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The next running of this event is scheduled for April/May 2016
The Portuguese Ambassador to the UK, his Excellency Mr. João de Vellera flagged off over fifty classic cars on Saturday April 27th from Greenwich, London, on a 2386-mile rally to Lisbon.
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The 2013 edition of the famous London-Lisboa rally attracted entries from across the world, with participants from the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, the USA and Mexico.
The drivers, many of them hardened rally veterans but also a number of first timers, drove an average of 200/250 miles a day through England, France, Spain and Portugal before they arrived in Lisbon on May 5th, where Her Excellency Mrs Jill Gallard, the British Ambassador to Portugal received the crews and officially stoped the clocks alongside the Deputy Mayor of Lisbon, Mr Manuel Brito, on the famous Praca do Commercio.
The rally also attracted a complete cross section of famous classics ranging from a 1930 Austin 7 Ulster to a 1930 Riley Brooklands 9HP, a 1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud and a 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, amongst others.
The route included some of the best scenery in England, France, Spain and Portugal. Route:
- Day 1: Saturday 27th April – Greenwich (London) to Portsmouth (United Kingdom)
- Day 2: Sunday 28th April – Saint Malo to Poitiers (France)
- Day 3: Monday 29th April – Poitiers to Pau (France)
- Day 4: Tuesday 30th April – Pau to Burgos (Spain)
- Day 5: Wednesday 1st May – Burgos to Leon (Spain)
- Day 6: Thursday 2nd May – Leon to Ourense (Spain)
- Day 7: Friday 3rd May – Ourense to Vila Real (Portugal)
- Day 8: Saturday 4th May – Vila Real to Caramulo (Portugal)
- Day 9: Sunday 5th May – Caramulo to Lisbon (Portugal)
- Total miles: 2,386 / Total regularities: 25 / Tests: 14
The London – Lisbon Classic Reliability Trial and Tour starts on the 27th April 2013 from Greenwhich London .
Open to cars made before 31st December 1983. Whether your passion is for the competitive Reliability Trial or the less demanding Classic Car Tour, you will experience wonderful roads, stunning scenery, a warm welcome, good food, and good company along the way.
As with previous London – Lisbon events, there will be two starting points. The second being in France where continental starters will be able to join up with the UK crews on for a competitive run through France and into Northern Spain.
Entrants can expect to cover 200/250 miles per day with the route taking crews from Saint Malo to Poitiers then onto Pau before crossing the boarder into Spain. Continuing through the Picos de Europa to Leon staying overnight at Burgos on the way. From there onto Ourense and Vila Real before arriving at the hill climb at Caramulo. From there it is a scenic driveprior to a re group and the final leg, in convoy, into Lisbon.
Competitors on the Reliability Trial will encounter Regularity and Navigation Sections allowing both crew members the chance to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Northern Spain and Portugal. You will also have a chance to test your manoeuvrability skills on driving tests at some of the best kart circuits in Europe.
Crews looking for a less demanding motoring holiday are invited to take part in the Classic Car Tour. Led by a dedicated Tour Marshal, you will be able to take a shorter route enabling you to linger at places of interest. Your goal will be to visit the main controls at the start and finish of each day’s leg, and to join the Trial crews for lunch.
The entry fee includes accommodation and evening meals, lunch on each day of the event, welcome and prize giving dinners, ferry crossing for UK starters, roadbook, map-book, regalia, numbered door and rally plates and event souvenirs.
For those without a suitable car, the HERO Arrive and Drive program can help. HERO Assist mechanics will also be in attendance on the event to help anyone who encounters mechanical problems.