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Odyssey Italia

10 – 24 September 2017

A luxury rally from Liguria to Tuscany, via Corsica and Sardinia

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Inspired by ancient myths and modern legends, the luxurious Odyssey Italia Rally runs over 14 days from 10-24 September, starting on the Italian Riviera and visiting the Mediterranean islands of Corsica and Sardinia before finishing in glorious Tuscany; you’ll find more route details in our Recce Report, which you may read via the link on this page.

This is the first Rally Round event to be designed by Kim Bannister, internationally-renowned for his previous work on the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, Flying Scotsman, Classic Safari, Trans-America Challenge and many more, and Odyssey Italia is a rally he has long dreamed of organizing. Fabulous roads through sun-drenched mountains and sparkling coastal landscapes, iconic locations and historic treasures, superb four- and five-star hotels, exquisite cuisine and good company combine to make this the most exciting and exclusive event we have yet devised. Our relaxed schedule allows for leisurely sightseeing and refreshment breaks and all our island hotels are adjacent to fine beaches, so competitors may even enjoy sunbathing, swimming or diving at beautiful locations such as Porto Cervo on Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda.

All of a sudden, it seems, our adventure is almost at an end, as crews today drove the penultimate day’s route from Grosetto to Siena. Overall rally leader Bill Cleyndert spoke for many when he arrived at the Garden Hotel, overlooking the magnifient city, and declared it ‘A great day’s rallying! Very beautiful scenery, lovely roads and delicious food. Well done Rally Round!’ 

Competitors continued their enthusiastic discussion of the day’s route and refreshment stops over dinner, and also spoke of what they had seen on their early evening excursions into the heart of Siena, which was crowded with colourful flag bearers and drummers celebrating the Giraffa district’s victory in the Palio di Siena horse race on July 2. 
We shall soon be enjoying our own victory celebrations in Ciocco. However, the run from Siena to the finish will be slightly shorter than planned, as we were informed by the Italian police only this afternoon that one thousand cyclists will be taking part in a public road race tomorrow, prompting the closure of part of the rally route. Renowned Clerk of the Course and route designer Kim Bannister immediately drove out to plot and document a revised route around the affected area, copies of which will be ready for the competitors to pick up in the morning. The first car leaves at 09.01.

As ever you may follow the contest via our rally blog, keep an electronic eye on a particular car or cars and examine their daily results in detail – simply click on the links below.

Click here to view our live GPS car tracker

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NoDriverCo-DriverCarEngine Size (cc)Category / Class
1Bill Cleyndert (GBR)Jacqui Norman (GBR)1924 Bentley 3/4.55300Vintage / 1
2Bill Brandt (USA)Jo Brandt (USA)1929 Chrysler 75 Le Mans4000Vintage / 1
5Steve Lambert (AUS)Ruth Lambert (AUS)1935 Ford Model 48 Fordor Sedan2743Vintage / 1
6Graham Goodwin (GBR)Marina Goodwin (GBR)1925 Bentley Supersports5300Vintage / 1
8John Hilbery (GBR)Moira Hilbery (GBR)1950 Bentley Special4250Classic / 2
9Edmund Peel (GBR)Sara Macdonald (GBR)1950 Jaguar XK120 DHC3442Classic / 2
12Ian Strang (GBR)Ken Hudson (GBR) / Julie Strang (GBR)1955 AC Ace1991Classic / 2
14Do Meeus (NLD)Elizabeth Els (NLD)1998 Jaguar XKR4000Classic / 3
15Melvin Andrews (USA)Margaret Andrews (USA)1956 Jaguar XK140 DHC3442Classic / 2
16Andrew Actman (GBR)Jackie Quinan (GBR)1963 MGB1798Classic / 3
17Ed Howle (USA)    BLOGJanet Howle (USA)1967 Volkswagen Beetle T11493Classic / 3
18Petr Uhlir (CZE)Petr Kejdus (CZE)1967 Jaguar Mk23800Classic / 3
19Marco Halter (CHE)Claudia Engelhardt (CHE)1957 Volkswagen Beetle2332Classic / 2
20Tjerk Bury (CHE/USA)Sally Bury (CHE/USA)1972 Datsun 240Z2394Classic / 3
21Colin Heathcote (GBR)Bren Unwin (GBR)1972 Jaguar E-Type 4200Classic / 3
22Anthony Verloop (NLD)Sonja Verloop (NLD)1973 MGB GT V83532Classic / 3
23Danny Day (USA)Valerie Day (USA)1973 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray5733Classic / 3
24Stephen Lloyd (GBR)Kim Lloyd (GBR)1973 Chevrolet Corvatte Sting Ray5733Classic / 3

From the twisty rally roads of Corsica to the treasures of Siena (above), Odyssey Italia will be a luxury rally like no other