Rally Round Newsletter – April 2019

Trans-Himalayan Adventurers on the ‘Roof of the World’ What a week it’s been! After years of intense planning and preparation, we are excited to report that the crews and team are now on their epic Trans-Himalayan Adventure through China, Tibet, Nepal and India. You are the first to hear the news of their adventures and can keep up-to-date with regular reports here, on the Rally Round Facebook page and on our website. Some crews are tackling the route in vintage vehicles, whilst others are in their own 4x4s.

Some crews are tackling the route in vintage vehicles, whilst others are in their own 4x4s.


These intrepid crews are supported by our experienced team which includes two altitude experienced Doctors, two exhibition leaders who have all worked in the Himalayas and 4 incredible mechanics who have been at altitude with us in South America. Cars and crews have acclimatised well to their stunning surroundings and are enjoying their adventure to the full. Highlights of the route include Chengdu, the cosmopolitan City in West China and the Pandas, the ancient monasteries, the incredible city of Lhasa and ancient Kingdom of Guge in far west Tibet which rarely sees western visitors. Having successfully conquered numerous high passes above 4,500 metres, the teams are now enjoying some well-earned rest days. Some crews have opted for the ultimate adventure and will be camping off road in central Tibet, before ascending and descending the Ji Long Pass over the Himalayan Range into Nepal and then 4 final passes into Kathmandu for a big party. We wish everyone best of luck with their endeavours and look forward to reading their updates. Here are some impressions of their journey so far…

Please contact us at info@rallyround.co.uk or call the office on +44 1252 794 100 to register your interest in future events. We look forward to hearing from you…

Period Adventure Paris-Biarritz For those adventurers amongst you who prefer to stay closer to home and wish to test their skills in a more competitive regularity rally, our Paris-Biarritz Rally 2019 offers the perfect opportunity. In this 6-day event Fred Bent’s exciting route takes us through stunning France and Spain to explore mountain roads of a different kind. Our start hotel, the sumptuous Trianon Palace Hotel in Versailles, has just been awarded 5-star status and will provide the perfect historic backdrop for the chequered flag on 16th September 2019. To secure your place on this popular event suitable for rally novices and experts, please contact the office or give us a call.

Flight of the Condor 2019 As promised in our February Newsletter, the Recce Report for our Flight of the Condor Rally is available to download here to give you a flavour of what this sizzling rally through Colombia, Peru and Ecuador has to offer. En route you’ll visit famous sites such as Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines, spend time in the Amazonian forest and experience some of the world’s greatest roads, driving across awesome deserts and over 4,500-metre passes in the Andes. We already have some great entries for this event. From the UK, Jonathan and Karen Turner have yet to decide what car they will bring while their friends Simon Arscott and Deborah Lloyd are torn between a couple of 4.5-litre Bentleys. Also Bentley-powered are Marco Rollinger and Marianne Hengesch from Luxembourg in a 4.5 Le Mans, while Joshua Bruner of the USA has entered a 1964 Porsche 356C Cabriolet. Australians Steve and Ruth Lambert will be driving their faithful 1935 Ford Sedan Fordor, and their compatriots Bruce Power and Jill Robillard are bringing a 1939 Chevrolet Business Coupe. If you would like to join them simply contact the rally office by telephone, email or the Enquiry button on the webpage. We look forward to hearing from you!

Novice Training Day hailed a success Our Novice Training Day in the New Forest was a great success. Most of the delegates arrived at the hotel in time – despite the thick fog in the morning, which soon lifted to give way to stunning sunshine in time for the practical part which was scheduled after lunch. Trainees were happy to put theory into practice following the route Kim had set out in their training road book, taking turns to try their hand at driving and navigating. As the day came to a close, many chose to stay and chat with their fellow rally goers comparing notes and discussing their new skills. You can find out more about the day here.

Vintage Rallying Guide for Novices and Experts If you’re thinking of trying vintage and classic car rallying but are not sure where to start, then this book on vintage and classic car rallying is for you. In this guide you will discover the difference between Regularity and Jogularity, the importance of knowing who is ‘God 1’, what a ‘Sweep’ is, and why you must never forget your Poti! In addition to providing you with an essential jargon-buster, you will also discover top rally tips, how to prepare both yourself and your car, what you MUST do before the event, and what you must NEVER forget on the day. An Introduction To Vintage and Classic Car Rallying is available to order online for just £13.50 plus postage and packaging – so let the adventure begin.

And finally… The Rally Round website is the go-to place for information and updates on all our events.

After a face-lift and upgrade, it is now faster and more user-friendly with easy access to enquiry forms, brochures, regulations, entry lists and everything else you need to know about our forthcoming events, such as the Maharajah Marathon, the Odyssey Italia II in 2020 and Pure Mongolia and Rally Round Africa II in 2021. And if you have any any questions, the Rally Round team are always happy to help.

We are available on +44 1252 794 100 or by email to info@rallyround.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you… Namaste! Liz, Kim, Nikki & Sandy

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