Via Flaminia Classic up 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.

You will be finding your car at the airport of Bari (or Brindisi). It is only a short trip to the hotel in Lecce where the rally will start the next morning. We will be staying two nights in this comfortable grand hotel in the centre of the historic town. Lecce is a Baroque masterpiece of southern Italy. Sometimes described as the ‘Florence of the Baroque’ or the ‘Rome of the South’.

The second day we leave 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.

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.

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 second rally, which will be held from May 27 – June 2 will only hold a Tour Class.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday May 27: 190 km

We start with an easy day; 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. We have the evening off and discover this beautifull city with its many restaurants.

 

 

 

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

 

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Tuesday May 29: 200 km

From Matera we drive north-west. We leave the lush valley, which reminds us, so much of Tuscany for the more arid planes. 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.

Again 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 accommodations.

Castello di Bovino
71023 Bovino
Tel.: +39 0881912015

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Wednesday May 30: 280 km

We are definitely south, the roads are long, no industry just the occasional shepherd. We make some long driving stretches along mountains, in national parks and along rivers. We drive towards Sulmona.

Sulmona is a regional town with some claim as to be a tourist destination with its 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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Thursday May 31: 230 km

We leave Sulmona via the Superstrada, 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.

The Gran Sasso plains where one of the two inspirations to start the Via Flaminia series of rallies in Italy. Some compare its vastness to Tibet, some compare its plains to Scotland. Fact is that it remains 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.

I always wanted to stay in Trevi but for some reason the Via Flaminia never stayed in this typical Umbrian hill-perched town. We stay in two hotels in the centre of the old town (there is only an old town). The cars will be displayed in the city square (and guarded during the night).

 

 

 

Hotel Il Terziere
Via Coste, 1
06039 Trevi (PG)
Tel.: +39 0742 78359

 

 

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Friday June 1: 270 km

Our last day brings us to hotel Palazzo Loup, beautifully set in the hills south of Bologna on the Mille Miglia route over 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.

Around Perugia we take the Via Flaminia to make some quick ground, in the afternoon it is rallying as we are used to; small undulating roads. We will not be taking the Futa pass to our hotel. We leave it to the Mille Miglia with its hundreds of participants, we take smaller and much nicer roads north.

 

 

 

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Saturday June 2

It is only 175 km from Palazzo Loup to the motorail. The train will be loading in the afternoon, so you have time to visit one of the many car museums in the region.

The motorail will bring you back to Düsseldorf. From there it is a relatively short drive to the ferry or chunnel to England.

Number: 07 Year of manufacture: 1984 Car: Bentley Continental
Driver
Walter vd Berg (NL)
Walter vd Berg
Co-driver
Dorine vd Berg (NL)
Dorine vd Berg
Bentley Continental 1984
Participated in :
Number: 06 Year of manufacture: 1973 Car: Lancia Fulvia Zagato
Driver
Niels van Wijk (NL)
Niels van Wijk
Co-driver
Linda van Wijk (NL)
Linda van Wijk
Lancia Fulvia Zagato 1973
Participated in :
Number: 05 Year of manufacture: 1972 Car: porsche 911 E
Driver
Ton Tuijten (NL)
Ton Tuijten
Co-driver
Ilmar Hotsma (NL)
Ilmar Hotsma
porsche 911 E 1972
Participated in :
Number: 04 Year of manufacture: 1983 Car: Peugeot Monte Carlo 504 Cabriolet Pinanfarina
Driver
Peter Aarts (NL)
Peter Aarts
Co-driver
Nanette Aarts (NL)
Nanette Aarts
Peugeot Monte Carlo 504 Cabriolet Pinanfarina 1983
Participated in :
Number: 03 Year of manufacture: 1964 Car: Janguar E-type
Driver
Nico Cortlever (NL)
Nico Cortlever
Co-driver
Letty Cortlever (NL)
Letty Cortlever
Janguar E-type 1964
Participated in :
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: 1960 Car: Chevrolet Corvette
Driver
Erik van Welzen (NL)
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Co-driver
Ineke van Welzen (NL)
no photo available yet

Chevrolet Corvette 1960
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Rally Details

Included

Start: Sunday May 27
Patria Palace
Piazzetta Riccardi, 13
73100 – Lecce

Finish: Saturday June 2
Hotel Loup
Via Santa Margherita, 21
40050 Loiano (BO)

A maximum of 30 crew

  • Seven nights in excellent hotels.
  • Five dinners.
  • Three or four lunches.
  • Technical assistance.
  • Special prize for the winners.
  • Via Flaminia clothing.
  • Roadbooks, rallyshields etc.

Entry fee

Car shipping

Booking fee

Registration for the first 16 entries: € 2.750, –
Upgrade (you are on top of the list for the best rooms): € 240, –

Registration for the consecutive 8 entries: € 2.950, –
Upgrade (you are on top of the list for the best rooms): € 300, –

Registration from entry position 25 on: € 3.200, –
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:

One way to Bari: € 700, –

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

 

To Düsseldorf by motorail:

Starting at € 620, – (car and 2 passengers, 2017 price)

Total kilometers

Train details

Total rally kilometers: 1600

From Bari Airport to the first hotel (start): 150 km

From Brindisi Airport to the first hotel (start): 35 km

From the finish hotel to the motorail in Verona: 175 km

Saturday June 2:
Departure at Verona 17:05 (loading starts at 14:30)
Arrival in Düsseldorf 07:30 (next day)

 

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Launching sponsors

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