The Via Flaminia was initiated in 2004, the first rally taking place in 2005. Initiator is Bart Kleyn. After many years of classic rallying Bart decided that it was time to combine his love for Italy with the passion of classic cars and classic rallying.
Previously Bart did study Molecular Sciences at the Agricultural University of Wageningen and he did a PhD in Oncology/Hematology at the University of Virginia. More recently Bart managed a small Biotech investment fund.
The first Via Flaminia in 2005 had 30 participating cars, most notable a Lamborghini 350, a Ferrari 250 and 4 Flaminia Convertibles.
Over the years the Via Flaminia has grown in popularity, in 2009 two editions where held and in 2011 a Pre War edition was added.
Participants have been coming from all continents. One of the Pre War participants suggested holding a version for people from Hong Kong and other Asian countries. This resulted in the Via Flaminia Cinquecento with (modern) Fiats Abarth Convertibile.
Peaks of the Atlas Morocco
Taking the challenge further Bart organised the Peaks of the Atlas, a two weeks rally in Morocco with Pre Wars (2013)
From the first days on Pieter Struijk has been a loyal assistant. In his daily life Pieter is running his own company. Pieter sees the Via Flaminia as a way to indulge in some completely different situations while using his excellent social skills.
Martin van Riemsdijk
More recently Martin van Riemsdijk has been joining the team. Martin is a retired army Colonel. Martin’s technical military expertise comes in handy during breakdown.
On certain rallies Medical Doctor and Photographer Wico Mulder is joining in order to give the needed medical assistance and of course for taking pictures during the rally.
Bert van den Dool
For seven years film producer and cameraman Bert van den Dool had his own car show on Dutch TV. He is now filming some of the Via Flaminia rallies.
For many years Kurt has been rallying Pre War cars around the world and 5 time participant of the Via Flaminia. He came up with the idea to bring people from oversea to Italy provide them a sporty toy and lot of fun. The result was the very successful VF 500 2014.
Altena Classic & Rally Services
The assistance for the Pre War rallies is provided by Altena Classic & Rally Services. Altena has been providing rally assistance in rallies in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe.