Owners of classic or vintage cars, that is to say a car with a minimum age of 25 years or older, are always looking out for new events to participate in with their showpiece. “Tour Amical” is therefore high on their list, and this rally has now grown into the biggest rally for Classic Cars in Belgium for good reason.
Since 2001, a gathering of a few friends has turned into a true household word. Now, the “Tour Amical”, organised by Manu Stappaerts, numbers no fewer than 172 cars, which will be taking part in a tour around Greece from the 8th to 14th of May.
With 5 cars from Antwerp to Tarifa in 2001; with 8 cars from Antwerp to Florence in 2005; with 30 cars from Antwerp to Marbella in 2007; with 60 cars from Biarritz to Barcelona in 2010; with 82 cars from Antwerp to Sofia in 2012 and now, in May 2014, with 172 cars from Thessaloniki to Athens and back. The Tour Amical expands by leaps and bounds each year and will also welcome international participants next year.
On May 8, two charter flights will take the 344 participants to Thessaloniki, Greece’s second biggest city. All the cars will be waiting at the airport, ready to set off, and the rally through Greece begins from there.
All participants will attempt to drive to the end of the rally. Besides the event’s enjoyable and competitive aspects, bonds of friendship will also be tightened and business deals concluded, for networking is also alive in this men only Tour.
There are different routes for each of the four groups, but fortunately, they coincide along the way, creating opportunities to exchange tales about their heavenly experiences in mythical Greece. For not only the cars are “classic antiquities” this year; the rally’s country is characterised by its rich history and the leading role that it played in classical antiquity.
The different routes pass through, among others, Delphi, Volos, Parga, Olympia and Meteora, and on May 10, a fraternisation of the four groups is planned on the Megara Circuit near Athens, where all participants can do a few laps on this circuit.
Afterwards, the local inhabitants are welcome to admire the cars in the Panathinaiko stadium. The first Olympic Games were held here, so the 172 Classics will certainly feel at home.
On May 11, the trip continues towards Thessaloniki as its final destination and will reach this magnificent city’s boardwalk on the evening of May 13. A wonderful closing event is planned with prize-giving ceremony and performances by some well-known Belgian entertainers.
For all additional information: Organisation Tour Amical: Classic RT Tel. 03/740 09 90, +32 475/27 55 72