The preparations for the Via Flaminia started in 2004, the first rally taking place in 2005. Initiator is Bart Kleyn. After many years of classic rallying Bart decided that it was time to combine his love for Italy with the passion of classic cars and classic rallying.
Previously Bart did study Molecular Sciences at the Agricultural University of Wageningen and he did a PhD in Oncology/Hematology at the University of Virginia. More recently Bart managed a small Biotech investment fund.
The first Via Flaminia in 2005 had 30 participating cars, most notable a Lamborghini 350, a Ferrari 250 and 4 Flaminia Convertibles. Over the years the Via Flaminia has grown in popularity, in 2009 two editions where held and in 2011 a Pre War edition was added. Bart has several classic Lancia’s, a nobel brand know for its technical prowess.
Peaks of the Atlas Morocco
Taking the challenge further Bart organised the Peaks of the Atlas, a two weeks rally in Morocco with Pre Wars (2013)
From the first days on Pieter Struijk has been a loyal assistant. In his daily life Pieter is running his own company. Pieter sees the Via Flaminia as a way to indulge in some completely different situations while using his excellent social skills.
Willem van Houten
Willem has been living in Georgia since 2014. After his work for the Dutch embassy he started Moto Travel in Tbilisi. Willem is married with a Georgian woman and just became father. Together with his team he is our man in the Caucasus.
Beto has his own travel agency in Peru. We did the first recce with a very experienced rally organizer from Argentina. He will stay in the background. For the second recce and the rally itself we are now working with Beto. Beto has recently done some rallies and is better equipped to do all the bookings for the Peaks of the Andes
Dima, as he is called, is an archeologist, in addition he has a passion for everything with four wheels.
Dima, did do a masters in Leiden, the Netherlands, and is our “cultural” guide for the 4×4 rallies in the Caucasus.
For the Classic car rallies Paul Neeskens from RallySupport and his team is providing the assistance.
Paul Neeskens has a decades long extensive experience in assisting classic rallies.
Altena Classic & Rally Services
The assistance for the Pre War rallies is provided by Altena Classic & Rally Services. Altena has been providing rally assistance in rallies in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe.