Previous Rallies

Stories and pictures from our earlier rallies – we’re trying to cover the globe and each country’s flag is on the bonnet – there’s still a lot of space……..

Previous Rallies

  • Paris to Peking 2013

    June 2015 – The Volvo has now been sold and moved to Ipswich. The new owner plans to take it on rallies so we wish him and “the camel” good travelling and hope they enjoy doing well! 29 June and we arrive in Paris without mishap! There was a warm reception for the cars and Rita and [...]

  • 23rd Classic Marathon

    The 23rd Classic Marathon effectively started at Portsmouth harbour when the cars taking the ferry to Bilbao were scrutineered. Even at this early stage there was drama – a Lotus Cortina was overheating whilst in the “big” Healey the navigator trod on the fire extinguisher setting off clouds of powder in and around the car. 30 [...]

  • Porsche Club Isle of Man Tour 2011

    Porsche Club Manx Tour May 2011 An early start meant we were in good time for the fast craft to the Isle of Man in spite of going under the Mersey Tunnel by mistake, due to moment of navigational inexactitude by Allison. One Porsche grounded a bit going on to the ferry, which unsurprisingly was full of [...]

  • Patagonia 2010

    17Mar – we’ve reached the rally hotel in Valparaiso – End. Yesterday evening the support landrover arrived on a low loader and this morning we heard that Conrad’s Alfa had arrived in Mendoza. We set off earlyish for the border with Chile. Leaving Maipu there was a holdup on the dual carriageway – the problem [...]

  • Himalayan Elan

    Our 2007 trip was to the roof of the world or as near as we could manage. Our trip was to India, Nepal and Bhutan, the car may not have actually seen Everest – but we did from a chartered sightseeing jet from Kathmandu airport! The trip was planned well in advance and the cars [...]

  • SCCON 2010

    Midsummer Classic Car Run 20th June, 2010 The start at Hingham had 92 cars with 7 Lotus Elans, the most we have ever seen on the Run. Two Stanley steam cars attracted much attention and were later spotted filling up from a stream ant the Lake at Holkham Hall – good alternative to petrol. A run to [...]

  • Broadland MG

    Broadland MG Owners Club heritage run on 3rd May 2010 The yellow Elan took part in this on a very windy and sometimes squally day. The start was at Caister Lifeboat station just north of Yarmouth on the Norfolk coast and with a few “don’t roll it overs” we set off to look at the [...]

  • Tiger Rally 2008

    Asian Elan Before the car had even come back from Calcutta after its Himalayan adventures we had booked onto the 2008 Tiger Rally from Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi; there was however just a little bit of work to do and only six months to do it. The known things were a respray, brake overhaul and rebuild [...]

  • Albania 2002

    Why are we doing this? A report on the 2002 World Cup Rally London – Dubrovnik – Albania – Athens We have never been rallying before but the 2001 London – Sahara – London rally sounded interesting and we thought we would try it out. First step was a weekend practice (in a Mercedes 300TD!) in Northern France [...]

  • Iceland 2008

    Our Asian trip in March was very gentle on the car so there was just the clutch and the rear shock absorbers to replace before our trip to Iceland.  After Immingham we next saw the car in a container in Reykjavik.  Our first stop was scrutineering in an MOT station but I still cannot tell [...]

  • Casablanca 2009

    The Casablanca Challenge lived up to its name but none of our challenges were as a result of the rally! We started with a newly rebuilt engine which had done about a thousand miles before the first “selectif” over Forestry Commission tracks in Kent. The cars were grouped into four categories – vintageant, classics, modern sub-1400 [...]

  • World Cup Dakar 2005

    The car that went to Dakar 2005 World Cup London to Dakar Rally The Paris Dakar rally conjures up images of desert challenge and the ultimate rally experience.  So when the World Cup organisers announced the London to Dakar rally our names were soon on the list. On our previous World Cup rally (Albania and Athens in [...]