London to Lisbon
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arzuaga - Salamaca | 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.
Salamaca - 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.
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.
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.
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.
Need a car?
The Arrive & Drive scheme allows you to compete should your car be unavailable or, if you are looking to purchase a similar model in the future it gives you the chance to get to know your prospective purchase. We have a wide and varied range of vehicles to suit everyone's taste.
|Agnete Segalstad (NO)||Ole Rasmus Robak (NO)||1983||Mercedes Benz 500 SL||4973|
|Benno Britschgi (CH)||Ernst Lutz (CH)||1968||Ford Mustang||6391|
|Charles Eve (GB)||Andrew Eve (GB)||Alfa Romeo Gulia GT step nose|
|Christ Johann Collenberg (CH)||Beatrice Collenberg (CH)||1967||BMW 1800||1773|
|christian Graf von Wedel (DE)||Dr. Oleg de Lousanoff (DE)||1969||BMW 2800 CS||2800|
|Dave Smith (GB)||Phil Cottam (GB)||1972||Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce||1962|
|David Bundy (GB)||Debbie Bundy (GB)||1968||MG C GT||2912|
|David Coxon (GB)||Pete Hawkins (GB)||1966||Austin Healey Mk3 BJ8||3000|
|David Liddell (GB)||Ed Liddell (GB)||1963||Triumph TR4||2168|
|David Wilson (GB)||Stewart Rust (GB)||1965||Fiat 2300S Coupe||2279|
|Dirk de Groen (US)||Alexandra de Groen (US)||1971||BMW 2002||1990|
|Duncan Hopkinson (GB)||Kay Hopkinson (GB)||1968||MG C-GT||2912|
|Graham Platts (GB)||1956||Austin Healey 100M||2660|
|Ivan Pusnik (SI)||Tisa Pusnik (SI)||1973||SAAB 99 L||1985|
|John Todd (GB)||Joanna Turner (GB)||1970||Mercedes Benz 280SL Pagoda||2800cc|
|John Whitelock (GB)||Nicole Whitelock (GB)|
|Jorge Frey (CH)||Ralph Reipen (CH)||1972||Porsche 911||2400|
|Julian Adams (GB)||David Blackburn (GB)||1975||Ford Escort RS 2000 Mk2||1992|
|Julian Reddyhough (KY)||Gus Pope (KY)||1966||Aston Martin DB6|
|Ken Binstead (GB)||Sarah Binstead (GB)||1959||Austin Healey 3000||2998|
|Lindsay Dawson (GB)||nick Dawson (GB)||1975||Datsun 260Z||2600|
|Lord Irvine Laidlaw (GB)||Annabel Jones (GB)||1973||Porsche 2.7RS||2700|
|Ludovic Bois (FR)||Julia Colman (GB)||1969||Volvo Amazon||2000|
|Malcolm Dunderdale (GB)||Anita Wickins (GB)|
|Martin Andrew (GB)||Michelle Andrew (GB)||1962||Volvo PV544||1780|
|Martyn Reeves (GB)||John Parrott (GB)||1981||Porsche 924 Carrera GT||1984|
|Matthew Todd (GB)||Gavin Gobell (GB)||1975||Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce||1962|
|Michael Moss (GB)||James Ewing (GB)||1985||VW Golf Gti Mk 2||1800|
|Mike Dixon (GB)||Liz Dixon (GB)||1973||MG BGT||1800|
|Mike Ellis (GB)||Kang Bi Ellis (JP)||1975||Mercedes Benz SLC 350||3500|
|Oliver Treutlein (DE)||Elke Treutlein (DE)||1930||Bentley Open Tourer Le Mans||7986|
|Paul Crosby (GB)||Pete Johnson (GB)||1969||Porsche 911||2195|
|Paul Hughes (GB)||Hannah Jenkins (GB)||1973||Mercedes Benz 350 SL||3499|
|Peter Jackson (GB)||Rayna Jackson (GB)||1973||MG MGB GT V8||3500|
|Peter Morton (GB)||Louise Morton (GB)||1973||BMW 2002||1990|
|Peter Myles (GB)||Louise Myles (GB)||1984||Porsche 911||3200|
|Reto Mebes (CH)||Hans-Juergen Benze (DE)|
|Richard Bowser (GB)||James Bowser (GB)||1967||Austin Healey Mk3||2997cc|
|Rob Collinge (GB)||Ian Milne (GB)||1966||Ford Mustang||4700|
|Roy Stephenson (GB)||Peter Robinson (GB)||1971||Datsun 240Z||2400|
|Stephen Hardwick (GB)|
|Tom Smith (US)||Don Polak (US)|
|Tom Woodcock (GB)||Rachel Woodcock (GB)||1967||MG B GT||1841|
|tony Sutton (AU)||Aidan Mawhinney (GB)|