Adriatic Adventure 2019
18 - 29 September 2019
The Adriatic Adventure - What you need to know
What kind of event is it?
The Adriatic Adventure is a Reliability Trial - it is most certainly competitive with some long days behind the wheel and some testing times with the maps and clocks are needed for the event. It will definitely be a challenge for the car, the driver and the navigator, but it is not as tough as some of our other events and if you’re up for a challenge, it would definitely suit newcomers.
What do I need to enter?
The first requirement is a vintage or pre-1976 classic car that will go the full distance and not give you any trouble on the way. Reliability over speed is the priority, so time spent on careful preparation can save a lot of trouble in a layby with the clock ticking. There’s plenty of advice available if you are a newcomer, all you need to do is ask.
Your car also needs an accurate trip meter. A classic mechanical Halda or a more modern electronic Monit style trip meter are both acceptable provided they only measure distance. Modern electronic units which can calculate average speeds are not allowed. GPS mapping devices are prohibited. You will need a toolkit and some idea of how to use it and a groundsheet to capture any oil leaks while your car is parked. Competition licences are not required but you do need insurance and a full current driving licence.
What if my car breaks down?
We really want to see you at the finish party so we have mobile workshops with us for the entire event. If we find you with a problem we’ll do our best to get you on the road again. The ERA’s legendary team of support mechanics are the best in the business and the team includes all the familiar faces that regular competitors have come to know. Between them they have been more than twice around the world on all sorts of rallies. If the problem with your car is serious and impossible to sort by the roadside or at the night halt, the prudent entrant will have arranged get-you-home breakdown insurance.
We hope you will want to join up with a couple of other competitors to take a crack at the Team Prize. A team can be a group of any three cars to form a Club Team or, maybe three cars from the same manufacturer to form a Marque Team. We can put you in touch with other competitors if you wish, so it’s as simple as filling in the Team Entry form before the rally starts.
What does the entry fee include?
You are guaranteed 12 days of exceptional driving. The comprehensive Route Book will provide all you need to complete the route. We have a hard won reputation for the quality of our routes and we pride ourselves on this detail.
A small army of marshals and sweep mechanics provide the security of knowing that help is never far away so you can enjoy the driving experience unconcerned that you might be stranded beside the road. Secure parking, metal rally plates, number roundels, identity tags, maps and guides to car preparation and navigation will be provided.
Accommodation and most meals are included, from the Welcome dinner the evening before the start to the Prize Giving Gala Dinner at the finish. Every crew completing the rally will receive finisher’s awards, overall and class winners will also be given trophies. Not included in the entry fee are fuel, vehicle insurance, car shipping to the start and, after the event, from the finish.
Is it a difficult event?
There are two answers to this question. If your ambition is to win, the answer is ‘Yes’. Although designed to cater for vintage cars the event is not dumbed down. No one is going to give you an easy ride to the finish. But, if your aim is to enjoy the company of like-minded enthusiasts driving your vintage or classic car along the exceptional route the answer is a qualified ‘No’.
Whatever your approach it certainly helps if you can read a map, work out average speeds and understand the tulip diagrams in the supplied Route Book. It’s not an event to trick you but you’ll need a navigator who can take charge of the car and driver who can take direction. It’s a team effort and those with the biggest engine or the heaviest foot might be surprised.
Who are the organisers?
The Endurance Rally Association organises epic and challenging rallies across the world. Our experience, organising more than 70 rallies, extends back to 1988 with the Pirelli Classic Marathon and includes, amongst others, Round the World in 80 days, the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, the London-Cape Town World Cup Rally, several Classic Safari’s, the Alpine Trial, The Road to Mandalay and the Flying Scotsman a vintage only rally now in its 10th year. With our combined experience and knowledge you and your car are in good hands with the ERA team.
How do I secure my place?
To find out more and to secure your place on the entry list please call Annette, Eleonora or any of the Rally Office team or email us for your copy of the event brochure and entry form. We'll be happy to answer your questions and offer any guidance you may need.
Phone: +44 (0)1235 831221