50 Classics on 2500 mile Rally

Over fifty classic cars set off on 2,386 mile rally to Lisbon

The Portuguese Ambassador to the UK, his Excellency Mr. João de Vellera will flag off over fifty classic cars this Saturday (April 27th at 12:30 pm) when they leave Greenwich, London, on a 2386-mile rally to Lisbon.

The 2013 edition of the famous London-Lisboa rally has attracted entries from across the world, with participants from the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, the USA and Mexico. It will see some 120 competitors battling it out through four countries and taking part in more than 37 tests and regularities.

The drivers, many of them hardened rally veterans but also a number of first timers, will drive an average of 200/250 miles a day through England, France, Spain and Portugal before arriving in Lisbon on May 5th, where Her Excellency Mrs Jill Gallard, the British Ambassador to Portugal will receive the crews and officially stop the clocks alongside the Deputy Mayor of Lisbon, Mr Manuel Brito, on the famous Praca do Commercio.

The rally has also attracted a complete cross section of famous classics ranging from a 1930 Austin 7 Ulster to a 1930 Riley Brooklands 9HP, a 1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud and a 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, amongst others.

Patrick Burke, joint Managing Director of HERO, said: “The response has been amazing. This will be a real challenge for drivers but also a moving spectacle for people along the route, and we encourage them to come out and watch.”

Organized by HERO, the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation, the event is a qualifying round of the 2013 HERO Cup, in association with EFG International.

At 12:30pm Saturday 27th April, the first car will be flagged off from De Vere Hotel, Devonport House, King William Walk, Greenwich, London, SE10 9JW on the London to Lisboa Reliability Trial and Tour in the presence of His Excellency Mr. João de Vallera.

The route includes some of the best scenery in England, France, Spain and Portugal.

–    Day 1: Saturday 27th April – Greenwich (London) to Portsmouth (United Kingdom)

–    Day 2: Sunday 28th April – Saint Malo to Poitiers (France)

–    Day 3: Monday 29th April – Poitiers to Pau (France)

–    Day 4: Tuesday 30th April – Pau to Burgos (Spain)

–    Day 5: Wednesday 1st May – Burgos to Leon (Spain)

–    Day 6: Thursday 2nd May – Leon to Ourense (Spain)

–    Day 7: Friday 3rd May – Ourense to Vila Real (Portugal)

–    Day 8: Saturday 4th May – Vila Real to Caramulo (Portugal)

–    Day 9: Sunday 5th May – Caramulo to Lisbon (Portugal)

About H.E.R.O

The Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (H.E.R.O.) is a classic car club recognised by the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association (the MSA – the official governing body for motor sport in the UK, affiliated to the FIA) and, through its membership of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, is affiliated to FIVA – the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens. A classic car endurance rallying club that dates over eighteen years, HERO has organized more than 90 events (trials and tours) especially for classic cars. HERO also offers a wide range of services such as the Arrive & Drive classic/rally car hire program, corporate and bespoke event planning and organisation, storage and transport logistic, a Premier Membership that offers discounts throughout its network of Partners; making it a truly integrated one stop shop platform.

For more information please visit: HERO


All information correct at time of publishing.


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