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Borghi e Palazzi on the Mille Miglia road

The 16th edition of the Via Flaminia has the subtitle “Borghi e Palazzi” or “villages and palaces”. We will be staying in restructured villages and palaces, which is a word used widely in Italy and refers to large (family) mansions.

If you choose so, we will be bringing your classic car to the airport of Firenze. From there you drive to Siene for an wine tasting and guided tour at the Villa Trasqua wine estate. As you may know Villa Trasqua is the official wine of the Mille Miglia. This famous domain also offers three bottles for the nr 1, 2 and 3 winners of our rally. After the tasting it is only a few kilometers to the first hotel, Villa Scacciapensieri in the commune of Siena. There you may indulge at the pool.

The next day, on Sunday, we will be crossing the Apennines to the east. A very nice drive, leaving Tuscany and taking the smaller roads gently climbing into oblivion, leaving civilisation behind us, replacing traffic for cows and old Fiat 500’s.

Our destination is a picture-book perfect walled village, which has been converted to accommodate guests. How come I haven’t found this gem before? For two nights we take much of this hill-perched village for ourselves and will be discovering the surrounding Marche region on the next day. Ranges of lush hills with the Adriatic as backdrop are the setting for our trip.

From the Marche we drive back over the Apennines into Umbria and we come to a marvel, which even surpasses the previous village. This fortified village is often used for weddings. It is well rebuilt to modern standards and even has a swimming pool. The next morning we will have a short drive leaving the option to you to either indulge at the pool or discover Orvieto at a few kilometres from our village.

After two nights in Umbria we drive east towards our beloved Abruzzo. We stay in the absolutely fabulous village of Santo Stefano. It has been restructured to high standards while leaving the authentic aspect.

The next day we drive up the Gran Sasso planes, a region, which was famous for the quality of wool provided by its sheep and part of the state of Florence. This is also why the villages were relatively rich. Personally I must have drive there over 50 times, each time the light and vegetation is different, it keeps on fascinating me.

The last hotel is a wonderful medieval castle not far from the Adriatic coast. 

The next morning it is wonderful drive over the empty and scenic highway  to the Airport of Fiumicino where we will pick up your car.

As always, the Via Flaminia is a layback rally where the competition serves the atmosphere, winning is not a goal on itself. Those who want to have a stop for a coffee can do so. No time constraint. The classification is done via navigation and the competition for the last place is sometimes fierce. Unless the May edition of the Via Flaminia there is no Sport-class.

There are 24 entry positions for cars up to 1980.

For teams who’s added age is under 100, there is a discount of 1% for each year less then 100, with a maximum of 20% (reference year 2021). They may also bring a younger car, one year per 2 years younger then 100.

Day 1, Saturday September 11, Firenze Airport – San Gimignino: 60 km

If you have chosen to have your car transported, then it will be delivered at the Firenze Airport upon arrival of the mid-day flights from Amsterdam and London. From there it is a short drive through Tuscany to our first hotel.

Day 2, Sunday September 12, San Gimigniano – Borgo Montemaggiore: 220 km

We leave our cluster of houses near Siena for a drive through the vineyards and over lush hills towards the Apennines. Soon it will be the small roads from village to hamlet to farmhouse, the tractor is the means of transportation.

After lunch the mountains get older, erosion has had its toll and we see the silver Adriatic in front of us.

We arrive at the really wonderful Borgo Montemaggiore where we will be staying two nights.

Day 3, Monday September 13, Borgo Montemaggiore – Borgo Montemaggiore: 170 km

We have pretty much taken possession of this lovely village overlooking the Adriatic. So why not stay two nights ?

We will be driving some marvellous small roads in Marche. It is amazing how diverse the scenery is, vineyards alternate sunflowers; we drive up hills and see on the left a juxtaposition of hills while the Adriatic shines silver on the right. Each corner brings a different scenery.

Day 4, Tuesday September 14, Borgo Montemaggiore – Montefalco: 195 km

We leave one village for the other, or actually it is more a big mansion.

 

I wouldn’t come back as much as possible to central Italy if it wasn’t just fantastic. I love the region, the villages, the people and the food. And Montefalco is my preferred wine region. And of course we will have a great lunch even though you might not feel like it. But Italy is about eating !

Day 5, Wednesday September 15, Montefalco – Montefalco: 100 km

We leave our castle for a short drive onto the small roads in southern Tuscany into Lazio and back, the sun is burning, the air serene and the nature abundant. The afternoon you can either indulge at the pool or discover Orvieto.

Day 6, Thursday September 16, Montefalco – Santo Stefano: 205 km

We leave one village for another. We have been in Santo Stefano before and it is just amazing. The houses are interlocked, the pebble-stoned streets narrow and the atmosphere superb. We are on the Gran Sasso mountains which we have come to love so much. It used to be the place where the state of Firenze held its sheep for the wool, thus the villages are relatively rich even though they are “lost” in the high mountains.

Day 7, Friday September 17, Santo Stefano – Castello Chiola: 120 km

The last day already, time is flying when you are having a good time. We drive up the Gran Sasso and after each hairpin our village will be getting smaller until we drive over the ridge into one of the most majestic settings imaginable. It could be Scotland or Tibet and was often used as setting for “western” movies.

Several years ago we had a barbecue on the Gran Sasso. Ever since, when I come by, they great me with “Bartolomeo” and food and wine is on them. The people in the mountains are authentic and friendly. This year we will again have a barbecue.

The last destination is Castello Chiola. A castle with some rooms so big you need a GPS to find back the bathroom. Last time we were guest at the castle the pool was too tempting for some and not all ended in the pool voluntarily.

Day 8, Saturday September 18, Castello Chiola – Fiumicino Airport: 250 km

It is a butinful drive over a scenic highway to Fiumicino Airport where a trailer will pick up your car.

We will coordinate the pick-up time depending on the best flights to everyone’s destination.

Number: 28      Year of manufacture: 1971      Car: Mercedes Benz SL 350
Driver
Hans Versnel (NL)
Hans Versnel
Co-driver
Astrid Suurmeijer (NL)
Astrid Suurmeijer
Mercedes Benz SL 350 1971
Participated in :
Number: 27      Year of manufacture: 1958      Car: Triumph TR3 A
Driver
Marc Brahm (BE)
Marc Brahm
Co-driver
Lut Brahm (BE)
Lut Brahm
Triumph TR3 A 1958
Participated in :
Number: 26      Year of manufacture: 1974      Car: Alfa Romeo Spider 2l
Driver
Eric Barenbrug (NL)
Eric Barenbrug
Co-driver
Lucienne Samuels (NL)
Lucienne Samuels
Alfa Romeo Spider 2l 1974
Participated in :
Number: 25      Year of manufacture:       Car: Alfa Romeo Duetto
Driver
Denis Cribbin (AUS)
Denis Cribbin
Co-driver
Irene Cribbin (AUS)
Irene Cribbin
no photo available yet
Participated in :
Number: 24      Year of manufacture: 1960      Car: Austin Healey 3000 Mk I
Driver
Frans Dusseldorp (NL)
Frans Dusseldorp
Co-driver
Tom Dusseldorp (NL)
Tom Dusseldorp
Austin Healey 3000 Mk I 1960
Participated in :
Number: 23      Year of manufacture: 1972      Car: Citroen SM
Driver
Peter van Heezik (CH)
Peter van Heezik
Co-driver
Bea van Heezik (CH)
Bea van Heezik
Citroen SM 1972
Participated in :
Number: 22      Year of manufacture: 1972      Car: MGB Tourer
Driver
Bert van den Dool (NL)
Bert van den Dool
Co-driver
Anita van Uchelen (NL)
Anita van Uchelen
MGB Tourer 1972
Participated in :
Number: 21      Year of manufacture: 1964      Car: Triumph TR 4
Driver
Nicholas Bleaney (UK)
Nicholas Bleaney
Co-driver
James Prentice (UK)
James Prentice
Triumph TR 4 1964
Participated in :
Number: 19      Year of manufacture: 1973      Car: Porsche 911
Driver
Claude Galand (B)
Claude Galand
Co-driver
Jenny Smolderen (B)
Jenny Smolderen
Porsche 911 1973
Participated in :
Number: 18      Year of manufacture: 1988      Car: DAX Cobra 427
Driver
Martin Dubbink (NL)
Martin Dubbink
Co-driver
Dineke Dubbink (NL)
Dineke Dubbink
DAX Cobra 427 1988
Participated in :
Number: 17      Year of manufacture:       Car:
Driver
Jan Koers (NL)
Jan Koers
Co-driver
Gerdy Koers (Nl)
Gerdy Koers
no photo available yet
Participated in :
Number: 16      Year of manufacture: 1977      Car: Renault Alpine
Driver
Laurent Aceti (Fr)
Laurent Aceti
Co-driver
Cathy Aceti (Fr)
Cathy Aceti
Renault Alpine 1977
Participated in :
Number: 15      Year of manufacture: 174      Car: Volvo 164E
Driver
Walter van Voorst van Beest (NL)
Walter van Voorst van Beest
Co-driver
Lida van Voorst van Beest (NL)
Lida van Voorst van Beest
Volvo 164E 174
Participated in :
Number: 14      Year of manufacture: 1968      Car: Mercedes Pagoda
Driver
Ivo Heukensfeldt Jansen (NL)
Ivo Heukensfeldt Jansen
Co-driver
Lucie Hertoghe (NL)
Lucie Hertoghe
Mercedes Pagoda 1968
Participated in :
Number: 13      Year of manufacture: 1969      Car: Porsche Targa
Driver
Bert Wardenburg (NL)
Bert Wardenburg
Co-driver
Toos Wardenburg (NL)
Toos Wardenburg
Porsche Targa 1969
Participated in :
Number: 12      Year of manufacture: 1970      Car: Porsche 911 targa S
Driver
Ronald de Boer (NL)
Ronald de Boer
Co-driver
Petra Wiardi (NL)
Petra Wiardi
Porsche 911 targa S 1970
Participated in :
Number: 11      Year of manufacture: 1984      Car: Jaguar XJ-SC
Driver
Henk Bloembergen (NL)
Henk Bloembergen
Co-driver
Ingrid Saan (NL)
Ingrid Saan
Jaguar XJ-SC 1984
Participated in :
Number: 10      Year of manufacture: 1959      Car: Jaguar XK150DHC
Driver
Stuart Else (UK)
Stuart Else
Co-driver
John Else (UK)
John Else
Jaguar XK150DHC 1959
Participated in :
Number: 09      Year of manufacture: 1968      Car: Jaguar E-type Serie 1,5 OTS
Driver
Egbert Dijkstra (NL)
Egbert Dijkstra
Co-driver
Liesbeth van Galen (NL)
Liesbeth van Galen
Jaguar E-type Serie 1,5 OTS 1968
Participated in :
Number: 08      Year of manufacture: 1974      Car: Triumph TR6
Driver
Leo Verriet (NL)
Leo Verriet
Co-driver
Marianne Verriet (NL)
Marianne Verriet
Triumph TR6 1974
Participated in :
Number: 07      Year of manufacture: 1992      Car: Cobra
Driver
Coen Weber (NL)
Coen Weber
Co-driver
Monique Weber van der Zalm (NL)
Monique Weber van der Zalm
Cobra 1992
Participated in :
Number: 06      Year of manufacture: 1954      Car: Jaguar 140 OTS
Driver
Tony de Bruijn (NL)
Tony de Bruijn
Co-driver
Henk van Halewijn (NL)
Henk van Halewijn
Jaguar 140 OTS 1954
Participated in :
Number: 05      Year of manufacture: 1955      Car: Austin Healey 100/4 BN1
Driver
David John Twaites (CH)
David John Twaites
Co-driver
Henriette Twaites-Baum (CH)
Henriette Twaites-Baum
Austin Healey 100/4 BN1 1955
Participated in :
Number: 04      Year of manufacture: 1964      Car: Austin Healey 3000 MK III
Driver
Freek Koopmans (NL)
Freek Koopmans
Co-driver
Wilma Koopmans (NL)
Wilma Koopmans
Austin Healey 3000 MK III 1964
Participated in :
Number: 03      Year of manufacture: 1966      Car: Ford Mustang
Driver
Johan Reef (NL)
Johan Reef
Co-driver
Gertie Brekelmans (NL)
Gertie Brekelmans
Ford Mustang 1966
Participated in :
Number: 02      Year of manufacture: 1968      Car: Triumph TR250
Driver
Stefan de Bruijn (NL)
Stefan de Bruijn
Co-driver
Marcel Haaksma (NL)
Marcel Haaksma
Triumph TR250 1968
Participated in :
Number: 01      Year of manufacture: 1970      Car: Mercedes 280 SL
Driver
John Noble (UK)
John Noble
Co-driver
Jean Noble (UK)
Jean Noble
Mercedes 280 SL 1970
Participated in :

Rally Details

Start: Saturday September 11
Villasanpaolo Spa Hotel
SP1,  
53037 San Gimignano (SI)

Finish: Friday September 17
Castello Chiola
Via degli Aquino, 12,
65014 Loreto Aprutino (PE)

Included

  • A maximum of 28 crew
  • Seven nights in excellent hotels.
  • Six dinners.
  • Three or four lunches.
  • Technical assistance.
  • Tsikolia Watch for the winners
  • Via Flaminia clothing.
  • Roadbooks, rallyshields etc.

Entry fee

Booking fee

Early registration (before March 30) for a crew of two: € 3.300, -.

Registration (after March 30) for a crew of two: € 3.600, -.

Upgrade (you are on top of the list for the best rooms): € 250, –

Transportation

To Italy:
Transportation of your car by truck from Holland to the Firenze Airport: € 460, –

From Italy:
Transportation of your car by truck from the Fiumicino Airport to Holland: € 550, –

You are responsible for booking your own flight.

Total kilometers

Total rally kilometers: 1100

From Firenze Airport to the first hotel (start): 65 km

From the finish hotel to Fiumicino Airport: 250 km.

The rally is fully booked, registration is not possible any more. You can contact Via Flaminia in order to be put on the waiting list.

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