“2017 will see the seventh running of the London to Lisbon Classic Reliability Trial, this event attracts entrants from all four corners of the globe, the range of machinery is as exotic, vehicles up to 1987 are eligible to compete and have their own specific classes to battle for honours in.
The event is primarily a reliability trial, the schedule is demanding, but listening to competitors on the 2013 event, we are building flexibility into the schedule to allow crews to socialise at the very special places we stay at.
As we journey through the United Kingdom, France, Spain and into Portugal, the concept of driving tests interspersed with regularity sections will once again define the days-you can expect the most stunning scenery in Western Europe. We understand that many of the competitors use this as a holiday as well as a motoring adventure, we will explore mountain passes, forests and many of the other spectacular features as we head south.
The event is suitable for those who have competed on single & multi-day events, it is aimed at those with knowledge of both Tulip diagrams and map reading skills. Although there will be no night driving built into the route, some of the roads may have loose surfaces or be subject to variations in weather. However, this does not preclude first time entrants wishing to take part, as on all our events, the organising team are all competitors past or present and have a wealth of knowledge to assist you, should this be the event you wish to start your career in. This event is graded as Intermediate. The London-Lisboa also has a Classic Tour section for those who would like to share the atmosphere and surroundings, but prefer to undertake a more leisurely motoring experience.
Starting close to London at the world famous Brooklands Circuit and heading out via a regularity section or two and possibly a test, competitors will take a ferry to France where the competition will start in earnest. However, this event is designed to appeal to all levels of ability, just how competitive you wish the event to be is entirely up to you.
Navigation on the event is by an easy to follow tulip style road book, there will be no map plotting, however a map book is supplied to aid you, should it be required. Most days the route will total between 200-250 miles and include regularity sections and driving tests that will form the competitive element of the event. Should you wish to take part in the event but not be as competitive, you are welcomed to join us on the Tour section where the pace is a little more relaxed, allowing you to savour the scenery a little longer.As always on the London-Lisboa, the hotels and rest halts are of a superior quality, the days can be long but are always packed with roads and scenery that are truly breathtaking. The event will encompass four countries and take in roads in and around the Pyrenees, Picos de Europa and Duero Ranges on the way to the finish in Lisboa.
In 2013 the response along the route was magnificent, one competitor even being given a guard of honour into Portugal by a marching band, the finish in Lisboa was nothing short of magical with crowds in their hundreds turning out to greet the competitors. London-Lisbon is an endurance event, but it is suitable for all levels of ability, newcomer to expert. The roads used may well include snow and ice, but the timing of the event does coincide with the start of warmer weather meaning that most of the passes should be clear. The route is designed to include little or no night driving. For these reasons the event is given the Intermediate grading, but rest assured, newcomers are more than welcome to compete.”