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.”