COVID-19 RESPONSE: We take the safety of participants and risk of spreading infection very seriously. We have postponed our 'The Craic' rally around Ireland from May 2020 to May 2021 and this will have a knock-on effect: the Mycenaean-Minoan Rally moves from April 2021 to April 2022, and the Scottish Islands & Highlands Rally from May 2022 to May 2023. Currently all other events are scheduled to proceed as planned, but we continue to monitor the situation and will take further action if required. Stay safe, everyone...
Our INTERNATIONAL RALLIES for specific types of car on Original 1950s Rally Routes are UNIQUE:
Read the most recent independent report on one of our events, the very competitive 2019 Liège-Brescia-Liège for Triumph TRs, here (CLICK)
In July 2020, all models of MG will have a chance in a lifetime to enjoy our legendary Liège-Brescia-Liège Rally
and in September 2020 we will take microcars under 700cc to the Pyrenees on Micro Marathon 2020!
On May 9-22, 2021 we will take Jaguar XKs & E-types (plus a few complementary classics) to circumnavigate Ireland on The Craic...
July 2021 will be the turn of Porsche, the most successful marque on the historic Liège rallies, to tackle Liège-Brescia-Liège 2021
October 2021 will see Triumph TRs exclusively rallying in the Pyrenees and northern Spain on Rally TR Pyrenees.
In Spring 2022, we will take all classic cars to Greece, Kefalonia & Crete on the Mycenaean-Minoan Rally...
And in May 2023, we will take Jaguar XKs and E-types on a brilliant new adventure, visiting up to 21 Scottish islands on the Islands & Highlands Rally.
If you would like more information on any of these events, or if you would like YOUR marque to be chosen for future years, let us know: Click here to email us for more info.
Please note regular updates and latest news can be found on our FACEBOOK page: see you there!
Micro Marathon 2020
SEPTEMBER 11-21, 2020: Microcars to the Pyrenees!
For classic microcars under 700cc (with a core category of pre-1959 sub-500cc as in the 1958 Liège-Brescia-Liège Rally) this promises to be a huge fun event, starting in Toulouse and finishing close-by in Carcassonne, but heading first north-west through the French Pyrenees (including such classic climbs as Port de Bales, Col du Tourmalet and Col d'Aubisque), before crossing into Spain and dropping down to the Atlantic coast at beautiful San Sebastian - then turning inland to La Rioja and many beautiful, deserted roads and ancient towns and castles in north-east Spain. We hit the Mediterranean at historic Tarragona, before heading north to the Pyrenees again, via Andorra and more classic cols, castles and gorges as we make our way to a triumphal entry into historic Carcassonne.
A separate category is open to pre-war cars under 1000cc
MG Liège-Brescia-Liège 2020
JULY 8-19, 2020: MGs pre-war and post to the Dolomites!
NB: If the current virus outbreak makes LBL2020 impossible, it will be postponed to a future date
Britain's best-loved sports cars follow the original Liège-Brescia-Liège route - but not flat out as in the 1950s, this time it's split up over 10 days, with fine hotels, interesting visits, great camaraderie and a day off in beautiful Ljubljana.
Now's your chance to compete against fellow MG owners, on historic rally routes in stunning Alpine scenery, with fascinating visits and great hotels along the way. This is a unique opportunity, the only rally ever run exclusively for MGs!
You can read daily reports of past events on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LBLRallies
The route for Liège-Brescia-Liège 2020 runs from Liège to Liège via Karlsruhe, Misurina, Ljubljana, Carezza, Brescia, Merano, Bernried and Bretten, with lots of navigational challenges, interesting visits and fun circuit tests along the way.
If you would like to compete, email us now for the Regulations and Entry Form!
Rally TR Pyrenees 2021
OCTOBER 8-18, 2021: it's the turn of the TRs!
Following the great success of the TR Register Liège-Brescia-Liège 2019, we are delighted to announce the second competitive rally exclusively for Triumph TRs - a range of cars with a fantastic history of international competition, from TR2 to TR8.
For the TRs, there will be 9 days of driving, with half-days off in San Sebastian, Morella and Tarragona. Now's your chance to compete against fellow TR owners, on historic rally routes in stunning scenery, with fascinating visits and great hotels along the way.
Entries are already flooding in, including famous works rally cars of the 1950s and 1960s, plus cars from as far afield as USA. We can accept a maximum of 30 entries, so... Get your Entry Form and Regulations, and get your name on the list -
email us now!
The route for Rally TR Pyrenees 2020 runs from Toulouse to Carcassonne, via St Girons, Luz St Sauveur, San Sebastian, La Rioja, Mora de Rubielos, Morella, Tarragona and Andorra, with lots of navigational challenges, interesting visits and fun circuit tests along the way. Read what competitors said about the last event HERE...
In July 1958, 54 pioneers in 27 tiny cars set out from Liège in Belgium in a brave attempt to prove that the new breed of tiny-engined cars, made popular by the Suez crisis two years earlier, were not just toys but could do everything their bigger sisters could do – and much more economically.
The schedule was staggering. Cars would leave Belgium on Thursday evening, travel all night through Germany, cross the Alps via Austria then head east through the Dolomites into Yugoslavia, tackling many notorious loose-surfaced mountain passes on the way. Still without stopping except for fuel and snatched refreshment, they would turn around at Ljubljana and return through the Dolomites to tackle Europe’s most challenging mountain pass, the Stelvio, descending south to Brescia.
There, the cars went into parc fermé, meaning they could not be worked on, for eight hours while the crews had a little rest (assuming, of course, that they arrived on time – none did) before heading back north up the Gavia pass and down the Stelvio, then up over the Alps, Austria and Germany, back to Liège, arriving Sunday evening. That’s over 2000 miles of flat-out driving, averaging well over 30mph through three nights in tiny cars with engines as small as 250cc. Just 13 of the 27 starters made it...
For 2008, we created a celebration rally over the exact same route (right), for the same cars plus slightly later cars in the same spirit up to 700cc. 54 - double the number in the original rally - started from Liege on July 11, 2008, navigating from Michelin maps provided and quickly learning our innovative route checking system that ensures you follow the correct route, or pick up penalties for taking the wrong roads...
This was no easy cruise - torrential rain through Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy and Slovenia added to the strain on the first four days, but crews and cars rose to the challenge. The sun finally joined us in Ljubljana and stayed with us to the end of the rally. Cars that could have been eligible for the original event competed in 250/350/425/500cc classes in the Authentic category; slightly later and larger engined cars competed in 425/500/600/700cc classes in the Spirit category.
"Fantastic", "unforgettable", "wonderful", "the best rally ever" and "a life changing event" are just some of the many tributes that have been paid by competitors on the 2008 event...
See the LBL08 page for full results and more photos.
On July 11-22 2018, the Liège-Brescia-Liège Rally took 10 days (plus a day off mid-event in lovely Ljubljana) to follow the same route as in 1958, 60 years after the original rally, and was enjoyed by significantly more microcars than took part in the original 1958 event. This touring event covered approximately 200 miles (330km) each day, with competitive tests on private tracks in Italy and Germany combined with sheer endurance to establish worthy winners. Crews plotted the route on Freytag & Berndt and Michelin maps from the original list of place names, adding navigation to the challenge. Further interest was added by visits to the impressive BMW Museum at Munich, the charming Boxenstop Museum at Tubingen, the fascinating motor museum at Engstingen, the newly revamped Automuseum Wolfegg, housed in a magnificent castle in Germany, and the stunning Schloss Lichtenstein...
In 2019, it was the turn of Triumph TRs, who took the rally to their hearts more than any before and made it the most competitive - and fun - event we've ever run. See the photos here and read the TR Register's own report on the rally here.
For 2020, it will be the turn of the MGs - and for 2021, Porsches. We will stay at the very best hotels along the route. In Brescia, we will stay in the spectacular Villa Fenaroli Palace (below) - we believe that classic car rallying should be challenging, but there is no need for roughing it: at the end of a hard day's driving, navigating and sight-seeing, we want to see you relax and enjoy yourselves! See the Links page for all the hotels we use, and some we have used in the past.