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Unbeatable opportunities for ‘fun in the sun’ historic rallying by the shores of the Mediterranean and Caribbean – with a very special prize.Barbados Collude16

The highest-placed first-time special stage competitor driving a pre-1982 car on Mallorca’s 2016 Oris Rally Clasico will win a free trip to compete in the Barbados Historic Rally Carnival this year.

Barbadian and Mallorcan historic rally organisers have been discussing a promotion partnership for years, after suggestions by regular Barbados rallying visitor Dan Sutherland, who runs the historic rally car preparation company Dansport in Chesterfield, UK.

Dansport builds and runs cars for Steve Perez, Andrew Siddal, Geoff Bell and others in exotic historic rally locations, such as Classic Safari, Inca Rally Peru and many more.

Dan maintains that the annual historic rally events in Barbados and Mallorca have much in common, especially a tremendously social atmosphere. This island historic rally organiser partnership is a great fit and begins this year.

The 12th edition of Oris Rally Clasico kicks off from Mallorca’s exclusive Puerto Portals Marina on 10 March and incorporates both a regularity contest and competitive closed-road special stage action over an essentially similar route.

Regularity competitors have the opportunity to blend the beauty and glamour of Mallorca with their evocative classic cars, while engrossed in the complex navigational timing of the regularity trials. During this three-day challenge, there are 13 time trials over 476km of the most spectacular roads on the island.

Competitors in the special stage section of the rally start on Friday night with two special stages totalling 50km. Saturday morning heralds five more special stages, including the spectacular Sa Calobra mountain climb (think Molls Gap – but in sunshine). Finally, the third day of the rally runs over six special stages, which conclude with a 6km test of Capdella-Andratx. In all, the competitive  route is approximately 180km.

Barbados by comparison is a much smaller island and therefore its Historic Rally Carnival runs over two weekends, from 18 to 30 August, in order to include as much competitor seat time as possible. On the first Saturday, after the Friday night scrutiny and welcome party, competitors tackle the International RallySprint at the world-renowned Vaucluse Raceway rallysprint track, probably the largest purpose-built permanent rallysprint facility in the world.

Numerous social events, tours, attractions and cruises fill the following Carnival week and there are no limits to the amount of special stage recceing crews may undertake.

The Barbados Historic Rally (the following weekend) is a closed-road asphalt event of approximately 75km competitive distance, starting on Saturday just after noon and finishing just before midnight. Classes include pre-1968, 1968-1974, 1975-1981, 1982-1986 and Group B (for class awards only).

While the highest-placed first-time crew in Mallorca will win a free trip to Barbados, the Caribbean island’s Historic Rally Carnival offers fantastic travel deals, including rally car shipping from UK, return flights for crews from London, beach-hotel accommodation and all event entry fees and vehicle insurance. Everyone looking for a tropical historic rallying adventure, check for details.

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