GENERATIONS RALLY VINCE IL PRESTIGIOSO PREMIO RAC

Rally the Globe è assolutamente lieta di essere stata incoronata vincitrice del premio "Evento competitivo dell'anno" per il Generations Rally 2022, in occasione di una sfarzosa serata di premiazione ai Royal Automobile Club's Historic Awards di Londra.

I giudici hanno detto:

"Il Generations Rally 2022 di Rally the Globe è stato ben concepito, organizzato ed eseguito. È stato progettato per incoraggiare gli equipaggi di generazioni miste di tutte le età e livelli di esperienza a divertirsi con le loro auto d'epoca e classiche di tutte le forme e dimensioni su strade leggendarie in alcune delle zone più belle dell'Inghilterra settentrionale. Come introduzione al rally classico, è stato superbo".

Come organizzazione che ha appena superato il suo quarto compleanno, e che ha trascorso due di questi anni sotto l'ombra di una pandemia, siamo onorati di ricevere un riconoscimento non solo per l'evento, ma per Rally the Globe come club e per il fantastico team di molte persone di talento ed esperienza che hanno lavorato insieme per realizzare il Rally delle Generazioni, sia dietro le quinte che sul campo. Siamo anche grati per il sostegno di tutti coloro che hanno partecipato all'evento e si sono impegnati a fondo per renderlo un incredibile successo. 

Graham Goodwin, presidente, ha dichiarato: "Essere nella rosa dei candidati a questo premio è stato un vero piacere e una conferma dell'innovazione e dell'esperienza che caratterizzano Rally the Globe. Vincere il premio è la ciliegina sulla torta ed è una bella conferma che stiamo dando un serio contributo allo sport del rally storico. Abbiamo fatto molta strada in poco tempo, ma non siamo compiacenti. Tenete d'occhio questo spazio!".    

Mark Appleton, Direttore di gara, ha aggiunto: "L'idea del Generations Rally è nata nelle primissime fasi del viaggio di Rally the Globe, come modo per condividere il nostro meraviglioso sport con i membri più giovani della famiglia e siamo al settimo cielo per aver vinto questo premio. Ricevere riconoscimenti come questi nella prestigiosa cornice del RAC, che ha alimentato e influenzato lo sviluppo del motorsport e dell'automobilismo stesso, lo rende ancora più speciale".  Il Rally delle Generazioni e RtG sta andando di bene in meglio e non vediamo l'ora di dare il benvenuto agli equipaggi alla seconda edizione tra pochi mesi".

Congratulazioni a tutti i vincitori e ai finalisti di questa fantastica celebrazione dell'automobilismo storico.

 

Fotografia © - Rob Cadman

LA SERIE DEI QUADRIFOGLI È STATA SELEZIONATA PER IL PREMIO PER GLI SPORT MOTORISTICI STORICI

Rally the Globe are delighted to have been shortlisted for the prestigious Historic Motoring Awards 2021.  The innovative Cloverleaf series of events, that was created as a way to restart rallying after the worst of the pandemic, has been selected as a finalist in the category for the “Motorsport Event of the Year”.  This recognition from the expert judging panel is a reflection not only of the dedication and high standards of the Rally the Globe organising team, but also of the support and faith of our amazing Club Members.  

We are thrilled to have our events recognised in this way, and look forward to the winners being announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 18th November 2021 at The Rosewood Hotel, London.

Photography Highlights from the Cloverleaf Series...

STIAMO RECLUTANDO UN COORDINATORE DI EVENTI!

Rally the Globe è un club di soci che organizza raduni di auto d'epoca e classiche in tutto il mondo. Attualmente stiamo cercando un coordinatore di eventi che si unisca al nostro piccolo ma affollato quartier generale di Leeds, per supportare il team in tutti gli aspetti di ricerca, pianificazione, organizzazione e realizzazione del nostro avventuroso programma di eventi.

Il ruolo di coordinatore di eventi è una posizione varia e stimolante, che richiede di lavorare in modo autonomo e di gestire priorità concorrenti. Essendo il primo punto di contatto per i nuovi clienti che chiedono informazioni sui raduni e per i clienti esistenti che hanno domande sugli eventi, dovrete essere in grado di reagire rapidamente e di trovare risposte alle loro domande, costruendo al contempo relazioni continue. Dovrete avere forti capacità amministrative e organizzative, tenacia, proattività e capacità di adattamento.

Si tratta di un ruolo a volte estremamente impegnativo, in particolare nel periodo che precede un evento, in cui è fondamentale mantenere i contatti con le varie sedi per gli accordi finali; inoltre, dovrete fornire un supporto dall'ufficio per affrontare qualsiasi problema che si presenti quando il resto del team è impegnato negli eventi. Avrete l'opportunità di essere coinvolti in quasi tutti gli aspetti del lavoro di pianificazione dei nostri eventi, il che rende questa opportunità fantastica in un'organizzazione ambiziosa e dal ritmo veloce.

Per richiedere una copia della descrizione del lavoro e delle specifiche personali, inviare un'e-mail a info@rallytheglobe.com . È inoltre possibile contattare Loren Price per un colloquio informale al numero 0113 360 8961.

Per candidarsi al ruolo, si prega di inviare il proprio CV e la lettera di presentazione (massimo 2 pagine in formato A4), dimostrando di soddisfare i criteri della specifica personale, via e-mail a info@rallytheglobe.com .

Data di chiusura: martedì 31st Agosto 2021

Ruolo a tempo pieno, con sede a Leeds, con possibilità di lavorare a casa e orari flessibili.

Stipendio: fino a 25.000 sterline, a seconda dell'esperienza maturata

I benefit includono 25 giorni di ferie, pensione e assicurazione medica privata.

ARI VATANEN ENTRA A FAR PARTE DI RALLY THE GLOBE COME PRESIDENTE DI CLUB

  • Un nuovo ruolo ispiratore per un'amatissima leggenda dell'automobilismo internazionale 
  • Il campione del mondo rinnova la partnership vincente con l'ex copilota Fred Gallagher 
  • La star finlandese è desiderosa di vivere lo "spirito e il cameratismo" delle avventure del Rally the Globe 
  • Il nuovo calendario accoglie nuovi membri e iscrizioni 

Rally the Globe è onorata di annunciare che la leggenda dell'automobilismo Ari Vatanen sarà il primo Presidente del Club. 

Oggi, all'età di 69 anni, l'illustre finlandese è uno dei piloti di rally più venerati e rispettati di tutti i tempi, essendo stato incoronato Campione del Mondo nel 1981 e, in seguito, vincendo l'epico Rally Parigi-Dakar per ben quattro volte. È stato anche uno degli eroi idolatrati dell'epoca del Gruppo B del rally e, più recentemente, è stato membro del Parlamento europeo dal 1999 al 2009. 

Con un tale pedigree sportivo e politico internazionale, Vatanen è la figura perfetta per questo ambizioso club di soci senza scopo di lucro, fondato nel 2018 per incitare, entusiasmare e divertire tutti i proprietari di auto d'epoca e classiche precedenti al 1977 con indimenticabili avventure di guida in tutto il mondo. Inoltre, si tratta di un ruolo di primo piano che Vatanen ha chiaramente accettato con piacere. 

"Sono onorato e commosso", ha ammesso. "Questi eventi di rally storici hanno un vero fascino; sono pieni di spirito, cameratismo e divertimento e questo è il mio stile di vita. Mi piace tornare indietro nel tempo e guardare tutte queste auto del passato e non vedo l'ora di far parte di questa atmosfera speciale quando parteciperò agli eventi futuri".   

Questa nomina di alto profilo riunisce Vatanen con il suo ex copilota Fred Gallagher, lo stimato Ulsterman che è una delle forze fondatrici di Rally the Globe. Insieme, i due hanno vinto la Coppa del Mondo FIA per i rally di campagna con Citroën Sport nel 1997 e hanno anche ottenuto un famoso podio al Safari Rally quando condividevano una Escort WRC per il team Ford nel 1998.

"Ora come allora, so che sarò in ottime mani", ha dichiarato Vatanen. "Fred ha avuto un effetto calmante e rassicurante sulla mia guida ed è la fiducia e l'amicizia che abbiamo costruito nel corso degli anni che mi ha spinto ad accettare questo meraviglioso incarico di Presidente del Club Rally the Globe".  

Conoscendo in prima persona le immense capacità e il carisma magnetico di Vatanen, anche Gallagher è comprensibilmente entusiasta di rinnovare la loro collaborazione. 

"Ari è un personaggio magico e non ho dubbi che la sua affiliazione e il suo coinvolgimento ci aiuteranno a sensibilizzare l'opinione pubblica su tutti i fantastici eventi che abbiamo in programma", ha commentato Gallagher, l'eminente Direttore del Rally del Club. "Ha contatti straordinari sia nel mondo della politica che in quello dello sport automobilistico e il suo incredibile carisma sarà d'ispirazione per tutti noi".

"È un vero onore avere come Presidente del Club una persona stimata e amata come il grande Ari Vatanen", ha confermato il Presidente del Club, Graham Goodwin, lui stesso vincitore di rally storici di lunga distanza quando condivideva una Bentley Supersports del 1925 con la moglie Marina. "So che i nostri soci saranno felici di condividere momenti ed esperienze indimenticabili con questa vera leggenda durante le future avventure del Rally the Globe". 

In prospettiva, per ravvivare gli spiriti dei suoi membri con qualche gradita scappatella, Rally the Globe ha ideato un calendario allettante che mira a riaccendere le passioni di guida e il cameratismo conviviale mentre i protocolli di blocco nazionali vengono revocati dopo la pandemia. 

La suggestiva azione riprende nel Regno Unito con quattro raduni "Cloverleaf" basati su un singolo hotel, prima della reintroduzione di più intrepidi appuntamenti internazionali in autunno. Inizialmente questi eventi all'estero si svolgeranno in Europa, prima di avventurarsi nuovamente oltre i confini nazionali all'inizio del 2023. 

La splendida Carrera Italia di ottobre è un evento che Vatanen attende con particolare impazienza, poiché partirà e si concluderà a Sanremo, suo vecchio luogo di ritrovo per i rally. 

VIVA CARRERA ESPAÑA!

  • New Spanish adventure added to Rally the Globe calendar
  • From Barcelona to Santander in spring 2022 
  • Mountain roads, race tracks and luxurious hotels en-route
  • Entries now open to pre-1977 classic and veteran cars

With the optimism of a clear roadmap out of lockdown ahead, Rally the Globe has its pedal-to-the-metal creating new competitive adventures for those crewing much-loved vintage and classic cars.

Fuelled by this renewed enthusiasm and excitement, a revised calendar of events was confirmed last month and that future programme is now further enhanced by the addition of the alluring Carrera España, entries for which are now open.

Set in the warmth of welcome spring sunshine in Spain and open to all cars built before the end of 1976, Carrera España will run from 24 April to 5 May 2022 and will explore the empty, scenic roads in the northern part of the fêted Iberian country.

Running to Rally the Globe’s much-admired Carrera format, the meticulously researched driving route will run entirely on asphalt surfaces. The overnight camaraderie will be experienced at hotels chosen specifically for their luxury, comfort, style and, perhaps a little quirkiness to make them all-the-more memorable. The inclusion of Regularity Sections, often set on twisty mountain roads, plus Timed Tests arranged at permanent motor sport venues will add the captivating element of competition so enjoyed by both drivers and navigators.

The route for the Carrera España will start outside the enchanting seaside city of Barcelona and finish 11 days later in Santander, the beautiful resort famous for its eye-catching beaches and mouth-watering cuisine.

Guaranteeing a fast start, the opening day includes tests at famous circuits as well as challenging regularities in the Pyrenees. From Barcelona in the region of Catalonia, crews will travel through the wonders of Aragon, Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y Leon, Galicia and Asturias before finally arriving on the Cantabrian coast. Evenings en-route will be spent in a variety of top class hotels including Benedictine monasteries, a mountain lodge and even a mediaeval fortress.

“Like the greatest of grand touring GT cars, our Carrera events are created for both competition and comfort – and the Carrera España will have both those two pleasures in abundance,” promised Fred Gallagher, Rally the Globe’s well-respected Rally Director. “The event travels through seldom seen, traffic-free parts of northern Spain with gloriously open roads through some truly stunning scenery. The hotels are equally impressive and no doubt where every day’s adventures will be revisited, shared and, perhaps, sometimes embellished around the dinner table!”

Rally the Globe’s previous visit to Spain for the Carrera Iberia in 2019 proved an instant success with entries selling out swiftly. With numbers again limited to avoid overcrowding, keen participants are advised to register their interest without delay.

For those eager for some restorative driving adventures in the meantime, this autumn’s Highland Thistle Rally and Carrera Italia still have a few remaining places on their respective entry lists.

Based in St Andrews the former is a magical trip to and from the spectacular Isle of Skye via the Scottish glens, lochs and mountains. The latter is an equalling alluring journey through the dramatic Dolomites and idyllic lakes of northern Italy.

SINTESI DEL PRESIDENTE DI RALLY THE GLOBE - 2020

Dear Members

2020 was the year in which Rally the Globe completed its first long overseas rally, the Southern Cross Safari.  This was an exceedingly difficult event to organise, which probably explains why Kenya and Tanzania are seldom visited by Vintage and Classic car enthusiasts in such a rally format.  Exceptionally, there has never before been a competitive rally which has managed to successfully navigate the red tape required to get permission to drive through the very special Masai Mara and Serengeti game parks.  It is a credit to the contacts and determination of our World Champion co-driver Fred Gallagher that we managed to do just that, and Marina and I will never forget this once in a lifetime trip.  To drive an open topped Bentley through a game park bigger than Wales and to watch the vast migration of animals in this natural setting was amazing.  Navigating heavy rain, washed out roads and swarms of locusts en route was the icing on the cake.  Unfortunately, we arrived back to the UK with a bang. 

From here on in events were postponed and cancelled one after another and it felt like travel and related companies were collapsing like a stack of cards.  Sadly, two of our fellow rally companies have closed their doors for good and this makes us more determined than ever to fly the endurance rally flag.  We have a rally family to support and look after and we intend doing just that.  

From an RtG point of view our plans for the remainder of 2020 were hit hard.  As a result of the UK national lockdown, we had to cancel our Celtic Challenge rally and our Round the World rallies.  I was particularly gutted at the prospect of cancelling Round the World because this marathon had not even been attempted for 20 years and at 30,000km was more than twice the distance of the well-known Peking to Paris.  It’s the prospect of challenging ourselves, creating new events and going to special places which motivated us all to set up the RtG club in the first place.

Whilst we are a not-for-profit club, we are still a commercial business run by experienced business people.  Given the turmoil in the motor sport and travel markets last year I thought I should give you a quick update on our financial position at the end of 2020.  This is because I, like you, would not want to place my money in the care of a company I did not have confidence in.  I would want to know that they are on top of their figures and operating model.   Fortunately, not by accident but by design of having an excellent Finance Director and an experienced long-distance rally team, RtG had the best insurance in place to cover our cancelled rallies from 2020.  In common with other companies, we will be unable to sensibly insure against communicable diseases going forward so must remain vigilant and only commit funds, your funds, with utmost care and due diligence.  

I am pleased to report that our income for 2020 was £1.3 million and despite refunding rally entrants in full to the tune of £1.03 million we still made a small operating profit during this extremely challenging year which is already reinvested in our coming events.  As an indication of Members’ confidence in our business, we also finished the year with over £1 million in cash and continue to manage our cashflow and currency exposures to the highest standards.  In summary your money, our money, is safe with us.  

Looking ahead we are delighted to be launching our new and innovative Cloverleaf rallies in 2021 and look forward to returning to the open road for our Highland Thistle and Carrera Italia events later in the year.  We get the ball rolling in 2022 with the much-anticipated Generations Rally in the English Lake District before moving on to the annual Carrera offering, next year exploring the glorious northern regions of Spain on the Carrera España.  There’s then six weeks to draw breath before setting out on a proper Challenge, rallying along a fantastic route from Ypres to Istanbul.

During the summer months, we leave the roads to the tourists and cyclists but at the end of September we will be back in the rally-heaven that is the Dolomite region of northern Italy for our first event solely for pre-war cars.  

We accept that the world will not be open to rallying overnight and you will probably have noticed that all our rallies to the end of 2022 have a European focus.  This is a deliberate decision taken to keep our crews, our team and your money as safe as possible.  2023 will start with a bang in the shape of our first Marathon event with the Road to Hanoi – 4 weeks exploring the lesser-known parts of South East Asia.  I know from experience that this area of the world is one of the best and Marina and I cannot wait to return.  

The directors are delighted with our 2020 results in what was a terrible and difficult financial climate, and we have confidence in the future of the club and our diverse array of rallies.  I would like to thank them on your behalf for their first class and selfless service to the club.  There is a fantastic team working at Rally the Globe and we cannot wait to get back on the road shortly.  Watch this space for challenging, new and innovative events going forward.  

Graham Goodwin

Chairman, Raduno in tutto il mondo

SALTARE UNA GENERAZIONE

It is with regret that Rally the Globe announce that the innovative Generations Rally, scheduled for the end of March, will not now be going ahead in 2021.  Although the delay to this exciting new event is disappointing for us all, it has unfortunately become the only sensible course of action.

As a result of the huge increase in Covid-19 cases throughout December and January, all parts of the UK are currently locked down with schools, hotels, restaurants, offices, and many other workplaces forced to closed to reduce the chances of virus transmission.  The politicians are linking the end of this current period of lockdown to the successful vaccination of high-risk groups of the population and, although vaccinations are being administered at an unprecedented rate, the absolute best scenario is that the lockdown may start to be lifted just a few weeks before crews were due to convene in the Lake District.  

In addition, it is becoming clear that the lockdown will be eased cautiously, and that we are likely to return to a multi-tiered regional system.  Due to inevitable restrictions on accommodation, hospitality venues, and group gatherings the Generations Rally would only be able to run if all of the areas it passes through are placed in lower tier areas.  This appears unlikely, at least initially.  On top of that, Competitors and Officials residing in higher tier areas would be unable to attend the event and those travelling from overseas would be subject to the new stricter restrictions on international travel, that include both a requirement for a negative test before setting out and a period of quarantine on arrival.  

Bearing all of these elements in mind, Rally the Globe have taken the view that the chances of being able to run any event, especially one that lives up to the high standards we set ourselves, are slim.  It would therefore be neither prudent, nor responsible to press on with arrangements for the event, so instead we have taken a timely and clear decision to reschedule it.  

The RtG team have spent some time assessing different options and searching for an alternative date when the grip of the pandemic will have reduced sufficiently to ensure safe travel and socialising.  After considering factors including availability of accommodation, likely weather, tourist traffic in the National Parks, hours of daylight, and the other events on the busy Rally the Globe calendar, we have decided that the best course of action is to delay the event by a full year to the weekend of 25-27 March 2022.

We have already informed all of the crews entered in 2021 of the change of dates and, although most are still planning to join us, some places are likely to become available on this previously over-subscribed event.  If you would be interested in joining us in 2022, an entry form is available from info@rallytheglobe.com. 

IL RALLY DELLE GENERAZIONI 2021 ATTIRA NOVE AUTO DI FRAZER NASH

The Generations Rally has proven to be a very popular early season draw and, next March we are very much looking forward to welcoming at least 50 crews to the start line on the shores of Lake Windermere.

Fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, in-laws and soon to be in-laws will be thrown together for a weekend of fun, motorsport and a bit of Northern exposure to boot.

The Rally has attracted a great field of entrants with some exceptional cars as well, but it is the Frazer Nash company who are fielding the biggest team, with a total entry of nine. And, from this quirky, much loved but shortlived brand, six of them are chain driven models with the other three being the slightly more civilised BMW 328 variant.

Of this chain gang, no fewer than four are TT Replicas which were built from 1932 to 1938 and were the most numerous Nash’s to have come out of the Kingston Upon Thames works.

Founded by Archibald Frazer-Nash in 1922, the original company failed in 1927 but, a new company, AFN Limited, was created from the ashes.

They continued to produce Frazer Nash cars with the famous multi-chain transmission until the Second World War, whereafter they made another 85 vehicles before ending production totally in 1957. All of these post-war cars had conventional transmissions.

We spoke to a few of the Nash crews who have signed up for this inter-generational challenge and they gave us a few insights into what they’re bringing, why they’re bringing it and who they’ll be sharing the experience with.

Bill and Olivia Holroyd, 1932 Frazer Nash TT Rep’

Chassis number 2026 started life as a Tourer in 1931 and was raced at Brooklands by D.A. Aldington, part owner of the company. In 1933 it was re-bodied as a TT Rep and sold to Albert Tinker, a Yorkshireman who insisted that the new car be given the identity of the most famous works car of the time – MV 3742, chassis number 2065. It then lived a fairly easy life with another two owners before being acquired by Bill in June 2019. Bill says that “I love the quirkiness of the chain drive – and the car in general. It is a unique driving sensation”.

“We are using the TT for the Generations Rally because it is a short event and it should be great fun to really get to know the car. There is no roof, but hey it never rains in the Lakes!”

Patrick and James Blakeney-Edwards, 1928 Frazer Nash Saloon

If the Frazer Nash’s are something of a factory team, then it must fall to Patrick to be the team principal and director of engineering. Founder of his eponymous motorsport company, there’s not much Patrick doesn’t know about pre-war cars and Frazer Nash in particular.

He’ll be accompanied by his twelve year-old son James as navigator, who will be the youngest competitor on the start grid. According to his father, James is obsessed with cars. He’s surrounded by them and has learned to drive already, in an Austin 7, at the age of 8. “We’ve done some VSCC events already and he’s fiercely competitive and can get really cross when things go wrong. His first rally though will be a step up for him with a defined role and serious responsibilities to deal with”.

“What could be more fun however than spending three days with your son in this sort of environment, although I can’t imagine the amount of times he’ll say that the notes are wrong and we may even spend some time following the other crews”.

It’s certainly not going to be an easy ride for him and after a hard day on the road, Patrick expects him to muck in every evening with the spanner checks and maintenance tasks.

“Luckily he likes maps, geography the company of adults, and handbrake turns”.

Craig and Cosmo McWilliam, Frazer Nash Super Sports

The records show that there were maybe 115 Super Sports built between 1924 and 1929 and chassis number 1139 was built at the Kingston Works in July 1927, it was described as three-seater Super Sports and given the registration PK3764.

Whilst the car itself is a veteran of many an event, its owner, Craig McWilliam only “bought it two years ago – so I’m a newbie to the Nash world (though I have had vintage cars for quite a few years).”

“My “other car” for example is a 1926 Twincam Sunbeam super sports – a lovely car but my wife doesn’t want to drive it as it’s too big. So we got the Nash – sporty, light, easier to drive, a great club and also fun to slide round corners”.

“Our car is a 1927 Anzani powered Super Sports – so a proper vintage Nash. It’s a well-known original car, with some well-known club luminaries as owners in the past. Many of these people used the car for very strenuous rallies – so I am really hoping it will be good enough to get up these Lakeland hills – should be better than the Sunbeam up the narrow twisties!”

“The car went into the garage with a broken starter motor last December – and we had a terrible attack of the “whilst we are here’s!” Anyway – the chassis is back together and the body is back on now and it should go off for painting soon… “

“My son, Cosmo, is coming with me – he will have recently turned 17 so I keep telling him he could take the wheel for a bit… He prefers moderns!”

Maybe after a few days with this little cracker though he’ll change his mind?

Theo and Olivia Hunt, 1933 Frazer Nash TT Rep’

Theo is no stranger to this car and revels in its nimble handling and effortless acceleration. He’s also a student of mechanical engineering so was more than happy to wax lyrical about the darker, and more oily parts of his Nash.

“It is an original meadows powered car with a wide type Elkington body. Not much is known about its pre-war activities, however it was recorded that it started life as a blue and white car, which is terrible to think about.

“We have owned AMF since 2011, which may not seem like a long time but is almost half my life and, ever since we bought it I have always had a fascination with everything about it. I can vividly remember the first time I drove it at the age of 15 around Goodwood Motor Circuit, (a pretty special place to fall in love with a car)”.

“There are so many special things about Frazer Nash cars which make their owners adore them, however, the most important is the way that the cars drive. Pre-war Nash’s have a weird and wonderful transmission which combines to make the most magical driving experience”.

He continues “the rear axle of a Frazer Nash is solid, no differential, this leading to the most ludicrous handling characteristics. As a Nash driver you will find yourself with an arm full of opposite lock around most corners when travelling at speed, and you are always pleasantly surprised how the low ratio steering allows these slides to be caught and controlled rapidly. The steering is a ¾ turn, lock to lock. The transmission, combined with the lightweight nature of these cars means that it can change direction on a six-pence and will always ensure big smiles when drifted around a race track or a quiet village roundabout.

“Given the opportunity I would drive them everyday. For rallies in the UK they are unbeatable, I can guarantee that the driver smiling the most at the end of the day will be clambering out of a Nash, gasping for a pint and desperately stretching their sore back. They may not be the most comfortable, or the most powerful, but they are the most fun and can be darn fast when they need to be. Being a Nash owner also means being a Nash mechanic and, a tinker in the evenings is an occupational hazard.

I will most certainly be wandering around the car park in the evenings offering a hand where I can; as long as I’ve completed all my post thrashing checks first!”

I cannot wait to shock my mother, Olivia. But, I’m sure that she will try and give me some stern words beforehand, and then her competitive streak will come through along with cries of FASTER FASTER!

I hope that there will be a proper Chain Gang spirit during the Generations Rally and I’m so excited for an awesome rally, and the premise of it is brilliant!”

Martin and Georgemma Hunt, 1937 Frazer Nash-BMW 328

Martin has campaigned this car far and wide and is no stranger to the challenges of a rally in a small open car. Daughter Georgie however is a relative newcomer.

“The Frazer Nash-BMW has been our rally car of choice for short events for the last five or six years. In addition it occasionally comes out to circuits for pre-war events. The car was unbelievably ahead of its years when it was built in 1937. Obviously it was built in Germany by BMW, but it was one of the 48 or so right-hand drive examples which were imported into the UK by Frazer Nash. It still has its original six cylinder, 2 litre BMW engine, which makes the most glorious noise, sounding more like a Cooper Bristol than a pre-war BMW! It’s an incredibly nimble car, and really quite easy to drive, without the need for the tricky double declutching that is required in most pre-war cars. It doesn’t have a huge amount of luggage space, so it’s ideal for an event like the Generations Rally, which is a hub and spoke event, without the need to transport luggage in the vehicle.

I will have my daughter Georgie in my car, who has never done any motor events before and says she is not going to try and compete with her brother and mother…that’s going to lead to an interesting dynamic because given (her mother) Olivia’s navigational skills and competitive nature, I reckon that they might do quite well in this rally!”

Rory and Diana Henderson, 1939 Frazer Nash-BMW 328

Rory is tackling the Generations Rally with his mother, Diana, in the family’s Frazer Nash-BMW 328, which is no stranger to rallying as it claimed outright victory in the 1939 RAC Rally, driven by AFP Fane.

Rory says “for the Generations Rally, I have been allowed behind the wheel under strict instructions to obey my navigators’ orders! Having previously rallied a Bentley with my fiancé Anastasia, I’m looking forward to tackling the various routes in something slightly smaller and nimbler”.

“My father Gavin is swapping the 328 for the Bentley, with Anastasia as his navigator, so we are all looking forward to some friendly family rivalry along the way!”

CAVALCARE LA SECONDA ONDA

When Coronavirus was first identified back in January, it was a concern for everyone involved with international rallying, but it was not until the middle of March that the scale of the problem became apparent. After a lot of assessment and analysis, and a degree of educated guesswork, Rally the Globe responded to the first wave of the global pandemic with a new and exciting programme of events for 2020 and 2021. Our strategy was to start with what we hoped would be safer and more secure events close to our home base, before gradually expanding our horizons back to the global view that we have been targeting since the initiation of RtG.

Early in the evolution of the new programme, as part of a sensitivity analysis, we considered the possibility of the virus returning for a second wave. Clearly, we were hoping that this would not occur, but the potential was no secret. Now that we are in the midst of the second wave of the pandemic and, despite some positive news on the vaccine front, we have taken the view that we need to progress to the next level of our contingency planning.

Therefore, in order to minimise risk to the health of our members, participants and team, and to ensure that we as an organisation are in a position to run adventurous and ground-breaking events in the future, we will postpone the events that we assess to have the highest vulnerability to a prolonged pandemic by a year.

With this in mind, the 3-week long Sfida da Ypres a Istanbul will now run in the second half of June 2022, and the 4-week long Maratona Road to Hanoi will now run in February 2023. At this point in time, we assess that our other events represent a lower risk and should be able to go ahead as planned. We have already been in contact with the current entrants on the postponed events and the majority of them are planning to join us on the new dates.

Entry forms for all our events are available on request from info@rallytheglobe.com.

RAPPORTO DI RICOGNIZIONE CARRERA ITALIA

Approfittando del fatto che l'Italia era all'epoca nella "Green List" del Regno Unito, Jim Smith e io siamo volati a Milano a metà settembre per esplorare le strade del Nord Italia che presto saranno chiuse dalla neve.

La Carrera Italia inizia e finisce a Sanremo, ma noi abbiamo ripreso il percorso in Piemonte, in uno splendido circuito internazionale di kart che ospiterà la prima prova del secondo giorno. Da lì ci siamo diretti a nord, attraverso il capoluogo di provincia di Biella e verso le Alpi. Le strade si sono rivelate praticamente deserte e molto tortuose, come piacciono a noi. La zona era sorprendentemente remota, con molte pecore e capre nella nebbia e nelle nuvole basse. Abbiamo trovato un paio di grandi regolarità, prima di una sosta per il pranzo in una fattoria rurale.

Dopo pranzo ci siamo diretti a est verso i laghi italiani. Dopo un'ultima regolarità abbiamo trovato un'incantevole cornice in riva al lago per il Controllo Orario di fine giornata. Gli equipaggi possono fermarsi qui per tutto il tempo che vogliono, prima di percorrere 65 chilometri di autostrada fino a Como e di percorrere una strada davvero pittoresca lungo le rive del lago fino al nostro meraviglioso hotel per la notte. Il Grand Hotel Tremezzo è lussuosamente bello e ha una splendida vista sul lago, oltre a essere una delle strutture meglio gestite che abbia mai avuto il piacere di provare.

La mattina dopo, abbiamo dovuto staccarci dalla terrazza della colazione e rimetterci in viaggio. Dopo aver lasciato il lago di Como abbiamo trovato una regolarità interessante, con molti tornanti che hanno dato filo da torcere agli automobilisti di prima mattina. La strada principale verso est è stata meno interessante per 40 chilometri, quindi nella prossima ricognizione indagheremo su alcuni percorsi paralleli minori. Poi, in un attimo, ci siamo ritrovati di nuovo su splendide colline con una grande scelta di strade. Abbiamo trovato una splendida regolarità attraverso i terreni agricoli di montagna. Tutte le mucche ai lati della strada avevano dei campanelli al collo e il suono era straordinario in questo bellissimo ambiente.

Cercando una sosta per il caffè a Edolo, abbiamo scelto a caso l'Hotel Touring. È stata una scelta fortunata perché Simone, il proprietario, è un grande appassionato di auto d'epoca e ci ha subito parlato di riservare un parcheggio nella piazza del paese, chiedendoci perché non potevamo fermarci a pranzo.  Tuttavia, questo era dovuto al fatto che avevamo davanti il possente Passo Gavia, che quel giorno era aperto solo dalle 12.00 alle 13.00 a causa di lavori stradali. La strada sale sopra il limite degli alberi fino a 2621 metri sul livello del mare. C'è un tipico ristorante di montagna dove possiamo riprendere fiato e consumare un semplice pranzo.

Dopo la discesa a Bormio, abbiamo iniziato la salita del Passo più famoso di tutti, lo Stelvio. La sua fama comporta ovviamente un traffico turistico superiore a quello che abbiamo sperimentato altrove, quindi i tempi di percorrenza saranno di conseguenza più lenti. Si tratta comunque di una strada spettacolare, soprattutto per la serie infinita di tornanti in discesa. Abbiamo indagato su una potenziale regolarità nei frutteti della Val Venosta e siamo in attesa del permesso di utilizzare le strade. Da lì la strada principale fino a Bolzano e all'hotel a cinque stelle del rally nel centro della città. 

Dopo una rapida ispezione, Jim e io abbiamo proseguito e ci siamo addentrati rapidamente nelle Dolomiti, dove abbiamo avuto l'imbarazzo della scelta di strade interessanti. La nostra sosta notturna era stata programmata per essere un pranzo da raduno, ma durante la cena ci siamo resi conto che non sarebbe stato così.....

Il mattino seguente, di buon'ora, eravamo di nuovo in moto, con un'ispezione a metà mattina nel nostro hotel di Cortina d'Ampezzo, situato in una posizione spettacolare. Poi siamo partiti per percorrere quella che dovrebbe essere la giornata più splendida dell'intero evento, il Loop delle Dolomiti. L'intera giornata comprende una moltitudine di paesaggi meravigliosi e strade straordinarie. La giornata si concluderà in un meraviglioso ristorante di montagna, da dove i concorrenti faranno ritorno a Cortina nel tempo libero.

Da Cortina Jim e io ci siamo diretti verso l'aeroporto di Venezia e verso casa. Sono stati quattro giorni meravigliosi, anche se ci siamo chiesti come mai una zona così bella abbia finito per dare il nome alla Ford Cortina e alla Triumph Dolomite........

Non vediamo l'ora di completare il resto della ricognizione non appena i piani di viaggio lo permetteranno, e non vediamo l'ora di vedere quelli di voi che ci raggiungeranno a Sanremo tra meno di 12 mesi!