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London to Lisbon

Starts In
1
Hour
Start Date
25/04/24
Finish Date
04/05/24
Length of Route
2800
Distance Travelled (Km)
Approx. Daily Distance
280
Distance Travelled (Km)
Vehicle Eligibility
Pre 1991
(Pre 31/12/81 eligible for overall results)
Event Level
Event Level
Intermediate
Exp. No. of Tests
8
Exp. No. of Regularities
35
HERO-ERA Cup Co-Efficient
1

This 10-day adventure is back for 2024, winding its way South from London, down the western side of Europe through four different countries to the Atlantic coastline and Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon. Overnight halts in cities such as Bordeaux, San Sebastian, Salamanca, and the Douro Valley are among the highlights on this seventh edition of this spring-time classic that makes the most of these beautiful regions away from the busy tourist season.

A route stretching across 2,800km of Europe’s quietest roads and scenic views await the participants, crossing all varieties of landscapes from rolling vineyards and flat marshlands to the Pyrenees mountains, Douro Valley, and numerous National Parks.

The Route

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Event Schedule

Day 0

Scrutineering & Documentation

Scrutineering, documentation and pre-event training will take place during the afternoon giving crews a free evening to relax and take command of their thoughts before the adventure begins.

Day 1

Brooklands - Saint Malo | 180KM

After a wonderful start at Brooklands Motor Museum we wind our way south through the Surrey Hills and the South Downs, via a thoroughly enjoyable lunch halt on our way to Portsmouth for the overnight ferry to Saint Malo. A couple of tests and a few regularities en route, this opening day will settle the nerves and give confidence for the nine days of continental driving that lay ahead.

Day 2

Saint Malo - La Rochelle | 350KM

After disembarking the ferry, the morning route will allow crews to relax into driving abroad on their way to the French restart. Travelling south through the Brittany countryside and into the Vendée will offer scenic views and quiet country roads before crossing the Parc naturel régional du Marais Poitevin en route to our overnight halt in the historic seaside town of La Rochelle, the capital of the Charente Maritime region.

Day 3

La Rochelle - Bordeaux | 250KM

Our second day in France provides ample opportunity to enjoy the central regions of France and the wonderful vineyards that provide us with Cognac brandy and fine Bordeaux wines. We are hopeful of a visit to a winery during the day before finishing up in the centre of Bordeaux, which offers a diverse and exquisite gastronomic experience, the perfect location for crews to enjoy a free night to enjoy a restaurant of their choice.

Day 4

Bordeaux - San Sebastian | 320KM

The final day in France takes us deep into the Parc naturel régional des Landes de Gascogne for a pleasant morning drive through the secluded pine forests before reaching the foothills of the Pyrenees for lunch. The afternoon will consist of a number of twisty regularity sections in the Pyrenees mountains before we cross into Spain and descend to our overnight rest halt in San Sebastián on the Bay of Biscay.

Day 5

San Sebastian - Arzuaga | 400KM

Leaving the Bay of Biscay in our rear-view mirror, we head into Spain’s mountainous Basque Country for a morning of enjoyable roads before the landscape gives way to the Parque Natural Sierra de Cebollera en route to the infamous Rioja wine region. The afternoon brings the route south-west into the province of Burgos where crews will end the longest day of this adventure at a beautiful countryside Hotel in the heart of the Ribera del Duero, Bodega Arzuaga.

Day 6

Arzuaga - Salamanca | 200KM

A much shorter day at the mid-point of the route will give crews the opportunity to re-coup and focus on the remaining days in a relaxed setting. The day will navigate south-west across the farmlands of the province of Ávila before arriving in the historical city of Salamanca. With plenty of time to roam the streets of its Old City which is now declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 7

Salamanca - Douro Valley | 320KM

Departing Salamanca, the route heads west across the provinces’ rural landscapes towards the Portuguese border which is where we meet the Douro river and begin weaving a route deep into the Douro Valley through its magnificent sloping vineyards that stretch from the high slopes, deep into the river valley below. There will be many opportunities to stop and take in the views of this the oldest demarcated wine region in the world and famous for its Port wine.

Day 8

Douro Valley - Serra da Estrela | 320KM

Winding out of the Douro first thing, the route takes in some extreme panoramic views as we climb into the Maciço da Gralheira including the Portal do Inferno, an unforgettable road for any motoring enthusiast. Lunch will be enjoyed at Caramulo where crews will also be able to enjoy the thrill of the closed road hill climb. The afterno en route weaves and climbs once again into the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, our overnight rest halt.

Day 9

Serra da Estrela - Alcobaça | 300KM

Descending quickly from the mountains, the route weaves its way once again through the Coimbra District via attractive scenery such as the Miradouro do Cabeço da Urra before crossing the Rio Zézere river on our way to the naturally beautiful overnight halt in Alcobaça, which is famous for its churches and monasteries one of which is the location our overnight stop.

Day 10

Alcobaça - Lisbon | 220KM

The final trek south will be made at a relaxed pace to allow crews to gather their thoughts before the final descent into Lisbon and the rewards of reaching the finishing line of this European adventure. The competition will finish mid-afternoon allowing everyone to unwind in the beautiful surroundings before enjoying the celebrations at the gala dinner and awards presentation.

Entry List

DriverNavigatorYearVehicleCC
Agnete SegalstadOle Rasmus Robak (NO)1983Mercedes Benz 500 SL4973
Benno Britschgi (CH)Ernst Lutz (CH)1968Ford Mustang6391
Broder Redlefsen (DE)Dietrich Hatlapa (DE)1978Porsche 911 SC2994
Charles Eve (GB)Andrew Eve (GB)1964Alfa Romeo Giulia GT Step Nose1750
Christ Johann Collenberg (CH)Beatrice Collenberg (CH)1967BMW 18001773
Christian Graf von Wedel (DE)Dr. Oleg de Lousanoff (DE)1969BMW 2800 CS2800
Dave Maryon (GB)Henry Carr (GB)1966MG B Roadster1798
Dave Smith (GB)Phil Cottam (GB)1972Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce1962
David Bundy (GB)Debbie Bundy (GB)1968MG C GT2912
David Liddell (GB)Ed Liddell (GB)1963Triumph TR42168
David McNeill (IE)Noel Kelly (IM)1968MG C GT2912
David Wilson (GB)Stewart Rust (GB)1965Fiat 2300S Coupe2279
Dick Baines (GB)Harry Baines (GB)1965Austin Mini Cooper s1275
Dirk de Groen (US)Alexandra de Groen (US)1972BMW 1602 (A&D)1573
Duncan Hopkinson (GB)Kay Hopkinson (GB)1968MG C GT2912
George W Topp (GB)Rosalind Topp (GB)1966Volvo Amazon 132S1990
Graham Platts (GB)Neil Ripley (GB)1956Austin Healey 100M2660
Ivan Pusnik (SI)Tisa Pusnik (SI)1981Porsche 928S4662
John Todd (GB)Joanna Turner (GB)1970Mercedes Benz 280SL Pagoda2800
John Whitelock (GB)Nicole Whitelock (GB)1972Lancia Fulvia 1600 HF1573
Jorge Frey (CH)Ralph Reipen (CH)1972Porsche 9112400
Julian Adams (GB)David Blackburn (GB)1975Ford Escort RS 2000 Mk21998
Julian Reddyhough (GB)Gus Pope (GB)1966Aston Martin DB63995
Ken Binstead (GB)Sarah Binstead (GB)1959Austin Healey 30002998
Lindsay Dawson (GB)Nick Dawson (GB)1975Datsun 260Z2600
Ludovic Bois (FR)Julia Colman (GB)1969Volvo Amazon2000
Malcolm Dunderdale (GB)Anita Wickins (GB)1975Mercedes 280CE2800
Martin Andrew (GB)Michelle Andrew (GB)1962Volvo PV5441780
Martyn Reeves (GB)John Parrott (GB)1981Porsche 924 Carrera GT1984
Matthew Todd (GB)Gavin Gobell (GB)1975Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce1962
Michael Moss (GB)James Ewing (GB)1985Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk21800
Mike Dixon (GB)Liz Dixon (GB)1973MG BGT1800
Mike Ellis (GB)Kang Bi Ellis (JP)1975Mercedes Benz SLC 3503500
Nick Brayshaw (GB)Bernard Northmore (GB)1970Alfa Romeo 1750GTV1779
Oliver Treutlein (DE)Elke Treutlein (DE)1925Bentley 3 Litre
Paul Crosby (GB)Pete Johnson (GB)1969Porsche 9112195
Paul Hughes (GB)Hannah Jenkins (GB)1973Mercedes Benz 350 SL3499
Peter Jackson (GB)Rayna Jackson (GB)1973MG B GT V83500
Peter Morton (GB)Louise Morton (GB)1973BMW 20021990
Richard Bowser (GB)James Bowser (GB)1967Austin Healey Mk32997
Richard De Watts (GB)Arati De Watts (IN)1973MG B1798
Rob Collinge (GB)Ian Milne (GB)1966Ford Mustang4700
Roy Stephenson (GB)Peter Robinson (GB)1971Datsun 240Z2400
Stephen Hardwick (GB)Ian Riley (GB)1971Alfa Romeo Giulia GT1962
Tom MoloneyTom Moloney (GB)1971Triumph Stag2998
Tom Smith (US)Don Polak (US)1961Volvo PV5441778
Tom Woodcock (GB)Rachel Woodcock (GB)1972Datsun 240Z2753
Tony Sutton (AU)Aidan Mawhinney (GB)1984Porsche 19843200

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