CLASSIC RALLIES MADE FOR YOU
Bespoke Rallies offers adventurous classic car style tours in some of the world’s most fascinating regions. These are not speed events but offer the opportunity to enjoy driving on the lesser travelled by-ways. We have considerable experience of organising motoring events including classic car tours in SE Asia, India, South America, Central America and Europe.
We are here to organise your events as well as put on our own.
We provide a full service from concept to completion including providing the staff to man the event, competition if desired, all travel arrangements, road books, GPS, Sat Nav, back up, doctors and shipping.
CLASSIC CAR RALLIES ARE OUR PASSION
John has more than 17 years’ experience organising rallies round the world, including endurance events such as The Himalaya Classic Rally (2006, 2007 and 2009 which was the first rally ever to visit Bhutan and drive through the country), The Tiger Classic Rally (2008 and 2011 and 2013), The Maya Classic Rally (2010) and the Cuba Classic Rally (2011). Formerly Manager of the last Rover Mini Works Rally Team (1994 to 1997) which had Paddy Hopkirk as the No 1 driver, he has a wealth of experience organising teams and events.
He also created the routes for the 2013 Tiger Rally, the 2013 Great South American Challenge and the 2014 Paris Madrid.
The most essential person on any rally is the co-ordinator and admin organiser. Fiona has been doing this job for 5 years including supporting John on the Himalaya Rally to Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, The Maya Rally in Central America, two Tiger Rallies, the Great South American Challenge and the first Paris Madrid.
Since travelling with John she has driven the route on the recces while he completes the mapping and roadbook. In her view, the joy of driving these continents, exploring the unexpected opportunities that one didn’t know were there and the pleasure of sharing these with others is second to none. The most recent recce through the Amazon Rainforest is a case in point.
Sarah has quickly become a vital part of the business with her technical background and administrative skills. She obtained a first class degree in Mathematics at UMIST in 1990 and then went on to work for Accenture (formerly Anderson Consulting) as part of the design and technical team. Her role there was to work with clients to establish their IT requirements and deliver an IT solution to meet their needs.
Taking a career break to bring up three children, two of whom have now left home, she found time for property searching for private clients in London as well as tutoring mathematics to GCSE level.
She has applied those IT skills to Bespoke Rallies, streamling the administration and adding her eye for detail to the business.
Having a great sense of adventure she has travelled the world. She recently obtained her skippers sailing licence and has sailed in Belize, Thailand, Croatia and British Virgin Islands. While not entirely changing from wind power to horsepower she is now an integral part of the team here.
Having had a fascination in cars from an early age, Toby progressed into restoring Mark 2 Jaguars and then worked for a Citroen DS specialist. Toby has banger raced, reached the finals of Scrapheap Challenge, competed in the first ever Scrappy Races and has travelled widely. He completed the Peking to Paris rally in a home built car as well as prepared a winning P2P car. He has been a mechanic on the last four East Africa Safari Rallies and supported the Trans-Sahara Sky Car expedition as well as running the mechanical support on a Rio to Ushuaia Rally and the Tiger Rally.
JAVIER and HERNAN
South and Central American Team
Javier and Hernan are our support mechanics. Experienced in providing just the right kind of support for a variety of vehicles.
SOME OF OUR UPCOMING RALLIES
4 DAY COMPETITION EVENT
The Pyrenees 1000 is a new competitive event through the Pyrenees mountain range and takes advantage of great roads and passes that are seldom used. The event starts and finishes in the town of Pamplona.
In 2018 we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the amazing Grand Prix of South America with a new event which will follow the original route where possible. Tough and competitive.
The original meaning of the word Madagascar is End of the World – by which they meant the furthest point! Certainly far away from most people’s idea of a place to rally but we like to innovate!.
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