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 Lance’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)
Ross is passionate about speed. Since 2004 Ross has been organising many car events in South Africa, mostly with super-cars. He is also Co-founder & co- owner of Concours South Africa. Ross is partner in the Trails of Afrika. He knows the most exciting roads and has contacts with the most fancy hotels.
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.
After having enjoyed various Via Flaminia’s as a participant Marco became inspired to organise this kind of rallies himself. Marco will be running the Via Flaminia Classics in September.
His own love for classic cars is with the Citroen brand. As a young boy Marco was sitting in a DS and was amazed by the comfort of the huge fauteuils and the very tiny shift stick. He owned many Citroens thereafter and his daily driver is a Citroen SM.
Marco studied Econometrics at the Rotterdam University. Was executive partner at Accenture and more recently ran a Centrifugal company.
Kitty is Marco’s partner and will be his driver during the Via Flaminia Classic rallies.
Kitty studied Hotel Management in Lausanne. So she will be an excellent host for all of you as well.
On certain rallies Medical Doctor and Photographer Wico Mulder is joining in order to give the needed medical assistance and of course for taking pictures during the rally.
Bert van den Dool
For seven years film producer and cameraman Bert van den Dool had his own car show on Dutch TV. He is now filming some of the Via Flaminia rallies.