NEXT STOP, THE WORLD FOR PEKING TO PARIS WINNERS

  • Rally the Globe chairman raises sights after famous victory  
  • Bentley success fuels special centenary celebrations  
  • ‘Warm-up’ for the ultimate Round the World adventure 
  • Circumnavigation entries already ‘exceeding expectations’ 

Fresh – or as fresh as you can be after 36 days and 8500 miles in a 1925 Bentley Super Sports – Peking to Paris rally winners Graham and Marina Goodwin are already looking forward to their next, even bigger adventure.

Just days after the hard-earned celebrations in the French capital city, the victorious pair are setting their sights on Rally the Globe’s definitive ‘Round the World’ driving odyssey set for 2020-2021.

Billed as the greatest-ever four-wheeled circumnavigation of the planet Earth, plans for the first ‘Round the World’ rally in a generation were revealed recently at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Totalling around 22,000 miles (35,000 kilometres), it will be the longest, most challenging and, ultimately, the most rewarding yet staged, eclipsing the distance of the previous event run in 2000 to mark the millennium.

“We are really chuffed to have won the Peking to Paris rally – and it means all the more to be the first ever Bentley winners in what’s Bentley’s 100th anniversary year – but now we are already looking ahead to the once-in-a-lifetime rally we’ve always dreamt of doing: the Round the World which starts next spring,” said Goodwin after driving the road weary Bentley home to Yorkshire from Paris.

“The unexpected roughness of the Peking to Paris route and durability of the Bentley certainly contributed to our success. The harder it got the better the Bentley did – getting the right balance between speed and not destroying the car was the key, particularly on some of the really harsh and long off-road sections in Mongolia of which there were many. Even so, we still broke our chassis!”

Understanding the time constraints of potential participants and mechanical needs of the competing vintage, post-historic and classic cars – all of which must be built before 1976 – the supreme Round the World marathon has been divided into three individual legs: the first from London to Casablanca in Morocco (23 May to 9 June 2020); the second from Boston, Massachusetts to Vancouver, Canada (19 September to 10 October 2020) and finally the third from Vladivostok in Russia back to London (8 May to 19 June 2021). Fittingly the start and finish of such a flagship event will be in Greenwich, site of the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian Line (Longitude Zero).

“In many ways the journey from China to France was a warm up for the definitive road trip which comes next,” explained Goodwin who is intending to drive another of his vintage Bentleys on the circumnavigation as the winning Super Sports (number four of just nine built by the factory) is in need of a full rebuild. “I know the roads and tracks being planned for the supreme challenge won’t be as harsh as some of those we have just endured between China and France, however the competition will be intense,” he continued.

Goodwin has a unique insight into what lays ahead as Round the World is being organised by the ambitious new Rally the Globe not-for-profit club of which he is one of the seven founding members as well as Chairman.

Indeed, several further of Rally the Globe’s founding members were celebrating in Paris, too. Keith and Norah Ashworth finished a fine third in their Bentley 4 ½-litre Le Mans, while Jim Gately and Tony Brooks came home ninth in their Cadillac 60 Series. Two more founders also completed the event: David and Jo Roberts (Sunbeam Alpine) and Alan and Tina Beardshaw (Volvo 544).

As hugely experienced – and now hugely successful – participants in the full spectrum of historic rally events, their individual personal insights and resultant feedback are invaluable in the creation of a rousing portfolio of exciting new adventure rallies, topped by the eagerly anticipated Round the World.

“As enthusiastic participators we know the balance most entrants want between competition, endurance and adventure – that’s crucial when planning these incredible rallies,” disclosed Goodwin. “Moreover, as a non-profit club, we can keep the costs down, the quality of accommodation up and ensure any profits are reinvested into future events.”

In his position of Rally Director, it is the remit of the well-respected Fred Gallagher to create epic voyages to meet the visions of the founders and all those potential participants. Gallagher and his team are constantly reviewing reports from Goodwin and others to ensure the full value of their knowledge benefits future Rally the Globe undertakings.

“Taking into account the scale and challenge of the Round the World mission, we have purposefully chosen smoother gravel roads wherever possible, thus putting the emphasis on adventure and driving pleasure rather than just out-and-out endurance,” he clarified. “It’s also worth pointing out that our route across Asia and Europe will also have little in common with that taken by those on the Peking to Paris – it will also be around 5000km longer.

“We start on the eastern seaboard of Russia and effectively follow the Trans-Siberian Express Railway through virgin rally country. We have also found some fabulous mountain passes in Kyrgyzstan. We want to make this the ultimate circumnavigation of the Earth and we want everyone to enjoy what’s almost certainly a once-in-a-lifetime road trip. An element of competition always adds extra excitement and interest but our primary aim is to see as many crews fulfilling their dreams and returning to Greenwich after 80 memorable days of amazing driving,” asserted Gallagher.

To ensure smooth passage, Gallagher has secured the services of many of the most experienced and well-respected figures in the operation and management of successful global endurance rallies and they are all key members of the notable Round the World organising team.

The new club’s first rally – this autumn’s Carrera Iberia – is already totally sold out and only a few places are now remaining for those wishing to enter the following spring’s Southern Cross Safari set in the game parks of East Africa. Although only announced recently, entries for the complete Round the World rally are also ‘exceeding expectations’ according to Gallagher.

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THE GREATEST ADVENTURE EVER ON FOUR WHEELS: AROUND THE WORLD

  • The longest and most adventurous circumnavigation in history 
  • Epic 80-day odyssey starts and finishes in Greenwich, London
  • Overall champion crowned after three legs traversing the globe 
  • Event officially launched at the famous Royal Geographical Society

Rally the Globe is delighted to announce its seminal ‘Round the World’ driving adventure – the greatest-ever circumnavigation of the planet Earth on four wheels.

Set for 2020-2021, this will be the first such driving odyssey for a generation and, totalling around 22,000 miles (35,000 kilometres), it will be the longest, most challenging and, ultimately, the most rewarding yet staged, eclipsing the distance of the previous event run in 2000 to mark the millennium.

Fittingly, Round the World was launched last evening (Wednesday) at Lowther Lodge in Kensington, London home of the Royal Geographical Society, an organisation closely associated to so many of the great global explorers including Livingstone, Stanley, Scott, Shackleton, Hunt and Hillary (photos above world map below).

Taking a leaf from the fictitious Phileas Fogg in the famous Jules Verne novel, the full circuit of the globe will take a total of exactly 80 days and will start and finish in London. Not just London, though, but the stunning Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich (photos above and below world map below) right next to the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian Line (Longitude Zero).

Adding to the spectacle, entries are restricted to vintage, post-historic and classic cars built before 1976 and open to crews of all abilities and experience.

Such is the incredible scale of the journey that Round the World is divided into three individual legs: the first from London to Casablanca in Morocco (23 May to 9 June 2020); the second from Boston, Massachusetts to Vancouver, Canada  (19 September to 10 October 2020) and finally the third from Vladivostok in Russia back to London (8 May to 19 June 2021).

In total, plucky participants will face more than 100 competitive speed and navigation tests along the epic route and the hard-earned victors will be crowned as ‘Rally the Globe Round the World’ champions back in Greenwich after 80 days of unforgettable adventure through some of the most spectacular spots on Earth including the Sahara Desert, Rocky Mountains and virtually unexplored gravel routes through Siberia.

Crews are allowed to enter individual legs but, with limited places available, priority will be given to those rallying the world. The more intrepid, bold enough to enter cars from the pre-1946 era, may also be given preferential treatment to ensure the field features a full spectrum of motoring history.

“It must be every motoring enthusiast’s dream to drive right around the world and, for many, this is an incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fulfil that wonderful ambition,” enthused Rally the Globe Chairman, Graham Goodwin who, as a Bentley owner, is a regular competitor in many of the less ambitious events. “Cars, competition and camaraderie all on the greatest possible scale – my name is going to be one of the first on the list!”

ROUND THE WORLD LAUNCH PRESENTATION

For those unable to attend the launch of Rally the Globe’s incredible Round the World adventure, here’s a chance to view the presentation as hosted by Fred Gallagher and John Spiller to the gathered throngs at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

CELTIC CHALLENGE OFFERS FIVE NATION ADVENTURE

  • Spectacular five-day route through England, Wales, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland 
  • Magical mix of motoring ecstasy and Gaelic hospitality 
  • Highlights include legendary TT courses and famous rally roads 
  • Trip via Game of Thrones film sets to St Andrews, the ‘Home of Golf’
  • Entries now open for experienced and amateur crews in pre-1948 cars

Rally the Globe is delighted to announce full details for the third of its incredible motoring adventures.

Hot in the wheel-tracks of this year’s already sold-out Carrera Iberia and next year’s Southern Cross Safari – an epic drive through the safari parks of East Africa – comes The Celtic Challenge, an enthralling five-day journey in April 2020 through some of the most spectacular and rewarding regions of the British Isles.

Appropriately, Rally the Globe’s third escapade traverses the three Celtic realms of Wales, Ireland and Scotland this time reserved exclusively for enthralled crews piloting early Aston Martins, Bentleys, BMWs, MGs, Rolls-Royces and other evocative pre-1948 marques.

The meticulously crafted five-day route is laden with competitive tests – many staged at past and present motor sport haunts – intriguing historical locations plus some of the finest driving roads to be found anywhere on the planet. Lashings of legendary Gaelic hospitality add further spice to the event’s rich appeal.

After a convivial overnight gathering at the luxurious Carden Park spa hotel outside Chester on the English side of the border, the opening sections are set in the stunning scenery of north Wales and include a number of tests on private land including blasts around the iconic Great Orme peninsula and the much-admired, clifftop Anglesey circuit.

The entertaining back roads of Ireland follow with trips to both fabled Ards and Dundrod early TT road courses and an overnight halt in the historic Titanic Quarter of Belfast. For TV buffs, there’s also the chance to savour Game of Thrones landscapes and landmarks.

After a short hop across the Irish Sea, the Celtic Challenge visits Turnberry – the unlikely home for an F1 race in 1952. On the final morning participants tackle more competitive tests and the magnificent highways through the Southern Uplands of Scotland, before a fitting finale in the celebrated golfing town of St Andrews.

The mouthwatering cocktail of great driving roads, amicable competition, dramatic scenery and thought-provoking destinations exemplifies Rally the Globe’s resolve to provide the growing number of likeminded and enthusiastic vintage and classic car owners with memorable motoring adventures right around the world.

The new Celtic Challenge event is the brainchild of Fred Gallagher, Rally the Globe’s well-respected Rally Director. As a Celt himself hailing from Northern Ireland, Gallagher was all the more keen to create something very special to showcase his homeland.

“I’m really pleased with what we’ve created,” remarked a delighted Gallagher. “The ferry schedule works perfectly and we’ve packed in an amazing number of exceptional nuggets that will delight and enthrall any driving enthusiast. We’ve avoided narrow roads for the regularity sections, but the emphasis is very much on the speed tests on private roads as well as at circuits such as Anglesey and Kirkistown. And then, of course, there’s some genuinely great hospitality for everyone to enjoy along the way.”

DEBUT RALLY ‘Carrera Iberia 2019’ IS FULLY BOOKED

This year’s evocatively titled ‘Carrera Iberia’ in October will mark our debut, and we are really looking forward to sharing our first rally adventure with our members.   This rally was fully booked within weeks of launch and all 30 teams are now looking forward to some of the finest driving possible in Spain and Portugal. Deserted country roads, race circuits and historic hotels are all on the menu. If you are sorry you missed out, the waiting list is open.

“There’ll be exclusive experiences on our 2019 Carrera Iberia rally, including more than one chance to test your nerve and skill on World Class race tracks”

Rally Director Fred Gallagher, with rallying mate Graham Rood, landed in Santander in September 2018 to start their recce from the picturesque Bay of Biscay. “We found some tremendous driving roads and a number of exciting race tracks on which to hold tests” said Fred.

“We’ve booked top notch accommodation along the way, in iconic ‘one of a kind’ 5* hotels many of which are in historic buildings.” Fred concluded.

AN AFRICAN ‘GAME DRIVE’ LIKE NO OTHER

We are heading to East Africa for the inaugural ‘Southern Cross Safari’ in February 2020. Set in Kenya and Tanzania, our amazing route will take competitors through both Masai Mara and Serengeti National Reserves before finishing on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

“This rally will be a superb introduction to East Africa with magnificent and very changeable scenery and some great accommodation”

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 INCREDIBLE DAYS!

  • Ambitious new endurance ‘Rally the Globe’ club launched
  • Classic car automotive adventures topped by around the world epic
  • Carrera Iberia and Southern Cross Safari in East Africa also confirmed
  • Team of renowned experts to mastermind intercontinental events

An exciting and significant new international endurance rally club is launched today (Wednesday), together with confirmation of an epic round the world motoring adventure in 2020/2021.

Founded by renowned rallying mastermind Fred Gallagher with substantial backing from a number of influential endurance rally participants, Rally the Globe has been established to deliver unrivalled levels of professionalism, experience, vision and voyage.

Emphasising this inspirational ethos for delivering outstanding trans-nation and inter-continental competition and camaraderie for enthusiastic owners of pre-1976 vintage and classic cars, detailed planning for three truly incredible events is already in motion.

The evocatively titled ‘Carrera Iberia’ in October 2019 will mark Rally the Globe’s debut, providing entrants with some of the finest driving possible in Spain and Portugal. Deserted country roads, race circuits and historic hotels are all on the menu.

The focus then switches from western Europe to East Africa for the inaugural ‘Southern Cross Safari’ in February 2020. Set in Kenya and Tanzania it, too, features an amazing route taking competitors through both Masai Mara and Serengeti National Reserves before finishing on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

Then – and very much living up to the club’s name – comes the ultimate ‘Round The World’. Combining both adventure and endurance, this zenith of all road trips will be split into three sections: the first from London to Casablanca via the Sahara; the second from Boston to Vancouver and the third from Vladivostok in eastern Russia back to London. The rally will be staged over a total of 80 days between May 2020 and June 2021.

Participants will be able to compete in one, two or all three legs of the rally.  The ultimate prize will be to complete – or even dare to win– the Round The World title. A number of equally spectacular events are also in the pipeline

“It’s an ambitious and exceptional programme that really underlines our philosophy of providing those possessing a true spirit of adventure with memorable drives through parts of the world that they probably wouldn’t otherwise ever see or savour,” explained Rally Director, Gallagher. “We pride ourselves not only in finding some of the greatest driving roads on Earth but also in seeking out both quirky and astonishing places along the route for our crews to relish in between their competitive tests.”

FIRST RALLIES READY FOR TAKEOFF

Rally Director, Fred Gallagher, has been busy recceing our first two rally adventures.

Carrera Iberia follows an enticing route of undiscovered roads, historic hotels in stunning locations and twisting mountain roads.  Rally Director, Fred Gallagher, says;

“I’ve planned a route off the beaten track, on roads difficult to discover without local knowledge.   It’s a competitive event for both amateur and more experienced crews alike, with plenty of time to sample the wine and the tapas on route.”

BONHAMS COME ON BOARD

Rally the Globe would like to thank Bonhams, the international auction house founded in 1793, for their sponsorship support.

Graham Goodwin, Rally the Globe’s Chairman and founding member said

“Bonhams is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers of fine art and antiques, including motor cars.  We are delighted that an organisation with such a heritage and reputation for connoisseurship have agreed to partner with us.  We look forward to working together as our international membership club develops.”