Peaks of the Caucasus

The quest of the Golden Fleece

Together with the ministry of Transport and the TBC bank, the largest bank of Georgia, we are working on a unique adventure.

Georgia is an ancient country; its civilization goes back to the Persian en Greek empires. Its western name was given by the Crusaders after St George, in Georgia they call their country “Sakartvelo”.

Ancient Greek legends tell of a fabulously wealthy land where Jason and the Argonauts stole the Golden Fleece. It was a distant land that was reached by the Black Sea and down the River Phasis. Nowadays we refer to it as Georgia.

A journey into humanity and kindness. A gem between Europe and Asia and a place you will not regret visiting. This is what people who have visited Georgia tell, it leaves a massive impact on any traveller.

Georgia is a beautiful country shaped by rugged mountains, rivers, valleys and meadows. This amazing country lies in the middle of Caucasus region and has unspoiled natural beauty to complement its unique culture.

The highest peak of Europe can be found here, the Mount Elbrus which rises to a height of 5,642 metres. To sum it up there are more than seven five-thousanders in the greater Caucasian Mountain range.

It is not only the landscape, which will grasp you. It is the combination with the unique culture, the cuisine and the warmth of tis people.

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Introduction

Please have a look below for a day-by-day explanation of the rally.

The Economist’s ‘1843’ magazine, reprinted in The Week.

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Monday Oktober 1

Direct flights by Georgian Airways from Amsterdam (17:15) and London (06:35) arrive in Tbilisi.

Alternatively you can take a Turkish Airlines or Ukrainian Airlines flight the next day.

We will be picking you up at the airport. It is only a 2- to 30 minutes ride to the comfortable design hotel in Tbilisi.

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Tuesday October 2. Tbilisi

Those not arriving with Georgian Airlines are asked to take a flight arriving in the morning. In the afternoon we are brought to the customs depot where our cars are waiting. We are escorted back to our hotel. We have our first dinner together.

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Wednesday, October 3. Tbilisi – Vardzia, 230 km

The economy is prospering, so even in Tbilisi they have something we would call rush hour. We are escorted out of town towards the secondary road westwards. Soon all traffic disappears; we are in the hills leading to the lower Caucasus. The hills make place for high planes reminiscent of Tibet, not much vegetation, sparse cows who choose the road to ruminate and a series of lakes that mirror the sky.

It is at one of these lakes that we will be having our lunch at a trout nursery.

We continue our journey into the lower Caucasus and drive close to the border with Armenia. We pass a medieval castle and arrive at our lovely hotel.

From the swimming pool we have a great view to the cave dwellings, which we will be visiting the next day.

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Thursdsay, October 4. Vardzia – Borjomi, 110 km

In the morning we visit the cave dwellings at Vardzia dating back to the 12th century. The cave-monastery once consisted of 6000 apartments over 13 floors.

We will be going back to the hotel for a lunch on the terrace.

In the afternoon we drive via Akhalkalak through the mountains to our destination Borjomi.

Borjomi is a lively tourist resort, known for its healing water. We will be staying in the comfortable Crown Plaza.

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Firday, October 5. Borjomi – Tskaltubo, 200 km

From Borjomi, while going west, we cross the watershed. From now on the rivers will be flowing into the Black Sea. We drive further into the Caucasus. It never becomes steep and the roads are mostly excellent.

The mining town of Sachkhere is more a homage to the Soviet model citizen. Lenin and Stalin still cohabit here. The mining complexes are out-dated but many of the cable cars are still in operation today.

We end the day with a special stage at the former Kutaisi Airport.

The Hotel in Tskaltubo is good but misses any special charm. We will be staying two nights here.

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Saturday, October 6. Tskaltubo – Tskaltubo

After a short drive we come to the Prometheus Cave. We have all seen magnificent caves but this one is something special so we felt obliged to include it.

We continue our road, at first the road is easy, bordered with lakes but soon we climb ferociously up the Caucasus. The road is steep, the hairpins tight but the asphalt is fresh. We reach the top and immediately we go down, we pass an artificial lake and drive through gorges towards the test of the day, on another airport.

After lunch we continue our trip back to our hotel. But before reaching the hotel we have a hill climb to e beautifully restored monastery.

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Sunday, October 7. Tskaltubo – Tbilisi, 260 km

We have now seen the west side of the country and will now be heading towards the eastern province of Kakheti.

We take the smaller roads through fields and villages towards Gori. In Gori the people still honour a man who helped “shape” the Soviet Union. It is quite interesting to see how a museum can be dedicated to all the triumphs of Joseph S.

We assemble in the old capital Mtskheta for a police escort in town.

We are welcomed by the city-officials with a drink on the Major square in town, Freedom Square.

We stay in the very comfortable and trendy Rooms Hotel.

Monday, October 8. Tbilisi

We have a well-deserved free day in Tbilisi. The centre of the old town is actually quite lively with many bars and restaurants. The city is absolutely safe and it is very pleasant to walk around.

A cable car brings you to the castle overlooking the city.

Tuesday, October 9. Tbilisi – Sighnaghi, 170 km

Kakheti is definitely the touristy region; it has everything, desert, high mountains, wineries and lakes.

We start towards the David Geraja monastery on the Azerbaijan border. The monastery is partially rock hewn. And the setting is just something special.

From there we hope to get the necessary support from the government to cross the semi-desert and the Kataryeli Range of mountains.

Most of the tracks are easy to drive except for some river beddings which can even be an obstacle just after heavy rains. Some of the river beddings do have scares vegetation and are the habitat of a great variety of birds.

Once through the semi-desert we drive again a comfortable road surrounded with cultivated fields and wine ranks.

From the low lands we climb to our destination for the night, the lovely little town of Sighnagi.

Wedenesday, October 10. Sighnaghi - Lopota, 210km

We go back down into the valley where, at first, we drive south in a scarcely populated area, most of the road has recently been asphalted, we drive on the edge of what can be cultivated, huge irrigated fields alternate arid soil. On the way back we drive along the river that separates Georgia from Azerbaijan.

We continue our way into the Tusheti region, the lands becomes increasingly fertile and we pass many wine fields. We stop at a winery for a lunch and we visit the wine museum. The Georgian wine making goes back 6000 years, way before the west discovered this technique. We will learn everything about this traditional way of wine making which is still in use today.

 

 

We drive a small distance to our hotel at the Lopota Lake.

 

Wednesday and Thursday, October 11 and 12. Lopota – Omalo - Lopota, 165 km

One of the most remote regions in Georgia is Tusheti, on the Chechnya and Dagestan border; high in the mountains.

Unfortunately it is absolutely impossible to drive the road with a pre-war car. We do really need a 4×4. And since the road and scenery are so exceptional, we would not want you to miss out on it. We rent sixteen 4×4’s for half of the group and helicopters for the other half. While the first half drives up, the second half flies over the mountains to the Omalo village, high in the Caucasus. The next day, the first group flies down, while the second drives back towards the comfortable hotel at the Lopota Lake.

This is truly the most dangerous road in Europe. The weather is a factor to take into account. It is thus very well possible that we cannot make it by 4×4 and/or helicopter. Unfortunately this is something we can not plan.

 

Saturday, October 13. Lopota – Kazbegi, 230 km

We cross the valley and drive in the gentle mountains of the Tbilisi National Park, the forest is lush with the occasional village and the roads are nice to drive, with gentle curves. Once on the military highway, dating back, dating back to the 18the century, traffic becomes more intense with lorries transiting between Armenia and Russia, the road is excellent and still being improved.

Passed the ski resort of Gudauri the road and scenery start to become really exceptional.

 

Sunday, October 14. Kazbegi – Tbilisi, 135 km

The last day, the rally was planned in a way so that the finish would coincide with the wine festivities at Chateau Mukhrani.

Chateau Makhrani is one of the most prominent wine houses of the country and the most prominent people of Georgia are invited to be part of this yearly wine festival.

We will be picking grapes, making wine the traditional way and being the guest of honour at lunch and dinner.

We leave our cars at the premises to be picked up the next day for shipping home. Meanwhile we take a bus back to our hotel in Tbilisi.

Monday, October 15.

We are brought to the airport for our flight home. The Direct connection with Amsterdam leaves at 6:30 a.m. (2017 time table)

The direct flight to London leaves at 19:35.

Alternatively, Turkish Airlines and Ukrainian Airlines do have frequent flights to Tbilisi.

Number: 51 Year of manufacture: 1927 Car: 4.5 litre Bentley
Driver
Richard (UK)
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Number: 50 Year of manufacture: 1922 Car: Bugatti T23
Driver
Luc Hanegreefs (BE)
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Number: 49 Year of manufacture: Car:
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Peter Driessen (NL)
Peter Driessen
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Nina Driessen (NL)
Nina Driessen
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Number: 48 Year of manufacture: Car: Rolls Royce
Driver
Kurt Dichterli (AU)
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Number: 47 Year of manufacture: 1928 Car: 4 1/2 litre Bentley
Driver
Richard Farr (UK)
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TBA ()
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Number: 46 Year of manufacture: 1927 Car: Sunbeam Supersports
Driver
Thomas Treul (AT)
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Co-driver
Ewgeni Smuschkovich (AT)
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Sunbeam Supersports 1927
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Number: 45 Year of manufacture: 1927 Car: Rolls Royce Phantom 1
Driver
Richard Biddulph (UK)
Richard Biddulph
Co-driver
Charess Biddulph (UK)
Charess Biddulph
Rolls Royce Phantom 1 1927
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Number: 44 Year of manufacture: 1939 Car: Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Da Corsa
Driver
David Geysen (NL)
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Co-driver
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Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Da Corsa 1939
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Number: 43 Year of manufacture: 1913 Car: Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
Driver
Roland Duce (UK)
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Number: 41 Year of manufacture: 1924 Car: Bentley 3/4,5 liter
Driver
Henk Olij (NL)
Henk Olij
Co-driver
Ginem Olij (NL)
Ginem Olij
Bentley 3/4,5 liter 1924
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Number: 40 Year of manufacture: 1948 Car: Jaguar MK IV DHC
Driver
Jacques Uitewaal (NK)
Jacques Uitewaal
Co-driver
Sylvia Uitewaal (NL)
Sylvia Uitewaal
Jaguar MK IV DHC 1948
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Number: 39 Year of manufacture: 1935 Car: Bentley 4 ¼ l
Driver
Juan Pascual (SP)
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Co-driver
Carmen Haro (SP)
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Number: 38 Year of manufacture: 1931 Car: Ford model A tourer
Driver
Gerry Acher (UK)
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Co-driver
Joyce Acher (UK)
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Number: 37 Year of manufacture: 1921 Car: Stutz 6l Open tourer
Driver
Henk Noteboom (NL)
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Co-driver
Adri Noteboom (NL)
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Stutz 6l Open tourer 1921
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Number: 36 Year of manufacture: 1914 Car: 1914 RR Silver Ghost, London-Edinburgh
Driver
Neville Jordan (NZ)
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Co-driver
Bruce McIlroy (NZ)
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Number: 35 Year of manufacture: 1934 Car: Bentley Derby Dale
Driver
Rob Jeurissen (NL)
Rob Jeurissen
Co-driver
Jeanne Jeurissen (NL)
Jeanne Jeurissen
Bentley Derby Dale 1934
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Number: 34 Year of manufacture: 1933 Car: Lagonda 3 1/2 litre T Type Tourer
Driver
Harm Altena (NL)
Harm Altena
Co-driver
Els de Bruin (NL)
Els de Bruin
Lagonda 3 1/2 litre T Type Tourer 1933
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Number: 33 Year of manufacture: 1930 Car: Bentley Le Mans Special
Driver
Arthur Brouwer (NL)
Arthur Brouwer
Co-driver
Harry Koorstra (NL)
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Bentley Le Mans Special 1930
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Number: 32 Year of manufacture: 1935 Car: Bentley 3,5 l Derby
Driver
Herman de Jong (NL)
Herman de Jong
Co-driver
Vera de Jong (NL)
Vera de Jong
Bentley 3,5 l Derby 1935
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Number: 31 Year of manufacture: 1925 Car: Chrysler B70 type Six Pheaton
Driver
Cees Willemse (NL)
Cees Willemse
Co-driver
Ingeborg van 't Hof (NL)
Ingeborg van 't Hof
Chrysler B70 type Six Pheaton 1925
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Number: 30 Year of manufacture: 1931 Car: Bentley 8ltr
Driver
Bert Kersten (NL)
Bert Kersten
Co-driver
Alie Kersten (NL)
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Bentley 8ltr 1931
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Number: 29 Year of manufacture: Car: Alvis 12/50
Driver
Chris (UK)
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Co-driver
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Number: 28 Year of manufacture: 1934 Car: Wolseley Hornet Special Tickford Coupé
Driver
Terkel Ovesen (DK)
Terkel Ovesen
Co-driver
Birgitte Ovesen (DK)
Birgitte Ovesen
Wolseley Hornet Special Tickford Coupé 1934
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Number: 27 Year of manufacture: 1924 Car: Bentley 3/4.5
Driver
Dominic Manser (UK)
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Co-driver
Jack Manser (UK)
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Bentley 3/4.5 1924
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Number: 26 Year of manufacture: Car: Sunbeam 25hp
Driver
Michael Power (UK)
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Co-driver
Ros Wild (UK)
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Number: 24 Year of manufacture: 1922 Car: Vauxhall 30-98
Driver
Kelvin New (UK)
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Co-driver
Jesscia New (UK)
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Number: 23 Year of manufacture: 1929 Car: Rolls Royce Phantom
Driver
Frank Leeman (NL)
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Co-driver
Hetty Leeman (NL)
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Rolls Royce Phantom 1929
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Number: 22 Year of manufacture: 1938 Car: Frazer Nash BMW 327 cabrio
Driver
John Noble (UK)
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Co-driver
Jean Noble ()
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Frazer Nash BMW 327 cabrio 1938
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Number: 21 Year of manufacture: Car: WWII military vehicle.
Driver
Lang Kidby (AUS)
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Co-driver
Bev Kidby (AUS)
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Number: 20 Year of manufacture: 1933 Car: Talbot 105 Alpine Tourer
Driver
Wouter Panis (B)
Wouter Panis
Co-driver
Peter Panis (B)
Peter Panis
Talbot 105 Alpine Tourer 1933
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Number: 20 Year of manufacture: 1934 Car: Lancia Augusta
Driver
Wim Peters (B)
Wim Peters
Co-driver
Nel Peters (B)
Nel Peters
Lancia Augusta 1934
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Number: 19 Year of manufacture: 1926 Car: Bentley Three Litre Red Label VdP tourer
Driver
Christian Philippsen (MC)
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Co-driver
TBA ()
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Bentley Three Litre Red Label VdP tourer 1926
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Number: 18 Year of manufacture: 1930 Car: Racing Green Bentley speed 6 special
Driver
Harry Vernooij (NL)
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Co-driver
TBA ()
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Number: 17 Year of manufacture: 1928 Car: Lanica Lambda
Driver
Bert Degenaar (NL)
Bert Degenaar
Co-driver
Hugo Modderman (NL)
Hugo Modderman
Lanica Lambda 1928
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Number: 16 Year of manufacture: 1935 Car: Lancia Augusta GS Ghia
Driver
Riccardo Aspesi (I)
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Co-driver
TBA ()
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Lancia Augusta GS Ghia 1935
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Number: 15 Year of manufacture: 1934 Car: Lagonda M45R
Driver
Howard Belm (UK)
Howard Belm
Co-driver
Christopher Taylor (UK)
Christopher Taylor
Lagonda M45R 1934
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Number: 15 Year of manufacture: Car: SS100 Jaguar 3,5 ltr.
Driver
Hans ten Bärge (NL)
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Co-driver
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Number: 14 Year of manufacture: 1935 Car: Lagonda Rapier Tourer
Driver
Hamish McIntosh (NZ)
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Co-driver
TBA ()
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Number: 13 Year of manufacture: 1935 Car: Riley-Sprite
Driver
Bernd Dannenmaier (D)
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Co-driver
Christiane Dannenmaier (D)
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Number: 12 Year of manufacture: Car: Talbot 105
Driver
William Balfour (UK)
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Co-driver
Carrie Balfour (UK)
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Number: 11 Year of manufacture: Car: Alvis 12/50
Driver
Daniel Geoghegan (UK)
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Co-driver
TBA ()
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Number: 10 Year of manufacture: 1932 Car: Packard 2+2 Coupe
Driver
Francois Feller (LU)
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Co-driver
TBA ()
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Number: 09 Year of manufacture: 1922 Car: Vauxhall 30/98
Driver
Robert Frankcom (UK)
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Co-driver
Julia Frankcom (UK)
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Number: 08 Year of manufacture: 1934 Car: Tatra 75 Sodomka, Cabriolet
Driver
Rolf Furrer (CH)
Rolf Furrer
Co-driver
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Tatra 75 Sodomka, Cabriolet 1934
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Number: 07 Year of manufacture: 1931 Car: Packard 8 cylinders coupe cabriolet
Driver
Miguel Cases (SP)
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Co-driver
TBA ()
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Packard 8 cylinders coupe cabriolet 1931
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Number: 06 Year of manufacture: 1921 Car: Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
Driver
Nick Channing (UK)
Nick Channing
Co-driver
Ruba Jordi (UK)
Ruba Jordi
Rolls Royce Silver Ghost 1921
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Number: 05 Year of manufacture: Car: Lagonda LG45
Driver
Macko Laqueur (NL)
Macko Laqueur
Co-driver
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Lagonda LG45
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Number: 04 Year of manufacture: 1935 Car: Alvis Speed Specia
Driver
Ron van 't Schip (NL)
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Co-driver
TBA ()
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Alvis Speed Specia 1935
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Number: 03 Year of manufacture: 1938 Car: Alvis Speed 25
Driver
Willem Vermeulen (NL)
Willem Vermeulen
Co-driver
Ellen Vermeulen (NL)
Ellen Vermeulen
Alvis Speed 25 1938
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Number: 02 Year of manufacture: 1914 Car: 25/50HP Argyll
Driver
Daniel Ward (UK)
Daniel Ward
Co-driver
Toby Ward (UK)
Toby Ward
25/50HP Argyll 1914
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Number: 01 Year of manufacture: Car: Bugatti T 46
Driver
Bob Meijer (NL)
Bob Meijer
Co-driver
Mamuka Khazaradze (GE)
Mamuka Khazaradze
Bugatti T 46
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