Well – what a fabulous week that was. If you were unable to participate in the Andorran FIVA World Rally in early July you missed a real treat; it was a thoroughly enjoyable event. Lluis Dejuan and his team from the Andorran Association of Old Vehicles (AAVA) and the Automobile Club of Andorra (ACA) created a varied programme that satisfied all tastes. We experienced great driving roads that were virtually traffic-free and scenery that was truly wonderful.During the week we enjoyed a series of entertaining and exciting adventures including the Trobotronc (a 5Km. downhill railed toboggan track), horse riding and white-water rafting. Our cultural experiences and evenings ranged from Guillem Tudó’s vocal and saxophone recital at the ONCA (National Classical Orchestra of Andorra) auditorium, motorcycle and motor museums and the Cirque de Soleil where music from the Bobs Marley and Dylan, Louis Armstrong and George Michael accompanied the wide variety of acrobatics and amazing motor-cycle feats for which the Cirque de Soleil is famous. The many gastronomic pleasures at daily lunches and evening dinners were well supported by the weather playing its part with sunshine, blue skies and daytime temperatures in the 30 – 36oC range.
Details have been released on the spectacular FIVA World Rally in Andorra this summer (1-7 July 2019), open to anyone with a historic car at least 30 years old, not only to members of FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles). As FIVA President Patrick Rollet explains, “While Andorra is hosting the event, the World Rally enables participants to visit three countries – Andorra, France and Spain.” The itinerary is bursting with opportunities to enjoy new experiences in company with other historic car enthusiasts, from rafting in Sort, a small Spanish village some 70 km from Andorra to riding Andorra’s Tobotronc (at 5km, it’s the longest Alpine toboggan run in the world – but very safe!). There are museum tours, shopping expeditions and a concours in a pedestrian-only avenue in the centre of the nation’s capital city, Andorra la Vella plus, for those who prefer more sedentary pursuits, there’s a concert at the Ordino Auditorium and spectating at the Cirque du Soleil. Whatever activities are on offer during the day, however, each night will see participants return for an overnight stay at the luxurious Arthotel in the centre of Andorra la Vella, capital of the Pri [...]
Following the huge success of FIVA’s annual World Rally for cars in 2018, held this year in the stunning rural scenery of Mid Wales, FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) has a lot to live up to in 2019. But it might just manage it, as FIVA has announced there will be no fewer than three FIVA World Rallies in 2019 – two for cars and one for motorcycles. All three of these events are open to classic vehicle owners from around the world who enjoy driving their pride and joy, not just members of FIVA. So get out your diaries and make a note of what could be your most exciting few days in the coming year… 22-26 May 2019 – Austria Classic Rallye
This 650km regularity run promises the spectacular scenery around Vienna, Burgenland, the Wachau and the Semmering region, and aims to show participants “the great architectural, geographical and cultural diversity of Austria”. It’s open to all vehicles built up to 1980 with a valid FIVA ID Card. See https://world.rallyeorg.at/en/ for more details.
27-30 June 2019 – FIVA World Motorcycle Rally, Croatia
A touring event for a huge range of historic motorcycles that will c [...]