In looking through old photos we have come across hundreds of photographs of the cars that have joined us over the years so we thought we would display some of them here for you to have a look through as it really does give you a flavour of previous rallies, and what is to come on the next one too.
Our next rally will be our sixth. If you would like a feel for what the rallies are like, then do have a look at the following pages. Some of these are round ups by participants after the fact and some are the itinerary before we set off but they do give you a flavour of the events.
Our intention is to do daily updates from the Vietnam / Myanmar / Vietnam trip as technology has moved on from our first trip in 2005 and now makes this easier to achieve!
It all started in 2005 with London to Sydney, a three month journey that really was quite the adventure and has been our longest rally to date at over 18,000 miles. Here Neil gives us his round up of the trip: London to Sydney 2005
In 2008 we drove from Panama to Alaska. Sixteen classic cars drove the 11,000 miles through nine countries and here David gives us his account of the trip: Panama to Alaska 2008
Our next trip was in Rallye Med in 2010. This was quite the trip and we are lucky enough to have a comprehensive round up of the trip, thanks to the collective efforts of all who joined the trip. You can read them all here: Rallye Med 2010
2012 saw us do La Gira Andina and we don’t have a personal account after the trip but we do have the itinerary here in three posts that gives you a flavour of the trip: Days 1 to 16 , Days 17 to 34 and finally days 35 to 55
2016 was a Pan American Rally taking 37 of the best driving routes in America. This resulted in over 11,000 miles covering 37 States in just seven weeks. An easier drive in some respects as the terrain was more straight forward than in some previous trips but that didn’t make it any less of a challenge. We have broken this down into seven posts and they can all be found from this page here: Pan America 2016
For a flavour of what the rallies are about, below are a selection of photographs taken on the trips. They really do capture the essence of what it is we are about, friendship, and seeing the world
Days 43 and 44
Staying North of Philadelphia, the route meets the Delaware River and follows alongside it before diverging away to reach the Hudson near West Point. After a stretch beside the Hudson, we take the “Taconic State Parkway” to Bennington where several covered bridges await inspection on rest day.
Vermont trees should have turned a suitable colour for our inspection as we spend a leisurely day on the “Green Mountain Highway”. Plenty of time to stop for photos as we drive through the local ski areas passing the occasional maple sugar still and several more covered bridges.
A busy day through New Hampshire’s White Mountains where we detour to drive the “Mount Washington Auto Road” to the windy summit. After enjoying the view, we head to Maine with its countless lakes and endless forests.
We drive out to the East Coast of Maine and follow the craggy coastline with its quaint fishing ports and lobster shacks to Portland. We lodge near the waterfront
which is crowded with seafood restaurants.
We follow the coast again through the picturesque resorts of Kennebunkport and Ogunquit to the end of the journey in Boston.
Days 49 and 50
After delivering the vehicles to the collection point from our central hotel, time to visit the Freedom Trail and the historic Beacon Hill area or maybe try just one
Our hotel in Tupelo is handy for the Auto Museum with 150 cars from 1869 onwards. After visiting, we pass Elvis Presley’s modest birthplace before continuing
on the Trace Parkway to arrive mid-afternoon in the music city of Nashville to check out the downtown music clubs, honky tonk bars and restaurants for the evening.
We head out towards the Appalachians to ride the iconic ‘Tail of the Dragon’ road with 318 curves in 11 miles much loved by bikers. The rest of the day is on more gentle roads through the Great Smoky Mountains to arrive in good time at our hotel in Asheville, North Carolina. The town suffered so badly during the depression that new buildings were rarely considered. As a result, it has been left with a wealth of Art Deco buildings which you can enjoy on a walking tour that also includes street sculptures by local artists. It is also famous for restaurants stocked by local farmers’ markets and for its microbreweries.
A full day of leisurely cruising in Virginia and North Carolina on the beautiful “Blue Ridge Parkway” decked in its autumn colours.
A short stretch on the Blue Ridge before we head for Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War and on to our rest stop at Williamsburg.
Williamsburg was the capital of the colony of Virginia from 1699. The restored eighteenth century town has become the world’s largest living history museum covering 301 acres with hundreds of authentic buildings, many staffed by costumed interpreters. A short drive away is a reconstruction of the fort of the first permanent colony, Jamestown, established in 1607, with replicas of the settlers’ three ships. Also nearby is Yorktown, the site of the battle where Cornwallis finally surrendered to Washington.
The route crosses from the mainland via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel to the Delmarva Peninsular, a flat rural landscape of small traditional settlements and agricultural land. A visit to the barrier island on the East Coast may afford glimpses of the feral ponies that roam the grassland and wide beaches. Our overnight stay is on the West Coast in the small port town of Oxford on Chesapeake Bay in the company of residents Ian and Glynis Scott, our good rally friends.
We cross the bay to Annapolis and head for the Military Park at Gettysburg where the Union army halted General Lee’s Northern push. On the battlefield the highest casualties of the war were inflicted and it was here that Lincoln later gave his famous address. We move on to the Amish area of the state taking some minor roads for an insight into their way of life. Our hotel is at Ephrata where a strict religious community was formed in 1732 . The wooden buildings of the cloister constructed by the German settlers can be visited.
Days 29 and 30.
Leaving the plains behind, the route plunges into the forests of Arkansas where we overnight in the thermal resort of Hot Springs.
On reaching the mighty Mississippi, the journey becomes immersed in Civil War history. We cross the river to Vicksburg which was pivotal in the war. The
military park holds the restored USS Cairo, an ironclad gunboat used against the Confederacy. We stay in a hotel overlooking the Mississippi in Natchez, a small town where wealthy slave-owning southern planters built their homes and shipped out the cotton and sugar cane. Many of these superb ante-bellum homes remain in the town.
A circuitous route through creole country surrounded by the bayous leads us to our two day rest stop in New Orleans.
At leisure in the city of jazz, riverboats, ironwork balconies and creole cuisine.
We return to Natchez to pick up the start of the “Natchez Trace Parkway”, and we spend the day meandering along the route of the old walking trail to Tennessee. No billboards spoil the view and no commercial traffic is allowed. There are sights along the way such as Emerald Mound, the location of a ceremonial centre from 1250 to 1600.
After following the Snake and Salt Rivers through wooded highlands, time to stop at the turquoise waters of Bear Lake for coffee or to hire a jet ski. The water will
have warmed up nicely by now. In the afternoon we pass alongside Flaming Gorge.
A short trip in desolate high desert country with the 1000 foot high Book Cliffs a constant feature in the distance. Lunchtime arrival in Moab to allow a leisurely exploration of a choice of National parks.
A busy day with an early chance for non-members to join the Moki Dugway Club. After admiring the incredible view from the top, we will be driving down this hairpin gravel track on our way to Monument Valley for some iconic motoring photo opportunities. A 17 mile track leads through the mesas and buttes of this Navajo Tribal Park.
We begin with a history lesson in Mesa Verde National Park where the Anasazi or Pueblo culture built rock dwellings under overhanging cliffs between 600 and 1300. After visiting the extensive park, a four-lane highway takes us over the Continental Divide to our next rest day.
The Pueblo culture is handsomely reflected in the beautiful adobe city of Santa Fe where we have a day of leisure in the oldest and highest state capital. The city has Spanish colonial charm, is a centre of the arts and has a wide range of shops together with an eclectic mix of fine restaurants.
Driving north through New Mexico we pass Taos, where artists created a colony to take advantage of the clear mountain light. Galleries and museums display
their work. After crossing the Rio Grande bridge which passes 172 metres above the river, we enter Colorado with the Rocky Mountains to the West. Last challenge of the day is to drive the famous International Hill Climb route up to Pike’s Peak. Just drive the 156 turns over 12 miles to the 14,110 foot summit, then take a coffee at the café on top and imagine being a competitor in the downhill skate board race which is held every year over the course.
A very long transit day, mainly on the Interstate, through flat prairie land takes us to Kansas City where friends are arranging a service day for all the vehicles
and promise some local hospitality