Via Iberica 2017

The Pilgrim Rally from Picos de Europa to Santiago de Compostela.

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The Via Iberica will be starting at the Rolls Royce collection founded by Mr. Miguel de la Via. The 45 cars are exhibited in the castle which Mr. de la Via helped reconstruct himself. The collection is not far from the ferry ports from Bilbao and Santander with direct connection to Plymouth and Portsmouth.

The Via Iberica is open for pre-war cars and cars designed before the war.

Over the course of 9 days we will be covering 1750 km over some of the most fantastic roads Spain has to offer. We follow the pilgrim’s road to Santiago de Compostela and stay in the most fascinating Paradors.

The Via Iberica takes a slow pace, allowing for the occasional stop for a picture or a cup of coffee. We spend quite some time discovering the Picos de Europa, admiring this wonderful mountainous formation from every possible angel.

The roads stay friendly even for pre-war cars, traffic is quasi-absent and navigation easy.
After five days we arrive in Santiago de Compostela where we stay in de Parador on the main square, across from the Cathedral where the remains of the apostle St. James are said to be kept.

We have a spare day in Santiago de Compostela so that we can inhale the atmosphere of this ancient city.

The finish is two days driving to the East, at the highest point of the Picos de Europa at Fuente Dé. We suggest that you do not leave immediately but first take the cable car to the top and admire the astonishing sight.

You are not far from Santander or Bilbao where you can take the ferry back to the United Kingdom. For participants from Belgium and Holland we will be considering the possibility of a trucking the cars to the Bilbao airport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday June 3, 2017

 

We suggest that those coming from the United Kingdom take the Portsmouth to Santander ferry. The ferry leaves Portsmouth Friday at 17:00 h and arrives Saturday at 17:30 h.ferry

We can book the Parador in Santillana del Mar, a few kilometers from Santander for you if you wish. This is also the hotel where we stay on Sunday. Let us know.

There are several daily flights from Amsterdam to Bilbao. In consultation with the participants we will offer a truck bringing the cars to the Bilbao airport. The KLM flight from Amsterdam is scheduled to arrive at 16:50 on Saturday.

Alternatively we advise to take the ferry to the UK and take the same ferry as the British participants, it is a nice 24 hours crossing.

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Sunday June 4, 150 km

The prologue to the Via Iberica Pre War will start at the Miguel de la Via Collection between Bilbao (30 km) and Santander (90 km). We will be served a lunch between the many Rolls Royces.

Mr. de la Via not only assembled the largest Rolls Royce collection worldwide. He also rebuild from scratch an ancient castle to house them. This collection deserves more attention and we are happy that the Via Iberica is welcomed by Mrs. de la Via.de-la-via-castle

 

The first night will be spent at the Parador in Santillana del Mar, a village which has been attraction tourist since the 19th century, a few kilometers from Santander.santillana

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Monday June 5: 260 km

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The first day is one to remember. We leave the coast for a great ride through some beautiful natural parks into the Picos de Europa. Fabulous mountain formations. We are in another world, vacation has started.

There are no roads across the Picos de Europa, so when you go into the mountain formation you have to come out over the same road. And that we do not want. So we take the cable car to Bulnes and have lunch there in a splendid setting.

Bulnes-lunch

Back in the valley it is only a small drive to the Parador de Cangas de Onís. The Parador is an old monastery converted to luxury hotel. It has a splendid view on the Picos.

Cangas

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Tuesday June 6: 200 km

We have a pleasant drive, at first along the western side of the Picos de l’Europa. The roads are excellent and deserted (except for the occasional cow), the scenery is vast.

The roads being deserted also means that there are not many people living there. We will be having lunch at a simple but excellent little restaurant. The municipality will be keeping the square free for our machines.

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caldasWe will be staying at the old Thermal hotel near Oviedo. It now doubles as a golf resort.

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Wednesday June 7: 150 km

We have a short day, to make driving an navigation a bit more of a challenge we start with a smaller road gloing directly south. But soon we are back on the main road, made for pre-war cars it seems except for one stretch of down-hill which is quite steep but without major hairpins.

We have lunch in the small city of Vaillablino, if the figure of the chef is an indication, then the restaurant must be excellent.

fishy-chef

This time we will not be staying in a Parador. We will be staying in a beautiful hotel in the little town of Tineo. The staff is very friendly and they are thinking with us so as to make it un unforgettable event for the rally and for the town. That is what makes the Via-rallies so special !

 

 

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Thursday June 8: 220 km

We leave our hotel for some more mountain roads alternated by farmer’s villages. We see many typical barns built in such a way that mice can not get in.

And we have some fantastic driving. In the morning very easy to navigate.

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We suggest you have lunch in the touristic village of Taramundi.

There is an ancient watermill with museum and restaurant which can be visted. The center of town has many restaurants and just outside the village there is an excellent restaurant with a great view.
water-milIn the afternoon we take some smaller roads, navigation gets a challenge but the Spanish farmer is always willing to help you on the way.O-Val-Do-Naseiro-Hotel--

At the end of the day we arrive to our hotel in the countryside but close to the coast.

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Friday June 9: 230 km

Today will be one of the most memorable days. We start for a drive along the coast. Clearly the vegetation is changing. At first we drive through forest, than the vegetation disappears gradually to leave us with a barren moon-like landscape with on one side the silver-blue sea. The cliffs are impressive.

Before we leave the coast we have lunch at a taverna which – supposedly – has the best tortilla’s of Spain. We can only agree that they are excellent.

sea-viewBefore reaching our destination, Santiago de Compostela, we visit an abandoned cloister. Truley impressive how it’s grandeur is left to the environment.

cloisterSantiago de Compostela is a  beautiful and very friendly city and the resting place of St. James, apostle of Jesus Christ. Our Parador is situated on the square next to the cathedral and opposite of the city hall. The parador, Hostal Reis Católocos, dates from the 15e century and used to host the pilgrims who came to see the shrine in the cathedral. We stay two nights in Santiago so that you have all the time to visit the city, its cloisters, the little alleys and the wine bars.

We are allowed to exhibit the cars on the Praza do Obraddiro in front of the Saint James Cathedral and will be dining in the Royal dining rooms of the Hostal dos Reis.royal-dining-room

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Saturday June 10

Enough driving, Santiago di Compostela is for walking.cathedral-santiago-compostela

First of all we will be trying to attend a Botafumeiro ceremony in the Cathedral. But do not miss the old city centre, free of any car but full of small shops and tapas bars. Or visit the Monasterio de San Martin Pinario with the splendid choir.botafumeiro

 

Above all, enjoy the free day. Santiago is a true pearl and one could easily spend a week there, just relaxing.Monasterio

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Sunday June 11: 250 km

After a day of rest in Santiago de Compostela it is time to go on. We now drive East on the South side of the Cordillera Cantabrica mountain range. Mountains covered with cherry and fig trees, slopes dotted with chestnuts, poplars and small farms, surround us.

The first stretch is easy, along the main roads, halfway we stop at a lovely bodega turned restaurant with a fantastic view. We arrived there at 15:30 and could hardly find a place for a simple but excellent lunch.bodega-lunch

Just before arriving at the Parador , those wishing so can visit Las Médulas, a historic site with a stunning landscapes. Las Médulas was a gold mine in Roman times. The Romans used water to destroy the mountain. Water was brought in, high over the mountains, through two aqueducts, 80 and 100 km long!

bierzoOur destination is the Parador Villafranca del Bierzo situated in the wine region of the same name and on the pilgrim road to Santiago.

The Parador is in the little town. We invite you for a glass of wine at a local bodega before leaving you to find one of the many restaurants.

parador-bierzo

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Monday June 12: 285 km

The last day is the longest, highest and most exciting. It is a driver’s day, hardly any navigation. We take a (facultative) detour for yet another gorge.

Even thought the distance is highest, the roads are easy and stay so till the end at an altitude of 1075 meter at Picos de Europa.
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We drive across lake Riano and see the mountains mirroring in the clear water.

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In the midst of the imposing verticality and idyllic scenery of the mountains of Picos de Europa National Park stands parador-fuente-dethe Parador de Fuente Dé, located near this small town’s famous cableway.

 

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Tuesday June 13: 140 km (Santander) - 230 km (Bilbao)

fuente-deWe would not have brought you up to the Picos if it wasn’t for a good reason. The cable car from Fuente Dé is one of the attractions of the mountain range. The view is spectacular, especially early in the morning. We suggest you go up even if it is just for the view. The cable goes up from 1075 tot 1823 meters without any intermediate support. If you have the energy, walk up to the pass (45 min) and the view is even more stunning.fuente-de-waling

picos-view

Fuente Dé is some 140 km from Santander and 230 km from Bilbao.

But of course, you do not want to miss Santander or Bilbao. And if you go to Bilbao, the Guggenheim is not to be missed.

 

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The ferries to Plymouth and Portsmouth leave in the afternoon/early evening of Wednesday. We suggest you take the 21:15 Santander to Plymouth ferry, it is like a mini cruise.

There is a daily KLM-flight (16:55 o’clock) from Bilbao to Amsterdam. In consultation with the participants, we will have a truck picking up the cars at the Bilbao airport. Either on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon.

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Number: 53      Year of manufacture: 1938      Car: Bentley Derby 4.25
Driver
Henk Sonnenberg (NL)
Henk Sonnenberg
Co-driver
Joan Sonnenberg Nauta (NL)
Joan Sonnenberg Nauta
Bentley Derby 4.25 1938
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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: 22      Year of manufacture: 1935      Car: Lagonda M35R
Driver
Roy Callow (UK)
Roy Callow
Co-driver
Brigitte Callow (UK)
Brigitte Callow
Lagonda M35R 1935
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Number: 21      Year of manufacture: 1938      Car: Riley MPH special
Driver
Wouter Panis (B)
Wouter Panis
Co-driver
Eelke Panis (B)
Eelke Panis
Riley MPH special 1938
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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: 1933      Car: Lagonda M45 T7
Driver
Jan Dingemans (NL)
Jan Dingemans
Co-driver
Marleen Dingemans (NL)
Marleen Dingemans
Lagonda M45 T7 1933
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Number: 18      Year of manufacture: 1923      Car: Vauxhall 30/98
Driver
David Biggins (UK)
David Biggins
Co-driver
Penny Morris (UK)
Penny Morris
Vauxhall 30/98 1923
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Number: 16      Year of manufacture: 1934      Car: MG
Driver
Bob Pattison (USA)
Bob Pattison
Co-driver
Julie Fitzsimmons (USA)
Julie Fitzsimmons
MG 1934
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Number: 15      Year of manufacture: 1932      Car: Packard 902 Dual Cowl
Driver
Mark van Leeuwen (NL)
Mark van Leeuwen
Co-driver
Natasja van Leeuwen-Huizer (NL)
Natasja van Leeuwen-Huizer
Packard 902 Dual Cowl 1932
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Number: 14      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: 13      Year of manufacture: 1939      Car: MG L1
Driver
Hans van den Bosch (NL)
Hans van den Bosch
Co-driver
Betty van den Bosch (NL)
Betty van den Bosch
MG L1 1939
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Number: 12      Year of manufacture: 1951      Car: Jaguar Mark V Dropead Coupé
Driver
Louisa van Beuningen (NL)
Louisa van Beuningen
Co-driver
Rimmert Sluiter (NL)
Rimmert Sluiter
Jaguar Mark V Dropead Coupé 1951
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Number: 11      Year of manufacture: 1937      Car: Hudson Tourer
Driver
Cees Willemse (NL)
Cees Willemse
Co-driver
Ingeborg van 't Hof (NL)
Ingeborg van 't Hof
Hudson Tourer 1937
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Number: 10      Year of manufacture: 1936      Car: Railton Fairmile II DHC
Driver
Jan Roosenburg (NL)
Jan Roosenburg
Co-driver
Frans Hora Siccama (NL)
Frans Hora Siccama
Railton Fairmile II DHC 1936
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Number: 09      Year of manufacture: 1937      Car: Alvis Open Tourer
Driver
Tom Gatsonides (NL)
Tom Gatsonides
Co-driver
Rosalie Gatsonides (NL)
Rosalie Gatsonides
Alvis Open Tourer 1937
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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: 1929      Car: Lea Francis Hyper S
Driver
Terkel Ovesen (DK)
Terkel Ovesen
Co-driver
Birgitte Ovesen (DK)
Birgitte Ovesen
Lea Francis Hyper S 1929
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Number: 06      Year of manufacture: 1954      Car: Lancia Aurelia B20
Driver
Nick Marks (UK)
Nick  Marks
Co-driver
Annabella Marks (UK)
Annabella Marks
Lancia Aurelia B20 1954
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Number: 05      Year of manufacture: 1930      Car: Bentley Six
Driver
Roger Goodwin (UK)
Roger Goodwin
Co-driver
Gillian Goodwin (UK)
Gillian Goodwin
Bentley Six 1930
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Number: 04      Year of manufacture: 1931      Car: Frazer Nash Boulogne II
Driver
Ian Maxwell (UK)
Ian Maxwell
Co-driver
Stella Maxwell (UK)
Stella Maxwell
Frazer Nash Boulogne II 1931
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Number: 03      Year of manufacture: 1936      Car: Alvis Speed 25/Labro
Driver
Martin Aaldering (NL)
Martin Aaldering
Co-driver
José Aaldering (NL)
José Aaldering
Alvis Speed 25/Labro 1936
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Number: 02      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: 01      Year of manufacture: 1924      Car: Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Landaulette
Driver
Richard Biddulph (UK)
Richard Biddulph
Co-driver
Charess Biddulph (UK)
Charess Biddulph
Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Landaulette 1924
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The registration for the Via Iberica Pre War 2017, June 4 – 13.

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Rally Details

Included

Start: Sunday June 4
Miguel de la Via Rolls Royce Collection
Bº Concejuelo
48191 Galdames, Bizkaia

Finish: Monday June 12
Parador Fuente Dé
Carretera de Fuente Dé, s/n,
39588 Camaleño, Cantabria

  • A Maximum of 28 crew
  • Nine nights in excellent hotels.
  • Seven dinners.
  • Seven lunches.
  • Technical assistance.
  • Raidillon watch for the winners.
  • Via Flaminia jacket.
  • Roadbooks, rallyshields etc.
  • Large size commemorative book by photographer Wico Mulder.

Entry fee

 

€ 5.950, – when fully payed before April 1, 2017.

Update (you are on top of the list for the best rooms): € 500, –

 

 

Total kilometers

 

Total rally kilometers: 1750

 

 

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Main Sponsors

 

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Participating sponsors

 

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