Via Flaminia Classic 2018 May

Going South

Puglia has always been tempting the organization of the Via Flaminia. Now, after 13 years we go to this region, which is full of history, culture, cuisine and wonderful nature.

Puglia is in the south of Italy, the heel of Italy’s boot. The region is not one of Italy’s traditional tourist destinations, but it is becoming increasingly popular as travellers discover the area’s varied charms: baroque towns, white-washed trulli houses, olive groves and orchards, blue sea and beaches, plenty of sunshine and excellent cuisine.

We will have two separate rallies, which succeed each other, one from Verona to Puglia and one back. In the meantime a truck will come and do the exchange of cars; bringing the cars for the rally back north and picking up the cars that just finished the rally. In this way we save a lot of cost.

We strongly suggest that you add a few days to the rally to discover Puglia, just rent a small car and discover the many towns and regions we had to skip.

We also offer the possibility to go by motorail to Verona for the start of the first rally or back from Verona after the second rally.

After disembarking the motorail we meet those coming by own means at the Lamborghini museum. This is where the actual rally starts. The first night is in the hills above Bologna along the Mille Miglia route.

From here we drive into Tuscany and Umbria, we pass the ever so impressive Gran Sasso with planes reminiscent of Tibet. We stay in comfortable and characteristic hotels often in little towns.

Close to Puglia, in Basilicata, we stay in two “Palazzi” in the historic centre of Matera. The town is famous for its cave dwellings, the “sassi”. As the town expanded, new streets were often constructed on the rooftops of other houses and it is this ‘layering’ that has created the extraordinary images for which Matera has become famous.

In Puglia we stay two nights in the centre of Lecce. Lecce is a Baroque masterpiece of southern Italy. Sometimes described as the ‘Florence of the Baroque’ or the ‘Rome of the South’.

As always, the Via Flaminia is a layback rally where the competition serves the atmosphere, winning is not a goal on itself. Those who want to have a stop for a coffee can do so. No time constraint. The classification is done via navigation and the competition for the last place is sometimes fierce.

In order to attract younger participants we have devised a discount formula. For every year that the sum of the driver and navigator is smaller than 100; they get a discount of 1% (with a maximum of 20%). (NB: Only the year of birth counts in reference to the year 2018).

Moreover, for every two years that they are younger than 100, they can bring in a car that is one year younger than 1974. Of course this does not count for the pre-war edition.

The May rally, which will be held from May 19 – 26 will hold a Sport Class as well as a Tour Class.

The Sport Class drivers will get roads, which are slightly more difficult to find, which are not as well maintained and some more kilometres.

On both rallies there is availability for 30 classic cars up to 1974.

Saturday May 19: 180 km

Those who have their car trucked to the airport of Bologna have a 25 km drive to the restaurant next to the Lamborghini museum. It is there that we meet those coming by own means. We start with our first delicious Italian lunch before visiting the museum. After the visit we are free to start our route to the first hotel perched high in the mountains above Bologna.

Palazzo Loup is beautifully set in the hills south of Bologna on the Mille Miglia route to the Futa pass. We have been a few times to this lovely hotel and each time the reception by the owner and his staff is exhilarating. Ladies, be aware, the owner might take you on a sight seeing tour.

 

 

Sunday May 20: 270 km

We will not be taking the Futa pass since the Mille Miglia might be taking it. We take smaller and much nicer roads south. In the morning it is rallying as we are used to in the Via Flaminia; small undulating roads. In the afternoon we take the Via Flaminia around Perugia and quickly win some ground on the way south.

We have passed through Bettona many times with the Via Flaminia. It is only recently that I discovered that there is an excellent hotel right in the middle of this little Umbrian town.

 

 

 

 

Monday May 21: 230 km

We continue south on the Via Flaminia before going east towards the Abruzzi and the Gran Sasso.

The Gran Sasso was one of the reasons to start the Via Flaminia in Italy. Some compare it with Tibet, for others the high planes are more reminiscent of Scotland. Fact is that it is breath-taking, even after 14 years of Via Flaminia.

In the middle of the plains, between wild horses and mountains, we have a wonderful barbecue.

We leave the Gran Sasso via a large series of hairpins and find ourselves on fertile plains. For the last stretch to Sulmona we take the Superstrada, or SS as it is called in Italy.strada, or SS as the Italians like to call it. After a large series of hairpins we find ourselves on the high planes of the Gran Sasso.

Sulmona is a regional town with some claim as to be a tourist destination with tis Roman aqueduct. We stay in the centre of this typical town in several delightful hotels. The owner of the principal hotel is truly helpful and proud of his hotel and happy to make us feel welcome.

 

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Tuesday May 22: 280 km

We leave the provincial town of Sulmona for the more desolated part of Italy, we are definitely going South. We make some long driving stretches along mountains, in national parks and along rivers. The region is getting more and more desolate, no industry whatsoever, only sheep and goat shepherds.

We enter Puglia to our destination for the night, one of the most beautiful towns of Italy, the Bovino castle only has 5 rooms but the little town acts as an “albergo diffuso” with many very good accomodations. This is Italy like we know it from the black and white movies.

 

Castello di Bovino
71023 Bovino
Tel.: +39 0881 912 015

 

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Wednesday May 23: 260 km

From Bovino we drive south-east. We will try to arrange a visit to the car factory in Melfi, one of the most modern and largest plants in the world where the Fiat 500X and the Jeep Renegade are assembled.

Our destination is the truly fascinating Matera, one of the most interesting, unusual and memorable destinations in Italy. Matera is famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts, the sassi. Of course we will not be staying in caves. We stay in two very nice “Palazzi”.

 

 

 

 

 

Palazzo Gattini
Piazza Duomo, 13
75100 Matera (MT)
Tel.: +39 0835 334 358

Palazzo Viceconte
Via S. Potito, 7
75100 Matera (MT)
Tel.: +39 0835 330 699

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Thursday May 24: 190 km

Driving into Puglia is as driving into another world, from the arid planes we seem to drive into Tuscany, the hills are pleasant and lush. The only giveaway may be the stone walls along the road which remind of Scotland.

A visit to Puglia would not be complete without a visit to the Trulli in Alberobello. The town has become quite touristy so we will not be staying there overnight. We will park our cars at the start of the main walking street and have lunch in a traditional restaurant.

We drive on east between stonewalled roads towards Lecce. After the massive tourism in Alberobello this gothic town is a relief. It has the atmosphere of a provincial Italian town. It shows all its passed grandeur in its buildings. We stay in a comfortable hotel in the centre of town.

We will be spending two nights here.

 

 

 

Patria Palace
Piazzetta Riccardi, 13
73100 Lecce (LE)
Tel.: +39 0832 24 5111

 

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Friday May 25: 190 km

The last day navigation is essentially easy; we drive to the coast and there we keep on “left” where possible. The scent of the sea and the Mediterranean trees fills our nose. We feel free and on vacation.

We drive along beaches and through villages, all the southern Italian way, we pass the most southern point of Puglia and have lunch at the beach.

Tired and satisfied as we are we take the main road back to our hotel in Lecce for the price awarding ceremony.

 

 

 

Patria Palace
Piazzetta Riccardi, 13
73100 Lecce (LE)
Tel.: +39 0832 24 5111

 

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Saturday May 26

While you are in Puglia we suggest you stay a few extra days.

A trailer will be getting your car at the Bari Airport 150 – mostly highway kilometres – from Lecce.

As of summer 2017 Transavia leaves there at 14:55 to Amsterdam but many other airlines serve Bari.

If we manage to get a trailer fully filled, then we will also offer Brindisi, only 35 km away from Lecce and served by Ryanair. The flight to Eindhoven leaves at 19:35 (summer 2017 schedule).

Number: 30 Year of manufacture: 1977 Car: Porche 911
Driver
Marc Schuurkes (NL)
Marc Schuurkes
Co-driver
Ada de Jong (NL)
Ada de Jong
Porche 911 1977
Participated in :
Number: 29 Year of manufacture: 1969 Car: Mercedes 280 SL
Driver
Henk van der Zwan (NL)
no photo available yet

Co-driver
TBA ()
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Participated in :
Number: 28 Year of manufacture: 1974 Car: Mercedes 450sl
Driver
Toon Mans (NL)
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Co-driver
Katja Mans (NL)
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Mercedes 450sl 1974
Participated in :
Number: 27 Year of manufacture: 1963 Car: Ford Galaxy
Driver
Michiel Campagne (NL)
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Co-driver
Karen Campagne (NL)
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Participated in :
Number: 26 Year of manufacture: 1965 Car: Porsche 356
Driver
Frans van Maarschalkervaart (NL)
no photo available yet

Co-driver
TBA ()
no photo available yet

Porsche 356 1965
Participated in :
Number: 25 Year of manufacture: 1958 Car: Corvette
Driver
Rob Rappange (NL)
Rob Rappange
Co-driver
TBA ()
no photo available yet

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Participated in :
Number: 24 Year of manufacture: 1970 Car: Mercedes 280 SL
Driver
Roel van de Wiele (B)
Roel van de Wiele
Co-driver
Francisca Burgi (B)
Francisca Burgi
Mercedes 280 SL 1970
Participated in :
Number: 23 Year of manufacture: 1970 Car: Mercedes Benz 280 SE
Driver
Peter Driessen (NL)
Peter Driessen
Co-driver
Nina Driessen (NL)
Nina Driessen
Mercedes Benz 280 SE 1970
Participated in :
Number: 22 Year of manufacture: 1963 Car: Austin Healey
Driver
Marc Verloo (B)
Marc Verloo
Co-driver
Anne Ghys (B)
Anne Ghys
Austin Healey 1963
Participated in :
Number: 21 Year of manufacture: 1973 Car: Porsche 914
Driver
Jeroen Hoep (NL)
Jeroen Hoep
Co-driver
Monique Hoep (NL)
Monique Hoep
Porsche 914 1973
Participated in :
Number: 20 Year of manufacture: 1965 Car: Jaguar MK2
Driver
Dick de Regt (NL)
Dick de Regt
Co-driver
Bas de Regt (NL)
Bas de Regt
Jaguar MK2 1965
Participated in :
Number: 19 Year of manufacture: 1972 Car: Mercedes SL 350
Driver
Maarten Fiijan (NL)
Maarten Fiijan
Co-driver
Henny Fijan (NL)
Henny Fijan
no photo available yet
Participated in :
Number: 18 Year of manufacture: 1974 Car: Porsche 914
Driver
Leen 't Hoog (NL)
Co-driver
Barry van Leeuwen (CND)
Barry van Leeuwen
Porsche 914 1974
Participated in :
Number: 17 Year of manufacture: 1961 Car: MG-A
Driver
Wietse Groenink (NL)
Wietse Groenink
Co-driver
Ineke Groenink (NL)
Ineke Groenink
MG-A 1961
Participated in :
Number: 16 Year of manufacture: 1955 Car: Austin Healey 100/4 BN1
Driver
David John Twaites (CH)
David John Twaites
Co-driver
Henriette Twaites-Baum (CH)
Henriette Twaites-Baum
Austin Healey 100/4 BN1 1955
Participated in :
Number: 15 Year of manufacture: 1964 Car: Austin Healey 3000 MK III
Driver
Freek Koopmans (NL)
Freek Koopmans
Co-driver
Wilma Koopmans (NL)
Wilma Koopmans
Austin Healey 3000 MK III 1964
Participated in :
Number: 14 Year of manufacture: 1968 Car: Jaguar E-type Serie 1,5 OTS
Driver
Egbert Dijkstra (NL)
Egbert Dijkstra
Co-driver
Liesbeth van Galen (NL)
Liesbeth van Galen
Jaguar E-type Serie 1,5 OTS 1968
Participated in :
Number: 13 Year of manufacture: 1968 Car: Mercedes 250 SL
Driver
Bert Spies (NL)
Bert Spies
Co-driver
Joke Spies (NL)
Joke Spies
Mercedes 250 SL 1968
Participated in :
Number: 12 Year of manufacture: 1953 Car: Jaguar XK 120 DHC
Driver
Jan-Dirk Hageman (NL)
Jan-Dirk Hageman
Co-driver
Martine Hageman (NL)
Martine Hageman
Jaguar XK 120 DHC 1953
Participated in :
Number: 11 Year of manufacture: 1974 Car: Alfa Romeo Spider 2000
Driver
Eric Barenbrug (NL)
Eric Barenbrug
Co-driver
Lucienne Samuels (NL)
Lucienne Samuels
Alfa Romeo Spider 2000 1974
Participated in :
Number: 10 Year of manufacture: 1964 Car: Jaguar E-type
Driver
Paul Koeton (NL)
Paul Koeton
Co-driver
Linnet Cortlever (NL)
Linnet Cortlever
Jaguar E-type 1964
Participated in :
Number: 09 Year of manufacture: 1964 Car: Studebaker Avanti
Driver
Herman Blaak (NL)
Herman Blaak
Co-driver
Peter Blaak (NL)
Peter Blaak
Studebaker Avanti 1964
Participated in :
Number: 08 Year of manufacture: 1969 Car: Porsche 911 E
Driver
Dirk Bellekens (B)
Dirk Bellekens
Co-driver
Carine Verbist (B)
Carine Verbist
Porsche 911 E 1969
Participated in :
Number: 07 Year of manufacture: 1964 Car: Alfa Romeo 2600 Touring Spider
Driver
Frank van Min (NL)
Frank van Min
Co-driver
Jacqueline van Min (NL)
Jacqueline van Min
Alfa Romeo 2600 Touring Spider 1964
Participated in :
Number: 06 Year of manufacture: 1970 Car: Mercedes 280 SL
Driver
Stan Lowette (B)
Stan Lowette
Co-driver
Mimi Thijs (B)
Mimi Thijs
Mercedes 280 SL 1970
Participated in :
Number: 05 Year of manufacture: 1974 Car: Alfa Romeo Spider
Driver
Johan Schoenmaker (NL)
Johan Schoenmaker
Co-driver
Hille Ypma (NL)
Hille Ypma
Alfa Romeo Spider 1974
Participated in :
Number: 04 Year of manufacture: 1969 Car: Jaguar E-type
Driver
Tony Stevens (B)
Tony Stevens
Co-driver
Emma van de Paer (B)
Emma van de Paer
Jaguar E-type 1969
Participated in :
Number: 03 Year of manufacture: 1968 Car: Mercedes 280SL
Driver
Niek van Helden (NL)
Niek van Helden
Co-driver
Marian van Helden (NL)
Marian van Helden
Mercedes 280SL 1968
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Number: 02 Year of manufacture: 1966 Car: TR4A IRS
Driver
Bram van Rosmalen (NL)
Bram van Rosmalen
Co-driver
Fenneke van Leijden (NL)
Fenneke van Leijden
TR4A IRS 1966
Participated in :
Number: 01 Year of manufacture: 1964 Car: Fiat 1500 Cabriolet
Driver
Anton van Burken (NL)
Anton van Burken
Co-driver
Inge van Burken (NL)
Inge van Burken
Fiat 1500 Cabriolet 1964
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Rally Details

Included

Start: Saturday May 19
Lamborghini museum

Finish: Saturday May 26
Patria Palace
Piazzetta Riccardi, 13
73100 – Lecce

  • A maximum of 30 crew
  • Seven nights in excellent hotels.
  • Five dinners.
  • Three or four lunches.
  • Technical assistance.
  • Special prize for the winners.
  • Roadbooks, rallyshields etc.

Entry fee

Car shipping

Booking fee:

Registration for the first 16 entries: € 2.850, –
Upgrade (you are on top of the list for the best rooms): € 240, –

Registration for the consecutive 8 entries: € 3.050, –
Upgrade (you are on top of the list for the best rooms): € 300, –

Registration from entry position 25 on: € 3.300, –
Upgrade (you are on top of the list for the best rooms): € 300, –

Discount: 1% for each year that the sum of the age of both participants is smaller than 100.
(Whole years as compared to the year 2018).

Trucking of your car from NL to Bologna:

One way to Bologna Airport: € 480

Trucking of your car to Holland:

One way from Bari: € 700, –

One way from Brindisi: € 780, – (only for 7 or 8 cars)

 

Total kilometers

Train details

Total rally kilometers: 1650

From the disembarkation of the motorail to the start: 120 km

From the finish hotel to Bari Airport: 150 km

From the finish to Brindisi Aiport: 35 km

Friday May 18:
Departure at Düsseldorf station 18:36 (loading starts 16:00)
Arrival in Verona 09:00 (next day)


 

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Participating sponsors

 

Launching sponsors

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