A brand-new event on the Rally the Globe calendar will take us from
Belgium’s rally capital of Ypres to Istanbul.

“To the edges of the Orient”

13 June to 3 July 2022

Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey

Click the link below to read our Ypres to Istanbul Challenge Second Recce Report

You can also view the first Recce Report via the link below

Event Highlights

The rally starts with an interesting day of Regularities and Tests in Flanders over some well-rallied roads. Along the way there will be many poignant reminders of the battles fought between 1914 and 1918. From there it’s on to Spa, another famous rally – and race – town for yet more competitive sections.

The next few days see us enter Germany and drive through the Eifel with its wonderful winding roads and lush vegetation. Then, onwards through the former East Germany, where away from the main cities, one could often imagine being in the 1960s, before arriving in the Czech capital Prague for our first rest day.

Fully refreshed, we head southeast through the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Romania – four countries in five days. Rallying is a popular sport in these parts and we are relying on local enthusiasts for some excellent and varied Tests and Regularities. Our final rest day is in the Romanian capital Bucharest where the world’s largest parliamentary building, constructed in the 1980s by former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, will be hard to miss.

From Bucharest we head east and spend a night on the shores of the Black Sea, before heading back into the mountains around one of Bulgaria’s major wine centres, Plovdiv.

The final frontier on the event takes us into Turkey, where we will stay near the narrow straits of the Dardanelles. Finally, we skirt the coast of the sea of Marmara before arriving in Istanbul and our luxury hotel overlooking the Bosphorus, the gateway to Asia.

We hope you can join us!


KM of driving







Where and when…

Monday 13 June 2022

Scrutineering, Signing-On & Welcome Dinner, Ypres

Tuesday 14 June 2022

Rally Start from Ypres

Sunday 3 July 2022

Rally Finish, Prize-giving and Gala Dinner, Istanbul
Eligible Cars:

Cars of a specification produced before 31 December 1976
Separate classification for cars of a specification produced before 31 December 1945
Please check with us if you are not sure your car is eligible.


There will be three or four Regularity sections each day on twisty but quiet minor roads, some of which will be gravel. There will be a number of Tests on racing and kart circuits, airfields farm tracks etc. Time Control Sections will be included on remote roads.

Roads used:

Both asphalt and gravel roads will be used competitively. Car damaging roads will be avoided, but you and your car should be prepared for some bumpy and stony sections in the remoter reaches of the route.


We strive to provide the best quality accommodation available. In some of the remoter parts of the route our options are limited, but when we are in more mainstream locations the hotels will be top quality. Dinner, a light lunch and coffee will be provided on most competition days.


Non-competitive sections will be defined by a detailed tulip Road Book. Regularity and Time Control Sections may involve Road Book, map or other methods of defining the route. However there will be no “tricks”.

Event Category:

View the published entry list by clicking the link below!

-Clint Smith (GB) / Dawn Smith (GB)Bentley 3/4½45001925-
-Keith Ashworth (GB) / Norah Ashworth (GB)Bentley 4½ Le Mans45001927-
-Graham Goodwin (GB) / Marina Goodwin (GB)Bentley 4½53001929-
-Richard Phillipson (GB) / Catherine Phillipson (GB)Alvis Firefly Special35001933-
-Jean Vincent (BE) & Marcel Peumans (BE)Bentley Speed Six45001934-
-Andrew Boland (IRL) / Ann Boland (IRL)Ford V8 Convertible36001936-
-Renate Hanselmann (FL) / Lukas Ospelt (FL)Ford Model 91A36001939-
-Tony Rowe (GB) / Mark Delling (GB)Ford DeLuxe V8 91A Coupe36001939-
-Mike Harrison (GB) / Lorna Harrison (GB)Volvo PV54418001959-
-Phillip Monks (GB) / Trish Monks (GB)Jaguar Mk 234421961-
-Michael Eatough (GB) / Marcus Eatough (GB)Mercedes-Benz 230 S Fintail27781965-
-Roy Stephenson (GB) / Mark Bramall (GB)Ford Mustang47001965-
-Steve Verrall (GB) / Jenny Verrall (GB)Porsche 91119911965-
-Bertie van Houtte (F) / Charlotte van Houtte (GB)Porsche 91120001965-
-Anthony Verloop (NL) / Sonja Verloop (NL)Mercedes-Benz 280 SE27481968-
-John Whitelock (GB) / Nicole Whitelock (GB)Mercedes-Benz 280 SL28001968-
-David Roberts (GB) / Jo Robert (GB)Triumph TR25024981968-
-Barry Nash (GB) / Malcolm Lister (GB)Rover P5B35311969-
-Daniel Wiedemann (F) / Barbara Wiedemann (F)Mercedes-Benz 280 SL27781970-
-Enrico Paggi (IT) / Federica Mascetti (IT)Fiat 124 Spider BS116081971-
-Joe Hayes (USA) / Kate Hayes (USA)Porsche 91130001973-
-Otakar Chládek (CZ) / Jindřiška Žemličková (CZ)Mercedes-Benz 350 SL35001973-
-Ean Lewin (GB) / Alison Lewin (GB)Ford Escort Mexico16011973-
-Phillip Blunden (AUS) / Lynda Blunden (AUS)MGB GT18001974-
-Michael Kershaw (GB) / Elizabeth Comstock-Smith (GB)Land Rover Range Rover Classic45001981-
-Phil Macwhirter (AUS) / Laurette Macwhirter (AUS)Citroën 2CV6021982-

Request an entry form

To request more information and an entry form for the Ypres to Istanbul Challenge, please click on the button below and fill in the required details.

You can also contact the Rally the Globe office on +44 (0) 113 360 8961, or email directly via info@rallytheglobe.com

Reasons to book With Us!

Rally the Globe is a not-for-profit club that exists to support a broad family of motorsport enthusiasts who want to explore the world in historic and classic vehicles. All our club’s rallies come with highly experienced support crew and safety cover including:

Expert teams of sweep mechanics

On-call doctor or paramedic

Recommendations of experts in crew training and car preparation, shipping and insurance

Advice, encouragement and assistance from our friendly and knowledgeable team