Beach to Bridge Liberation Rally April 28 - May 3, 2015
April 28 - Mai 3, 2015
70 years after the Dutch liberation and 71 years after the landing on the Normandy Beaches, Classic Events takes you on a journey form these Beaches to “The Bridge” in Arnhem.
This cultural and historic rally is open to all who enter with a classic car.
We have created a tour for you in the footsteps of the great English and American Generals on their way to the liberation of Europe and we will visit a number of highlights on this route.
From the start at the Pegasus bridge in Ouistreham, following the coastline to the Pillboxes at Arromanches, where we can still see the German
canons, we make our way to Chartres via the Faillaise Pocket. From Chartres we follow the “Voie de la Liberté”, the route that General Patton followed to Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge
Via Reims, our next overnight halt, where we will have our dinner in one of the famous Champagne caves beneath the city, we continue our way past
the Maginot lines to Bastogne for a visit to the magnificent museum about the Battle of the Bulge. Our next overnight halt will be in Marche en Famenne, just north of Bastogne.
Passing through the Ardennes we make our way to The Netherlands via Trois Ponts and Stavelot to a small town called Mesch, the first town in The Netherlands to be liberated by the Americans to our final overnight Halt in Vaals.
From here we head up to Best and the “Wings of Liberation” museum. On the grounds of this former military comlex we will have a nice driving test to sharpen the senses for our inal run over “hells Highway”. The road to Arnhem and Operation Market Garden. We finish our 5 day journey on the John Frost Bridge to have our prize giving in the wine cellars of Robbers and van der Hoogen Wine sellers.
During this event will try to challenge your map reading ability on several regularity sections and map reading sections. We hope to find some navigation methods that were invented during the war. Most of these methods were invented for the pilots to find their way in the dark in invaded Europe.
There will be 3 classes in which you will be able to enter:
Vintage: till 1945
Classic: 1946 ill 1965
Youngtimer: 1966 till 1975
As usual we will take you to “the best available” hotels on route that will take a group of our size. All hotels, dinners and lunches are incorporated in your entry fee so the only extra cost you will have is the cost for fuel for both yourselves and the car.
The finish will be at Robbers and van der Hoogen Wine sellers in Arnhem and will be in the spirit of the liberation. There will be live music by Sargeant Wilsons Army Show and friends and family will all wave you in when you pass the finish arch. The prizegiving dinner will be in the historical and impressive wine cellars.
Since this undertaking is done with classic cars, there is always something that go wrong with your precious classic car. Altena Classic Service from Gramsbergen will follow us all to make sure that we do not leave anyone behind.
Thee Beach to Bridge Liberation rally is an idea by Classic Events. Jan-Peter Nijmeijers and Timo Rietbergen invite you to participate in this adventurous journey. For all your questions, we are available for you on working day’s at +31 578 561115 or if you which to enter, please visit our website.
Tuesday april 28 – signing on and farewell dinner
Wednesday april 29 – Ouistreham – Chartres
Thursday april 30 – Chartres – Reims
Friday may 1 – Reims – Marche en Famenne
Saturday may 2 – Marche en Famenne – Vaals
Sunday may 3 – Vaals – Arnhem
To enter just fill in the entry form online.
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