27 August to 26 September 2023
Three countries, crossing 38 lines of latitude in 30 days and one unforgettable journey. Pack your determination, competitive spirit, and sense of true adventure.
Alaska & USA, Canada and Mexico
Alaska to Mexico Marathon – Daily Dispatch
Day 30 La Paz – Cabo San Lucas 228km
When we left a chilly and damp Anchorage more than four weeks ago, some of us thought that today would never come given what lay ahead. But time marches on in lockstep with a long-distance rally, and today we crossed into the Tropic of Cancer and finally saw the chequered flag in a very warm Cabo San Lucas.
The engines and their cooling systems were working hard today under another sweltering sun, and two alternators just couldn’t take any more. Stephen and Samantha Hardwick’s Datsun was one, and Steve and Ruth Lamberts Ford was the other. However, thanks to Jamie Turner and Russ Smith’s box of spares, both cars were quickly back on the road.
Thankfully the rest of the Rally enjoyed a largely uneventful, but impressive run through the hills of the Sierra de La Laguna and devoured a last Mexican lunch at Las Terrazas del Cortés before pulling into the palm-fringed grounds of the Hacienda Del Mar and under the finishing arch. A five-piece mariachi band and chilled margaritas set the tone for the evening, with the crews being joined by family and friends who had flown in to help celebrate.
For the first Rally the Globe Marathon event, it was somehow fitting that we also have two maiden winners.Manuel and Irene Dubs who clinched the overall prize and first place in the vintage category, having driven around the world in cars of all shapes and sizes for many years. They have also enjoyed some notable success but, it’s their first win with Rally the Globe and they proved to be very popular victors. Other than a couple of minor mechanical hiccups, their 1940 Ford Coupe behaved impeccably and, with Manuel’s driving prowess and Irene’s mastery of the navigation they were the crew to beat from the very beginning.
By comparison, Ean and Alison Lewin are relative newcomers to the long-distance rallying game. After knocking on the door of the winner’s enclosure more than once – and with an agonising near miss for second place in Istanbul – today, they sealed the deal without recourse to the age of the car rule. And, with a neat symmetrical twist to this tale, it was Mike and Lorna Harrison who today had to settle for third. By way of compensation though, Lorna took an award for the best navigator. Both winners were obviously delighted and after soaking the rest of the rally with a couple of bottles of bubbly, began thinking of rearranging their trophy cabinets.
Manuel said that “consistency was the key to winning. We tried to stay on the same level every day whether it was a Test or a Regularity and this approach paid off. I like to drive difficult gravel roads through interesting scenery and with Irene’s navigational skills we make a great team. We’re delighted to take the overall prize – a first for us and to win the prewar category as well”. “When we signed up as members of Rally the Globe they asked me what I wanted to achieve and, I replied that I wanted to be at least one second quicker than Graham Goodwin, we have achieved that today and we’re very pleased”.
Ean and Alison couldn’t hide their delight either and said that since they began their endurance rallying journey with Rally the Globe way back during the Yorkshire Cloverleaf. They’ve had an amazing time, stating “it’s nice to get this win nailed down, we’ve done seven events now and we’ve been close a few times. To win the post-war category of RtG’s first Marathon event is absolutely awesome. This company takes you to places that you’d never get into otherwise, and Fred’s black book gets us into some amazing venues”
As well as the overall awards there were some discretionary prizes handed out and the Spirit of the Rally went to Tim Eades for never giving up and eventually bringing his son Patrick to fill the spare seat. The Against All Odds trophy was scooped by Brian and Catherine Scowcroft for getting their old Chevy to the end after an electrical fire, brake failure and several steering issues.
Finally, Fred Gallagher thanked everyone for being such good sports – and the winners for their few short words – and then reeled off a few statistics for us. “We’ve driven over 12,000km through three countries and across 38° of latitude and have seen a low of 4°c with a high of 44°c – and this morning in Anchorage the temperature was 1°c. Natural disasters set a few traps for us in the build-up to the event, but luck was on our side and despite the reroutes for the Canadian forest fires and the aftermath of Hurricane Jova, we only lost a total of 300km of the original route”.
Finally, as Tony Brooks and Simon Spinks have birthdays today we thought we’d organise a little get-together for them, a few friends with some nice cars, tucked away in a little hotel somewhere ….. many happy returns.
Days 15 – 21
Video highlights from the Alaska to Mexico Marathon
Day 30. La Paz - Cabo San Lucas 228km
|No.||Participants Name||Vehicle||CC||Year||Day Total||Overall Total||Category Pos.||Class Pos.|
|2||Graham & Marina Goodwin||Bentley 4½ Le Mans||4500||1927||0:00||4:58||1||3|
|16||Manuel & Irene Dubs||Ford Coupe||3619||1940||0:00||3:00||1||1|
|21||Mike & Lorna Harrison||Volvo PV544||1800||1959||0:00||4:06||1||2|
|25||Neil & Thomas Smith||Sunbeam Tiger||4700||1964||15:00||5:18||1||1|
|37||Michael & Anne Wilkinson||Holden HK||4100||1968||0:00||6:23||1||4|
|41||Stephen & Samantha Hardwick||Datsun 240Z||2800||1970||0:00||6:35||1||5|
|48||Ean & Alison Lewin||Ford Escort RS1600||1985||1973||0:00||3:28||1||1|
|4||David Roberts & Jo Roberts||Chrysler 75 Roadster||4078||1929||0:00||5:06||2||4|
|9||Andrew & Ann Boland||Ford V8 Convertible||3600||1936||0:00||4:50||2||2|
|28||Steve & Jenny Verrall||Porsche 911||1991||1965||0:00||5:20||2||3|
|32||William Shields & Alex Schoenauer||Chevrolet Camero||5700||1967||0:00||23:11||2||17|
|39||James Grayson & Simon Spinks||Ford Escort Mexico Works||1760||1969||0:00||7:35||2||7|
|53||Danny Day & Matthew Bryson||Pontiac Trans Am||5735||1975||0:00||7:22||2||6|
|3||Keith & Norah Ashworth||Bentley 4½ Le Mans||4500||1927||0:00||8:27||3||6|
|12||Richard Turner & Nigel Lee||Ford Model 62 V8||3700||1938||0:00||6:34||3||5|
|31||Roy & Rachel Stephenson||Ford Mustang||4700||1965||15:00||16:29||3||20|
|34||John Henderson & Jeff West||MG BGT||1800||1968||0:00||8:03||3||8|
|40||Carl Helmetag & John Houck||Volvo 131||1986||1970||0:00||14:17||3||14|
|56||Michael Kershaw & Christopher Mallett||Range Rover||3500||1981||0:00||8:24||3||9|
|1||Clint Smith & Martin Jones||Bentley 3/4½||4500||1925||0:00||34:14||4||10|
|14||Tony Rowe & Mark Delling||Ford DeLuxe V8 91A Coupe||3600||1939||0:00||14:56||4||7|
|24||Phillip & Lynda Blunden||Holden EH Special||2930||1964||0:00||8:54||4||10|
|38||Steven & Midori Hitchins||Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350||5000||1968||15:00||9:59||4||30|
|44||Otakar Chladek & Jindriska Zemlickova||Mercedes-Benz 350 SL||3500||1971||0:00||12:48||4||13|
|54||Fritz & Gabriele Kozka||Porsche 924||1950||1978||15:00||1:31||4||22|
|5||Lee Harman & Steve Krippaehne||Ford Model A Victoria||2000||1931||0:00||37:57||5||13|
|7||Stephen & Ruth Lambert||Ford Fordor 48 Sedan||2743||1935||0:00||19:39||5||8|
|22||Stephen Partridge & Corgi La Grouw||Ford Galaxie||6400||1961||0:00||33:56||5||31|
|27||Claudine Bloom & Andrew Twort||Volvo Amazon 120||1780||1965||0:00||9:50||5||11|
|45||Thomas Stern & Frank Bertram||Porsche 924||2000||1972||15:00||33:49||5||23|
|55||Gerd Buehler & Christian Franssen||Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC||4498||1979||15:00||17:41||5||19|
|8||Brian & Catherine Scowcroft||Chevrolet Fangio Coupe||3300||1936||0:00||24:27||6||9|
|20||Jeff Urbina & Chris Pike||Chevrolet 210 BelAir||4638||1957||15:00||34:15||6||32|
|36||John & Nicole Whitelock||Mercedes-Benz 280 SL||2800||1968||0:00||11:28||6||12|
|46||Tobias & Silvia Koenig||Porsche 911||2700||1972||15:00||53:51||6||21|
|49||Ivan Pusnik & Boris Gruzman||SAAB 99||1985||1973||15:00||37:22||6||28|
|15||John & Daisy Pyle||Chevy Coupe||3800||1939||0:00||50:43||7||11|
|19||Adrian & Christine Hodgson||Austin A90 Westminster||2912||1955||0:00||15:46||7||15|
|51||Kilian Kozka & Gian Paulo Scorzo||Mercedes-Benz 350 SLC||3500||1973||15:00||12:23||7||25|
|10||Jim Gately & Tony Brooks||Cadillac 60 series||5670||1937||15:00||36:51||8||12|
|35||Anthony & Sonja Verloop||Mercedes-Benz 280 SE||2748||1968||0:00||19:02||8||16|
|50||Andreas Honegger & Peter Kruse||Mercedes-Benz 280 CE||2745||1973||0:00||35:43||8||26|
|11||Christopher & Kathleen Grace||Chevrolet Fangio Coupe||3540||1938||15:00||5:05||9||14|
|23||Nick & Serita Sleep||Mercedes-Benz 230 SL||2778||1964||0:00||38:16||9||18|
|43||Tim & Patrick Eades||Ford Bronco||5700||1978||0:00||58:35||9||27|
|29||Stanley Gold & Brant Parsons||Porsche 911||2000||1965||15:00||39:26||10||24|
|57||Andrew & Freddie McAlpine||Range Rover||3500||1982||15:00||28:20||10||29|
|30||Bernard & Denise Mattei||Ford Mustang Fastback||4700||1965||NLC|
|1||Clint Smith (GB) / Martin Jones (GB)||Bentley 3/4½||4500||1925||1|
|2||Graham Goodwin (GB) / Marina Goodwin (GB)||Bentley 4½ Le Mans||4500||1927||1|
|3||Keith Ashworth (GB) / Norah Ashworth (GB)||Bentley Le Mans||4500||1927||1|
|4||David Roberts (GB) / Jo Roberts (GB)||Chrysler 75 Roadster||4078||1929||1|
|5||Lee Harman (USA) / Winston Conyers (CA)||Ford Model A Victoria||2000||1931||1|
|7||Stephen Lambert (AU) / Ruth Lambert (AU)||Ford Fordor 48 V8||2743||1935||2|
|8||Brian Scowcroft (GB) / Catherine Scowcroft (GB)||Chevrolet Fangio Coupe||3300||1936||2|
|9||Andrew Boland (IRL) / Ann Boland (IRL)||Ford V8 Convertible||3600||1936||2|
|10||Jim Gately (USA) / Tony Brooks (GB)||Cadillac 60 series||5670||1937||2|
|11||Chris Grace (USA)/ Kathy Grace (USA)||Chevrolet Coupe||3540||1938||2|
|12||Richard Turner (GB) / Nigel Lee (GB)||Ford Model 62||3700||1938||2|
|14||Tony Rowe (GB) / Mark Delling (GB)||Ford DeLuxe V8 91A Coupe||3600||1939||2|
|15||John Pyle (GB) / Daisy Pyle (GB)||Chevy Coupe||3800||1939||2|
|16||Manuel Dubs (CH) / Irene Dubs (CH)||Ford Coupe||3619||1940||2|
|19||Adrian Hodgson (GB) / Christine Hodgson (GB)||Austin A90 Westminster||2912||1955||3|
|20||Jeff Urbina (USA) / Chris Pike (NZ)||Chevrolet 210 Belair||4638||1957||4|
|21||Mike Harrison (GB) / Lorna Harrison (GB)||Volvo PV544||1800||1959||3|
|22||Stephen Partridge (NZ) / Corgi La Grouw (NZ)||Ford Galaxie||6400||1961||4|
|23||Nick Sleep (GB) / Serita Sleep (GB)||Mercedes-Benz 230 SL||2778||1964||3|
|24||Phillip Blunden (AUS) / Lyndy Blunden (AUS)||Holden EH Special||2930||1964||3|
|25||Neil Smith (GB) / Trevor Skillen (GB)||Sunbeam Tiger 289 Mk I||4700||1964||4|
|27||Claudine Bloom (GB) / Andrew Twort (GB)||Volvo Amazon 120||1780||1965||3|
|28||Steve Verrall (GB)/ Jenny Verrall (GB)||Porsche 911||1991||1965||3|
|29||Stan Gold (USA) / Brant Parsons (USA)||Porsche 911||2000||1965||3|
|31||Roy Stephenson (GB) / Rachel Stephenson (GB)||Ford Mustang||4700||1965||4|
|32||Bill Shields (USA) / Alex Schoenauer (USA)||Chevrolet Camero||5700||1967||4|
|34||John Henderson (AU) / Jeff West (AU)||MG BGT||1800||1968||3|
|35||Anthony Verloop (NL) / Sonja Verloop (NL)||Mercedes-Benz 280 SE||2748||1968||3|
|36||John Whitelock (GB) / Nicole Whitelock (GB)||Mercedes-Benz 280 SL||2800||1968||3|
|37||Michael Wilkinson (AUS) / Anna Wilkinson (AUS)||Holden HK||4100||1968||4|
|38||Steven Hitchins (GB) / Midori Hitchins (JP)||Ford Mustang Shelby||5000||1968||4|
|39||James Grayson (GB)/ Simon Spinks (GB)||Ford Escort||1760||1969||5|
|40||Carl Helmetag (USA) / Peter Helmetag (USA)||Volvo 131||1986||1970||5|
|41||Stephen Hardwick (GB) / Ashley Bennett (GB)||Datsun 240Z||2800||1970||6|
|43||Tim Eades (USA) / Jim McLaren (USA)||Ford Escort||2000||1971||5|
|44||Otakar Chládek (CZ) / Jindřiška Žemličková (CZ)||Mercedes-Benz 350 SL||3500||1971||6|
|45||Thomas Stern (DE) / Frank Bertram (DE)||Porsche 924||2000||1972||5|
|46||Tobias Koenig (DE) / Silvia Koenig (DE)||Porsche 911||2700||1972||6|
|48||Ean Lewin (GB) / Alison Lewin (GB)||Ford Escort RS1600||1985||1973||5|
|49||Ivan Pusnik (SL) / Boris Gruzman (USA)||SAAB 99||1985||1973||5|
|50||Andreas Honegger (CH) / Peter Kruse (CH)||Mercedes-Benz 280 CE||2745||1973||6|
|51||Kilian Kozka (DE)/ Gian Paulo Scorzo (DE)||Mercedes 350 SLC||3500||1973||6|
|53||Danny Day (USA) / Matthew Bryson (AU)||Pontiac Trans Am||5735||1975||6|
|54||Fritrz Kozka (DE)/ Gabi Kozka (DE)||Porsche 924||1950||1978||5|
|55||Gerd Buehler (DE) / Janine Franssen (NL)||Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC||4498||1979||6|
|56||Michael Kershaw (GB) / Christopher Mallett (GB)||Range Rover||3500||1981||6|
|57||Andrew McAlpine (GB) / Henry McAlpine (GB)||Range Rover||3500||1982||6|
Click below to read Fred Gallagher’s Recce Report
This incredible Marathon event will see crews journeying 12,000km south from the vast wilderness of unique wildlife and striking landscapes of Alaska to the tropical beaches of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico.
The extraordinarily diverse route will traverse asphalt and gravel roads lined with snow-capped mountains, wide open landscapes, alpine scenery, rugged deserts, ancient canyons, towering rock formations, beautiful beaches, giant sand dunes and tranquil fishing villages.
We begin in Gold Rush country surrounded by snowy peaks with old mining outposts dotting the unspoilt expanse of Alaska and the Yukon, where distances are great, and civilisation is minimal. Snaking south through Canada, the high mountain views give way to lush pastures. We stop in Dawson Creek where all facilities are available. The wine country of Southern Canada will be a surprise to most before we cross into the USA just south of Osoyoos.
Washington State has Pacific rainforests, alpine scenery and wineries and we shall take a rest day in the quaint wine town of Walla Walla. Oregon and Idaho have more of the same, but the climate gradually gets more arid, and race and speedways become more frequent alongside the abundance of gravel roads to keep us occupied. In Nevada and Utah the sky gets bigger, sandy and rugged vistas dominate, and a rest day in Moab will allow crews to explore and appreciate these all the more.
Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona arrive in quick succession and the incredible sand and gravel tracks promise intense competition in the most unreal and picturesque of surroundings and quirky, friendly desert towns will welcome us for refreshments and exploration, with a final day off in a luxurious resort in Tucson.
Everything changes dramatically as we cross into Mexico and our first overnight on the shores of the Sea of Cortez in Puerto Peñasco. From here the scenery becomes turquoise ocean bays, white sand beaches, quiet fishing villages, and colonial architecture. The next five days see lots of dusty tracks, challenging regularities, cactuses, big hats, tequila and great driving.
Finally, after a month of intense driving, competition, adventure and camaraderie we arrive at the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula. The resort town of Cabo San Lucas will welcome the rally with open arms, and this is where the real party begins!
To see more of the Alaska to Mexico Marathon highlights, take a look at the full brochure available at the bottom of the page.
Where and when…
Sunday 27 August 2023
Scrutineering, Signing-On and Welcome Dinner, Anchorage, Alaska
Monday 28 August 2023
Rally Start, Anchorage, Alaska
Tuesday 26 September 2023
Rally Finish and Prize-giving Dinner, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cars of a specification produced before 31 December 1976. Separate classification for cars of a specification produced before the end 31 December 1945. Please check with us if you are not sure your car is eligible.
You will encounter some Regularity sections, where you will try to arrive at secret checks at a precise time. The technique is easily learnt; mastering them may take a few days. We have also planned tests on private land, tracks and circuits. Time Control Sections may be included on remote roads. Underlying the competitive elements will be the basic challenge of driving across a continent in a fifty-year-old car. Your preparation, ingenuity and resilience will all be tested.
A variety of terrain, including regular gravel and sandy sections. We use minor roads to explore areas that few tourists will ever see, some of which will present driving challenges. We go out of our way to avoid really rough roads where possible.
Accommodation is included in a shared room (double or twin). Single rooms are available for a supplementary fee but may be limited at some hotels. We strive to provide good quality accommodation wherever it is available. In some of the remoter parts of the route our options are severely limited, but when we are in more mainstream locations, and particularly during rest days, the hotels will be top quality. Dinner and other refreshments will be provided on most competition days. A light lunch will be included where this is possible.
The entire route will be defined by a detailed tulip Road Book and overview route maps will be provided.
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