Inaugural Ridge Runner Rally sells out in 24 hours

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Michael Caine, the Aston Martin and Hazel Collinson in a still from The Italian Job movie. Collinson will take part in a movie-car reunion this weekend in London | London Classic Car Show photo

Historic Sportscar Racing sanctions vintage racing events at Sebring, Road Atlanta, Barber Motorsports Park, Mont-Tremblant and Daytona. It also decided to offer its first vintage sports car road rally event in 2019. If you weren’t among the first 15 to apply, you’re out of luck because the inaugural HSR Ridge Runner Rally sold out within 24 hours.

The rally is scheduled for June 23-28, starting and ending in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with visits to the Blue Ridge, Georgia and North Carolina on the route, with likely stops at Penske Racing and a tour of Rick Hendrick’s car collection and the Wheels Through Time Museum.

Based on the quick sell-out of the 15 available places, HSR says it is considering a reservations wait list for the 2020 Ridge Runner Rally. 

FIVA offers rally tour of Austria

The Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens will stage three vintage vehicle rallies during 2019, starting May 22-26 with the Austria Classic.

“The Austria Classic is intended as a ‘regularity event and/or touristic discovery trip’ to enjoy not only driving your own historic vehicle, but also the architectural, geographical and cultural diversity of Austria,” said Robert Krickl, president of the Austrian Motor Veteran Federation, which is among five clubs helping to organize the event.

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The rally will cover 650 kilometers, starting in Vienna.

“We look forward to welcoming historic vehicle owners from many different countries to join our exploration of Austria, in company with other enthusiasts who are keen to meet new people, while enjoying their cars and the spectacular Austrian scenery and culture,” Krickl added.

For registration information, visit the rally website.

FIVA motorcycle rally explores Istria

Motorcycle rally poster

FIVA also offers a World Motorcycle Rally in 2019 for bikes built prior to 1984. The three-day event June 28-30 will visit Istria, the peninsula shared by Croatia, Slovenia and part of Italy.

“It is in Istria that the world-renowned truffle can be found, where charming hilltop villages welcome visitors – and it’s easy to enjoy gourmet meals and fine Istrian wines while discovering local secrets, history and spectacular sites,” FIVa notes.

“Of particular interest to many will be the third day of the tour, dedicated to Trieste in Italy, where participants can preview the exhibition on Camillo Castiglioni (a huge influence on early BMW) at Palazzo Gopcevich, and ride the legendary climb of the ‘Trieste-Opicina’ race. 

“Starting from Piazza Unità d’Italia in downtown Trieste, the tour will follow the route of the race that ran from 1911 to 1971 and became known as ‘The Uphill Monza’, arriving some 10km later on the Karst plateau, around 330m above sea-level.”

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For details, visit the tour website.

Going to the Sun registration ends February 14

Valentine’s Day is the deadline for registration for the 15th Going To The Sun Rally, scheduled for September 3-8 in Montana. See the event website for details.

Italian Job reunion

Bedford bus is being re-created, and hopefully finished in time for London Classic Car Show this weekend | LCCS photo

We shared news recently of the “Ultimate Italian Job Tour,” an 11-day, 1,400-mile driving adventure for E-type Jaguars and pre-1970s Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and Minis being staged by the E-type Club and Classics on the Road.

The rally groups aren’t the only ones celebrating the movie’s 50th anniversary this year. This weekend, an Italian Job vehicle reunion will be staged during the London Classic Car Show, featuring the movie’s E-type Jaguars, the Aston Martin DB4 convertible and replicas of the trio of Minis (the original red, white and blue movie cars no longer exist).

Also taking part will be a replica of the OM Furgonato Sicurezza “Bullion” van and, if it is finished in time for the show, a re-creation of the Harrington Legionnaire bus will take part in the reunion gathering (the original was put back into bus service after the movie and was scrapped in the 1990s).

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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