the most stunning roads in the world. … [Read more...]

Record Set for Pre-War Car Across America

Rod Wade and co-driver Michael Flanders with their 1930 Ford Model A on the road at dusk

Rod Wade and co-driver Michael Flanders established a new world record for driving a pre-war car across the United States, with their 1930 Ford Model A traversing from New York to Los Angeles in 50 hours and 20 minutes. Australians Rod and Michael began the 3,000 miles journey in their Ford Model A at Staten Island at 00:01am on Friday November 22nd with the aim of reaching Venice Fishing Pier in around 60 hours, … [Read more...]

East African Safari Classic Rally 2013 – Report and Photos

Stig Blomqvist / Staffan Parmander, Porsche 911

The East African Safari Classic Rally 2013 was held November 21-29, starting and finishing in Mombasa on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast. The biennial rally saw more than 60 teams battle 4,100 kilometres (2,550 miles) of terrain that included the original sections used on this event's famed predecessor, the East African Safari Rally. When 1984 World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist's Porsche 911 and the Ford Capri V8 of … [Read more...]

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2013 – Report and Photos

1904 Mercedes on 2013 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2013 was held Sunday, 3rd November in London, with nearly 400 pre-1905 vehicles celebrating the 117th anniversary of the original November 1896 Emancipation Run. For the first time, the field of entrants was headed by a trio of legendary racing Napiers. Although examples of these early competition cars have participated in the past, never have three lined up together, thus … [Read more...]

Rallye Sunseeker Historique 2013 – Report and Photos

Mini Cooper at 2013 Rallye Sunseeker Historique

The Rallye Sunseeker Historique 2013 was staged 18-19 October on the south coast of England in Poole, based at the waterfront venue of the RNLI College. This year's event served as the final round of the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship. Victory in Category 2 of the 2013 Rallye Sunseeker Historique gave Richard Hill and Pat Cooper the overall Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship title in … [Read more...]

Mille Miglia 2014 Taking Shape

1927 BNC 527 Monza

The 2014 Mille Miglia will be held 15-18 May on the historic secondary roads of Italy, running from Brescia to Rome and then back again. Next year's race will see more than 400 historical automobiles celebrating the legendary Mille Miglia endurance road race and the beautiful Italian way of living. Several changes will be implemented for the 32nd annual retrospective, aimed at enhancing the race and offering new … [Read more...]

La Festa Mille Miglia 2013 – Report and Photos

1951 Bandini 750 Sport, La Festa Mille Miglia 2013

La Festa Mille Miglia - What's in a name? Report and photos by Len Clarke Japan's premier historic rally, La Festa Mille Miglia reverted to its original name in 2013, having run under the La Festa Autunno banner in 2011 and 2012. This year's running took in more than 1,100kms (700 miles) of competitive stages traversing the Kanto plain, west of Tokyo, held 18-21 October. As can be expected, the quality of … [Read more...]

Tour Auto Rally 2014 Information

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta

The Tour Auto 2014 will be staged April 7th to 12th along the secondary roads and racing circuits of France. The 23rd annual rally will see more than 200 automobiles compete against one another over four race circuits and nine stages on closed roads. Since 1992, the retrospective of the Tour de France Automobile race follows the French secondary roads along a handpicked itinerary. Renewed each year, the route for … [Read more...]