Starting in Crete, Greece on the 12th of November 2016 and finishing in Cape Town, South-Africa, on the 17th of December,
15 vintage aircraft built in the early 1900s take to the air for a truly unique flying rally across Africa,
attempting a crossing of 10 African countries in 37 stops and 35 days.
A Belgian team is competing with OO-GWB, a Belgian “Stampe & Vertongen” biplane manufactured in Antwerp in the 1920s.
Extraordinary Logistics company, Prepare2go, based out of St-Genesius-Rode, specialises in difficult and unusual ground and air movement. They are at the origin of this truly unique and historical rally across Africa recognised by the FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale). “This is the result of years of experience: we have already flown the African route 8 times with modern aircraft as well as with vintage – but never this old or this many!” says Sam Rutherford, the initiator of the Rally and CEO of Prepare2Go.
"The VintageAirRally is the coming together of the experience built during all our previous missions. This has never been done before, ever. Prepare2go’s track record of African flying rallies has now led to its ability to gather 15 vintage planes for such an endeavour and that is truly a first.
Following in the footsteps of the pioneering flights of the 1920s and 30 years after the epic movie “Out of Africa”, the route recreates almost exactly the 1931 Imperial Airways “Africa Route”. It connects some of the most beautiful and evocative points in Africa, combining the challenge of flying these magnificent planes with the element of competition that was equally prevalent in those early days. For more details about the route, see www.crete2cape.com.
The Teams come from six different continents (US, UK, Germany, Chile, Israel, New Zealand, Botswana,…) and are competing against each other in this endurance rally to the Cape. Even the original plane, G-AAMY, flown by Robert Redford in ‘Out of Africa’ will have a part in this epic endeavour. Additionally, 12 modern airplanes and 5 helicopters will befunctioning as support crew for the older planes. For the latest information on the Teams and Crews, see www.VintageAirRally.com/crews.
THE BELGIAN TEAM
Cédric Colette and Alexandra Maingard, both intrepid pilots, are running the “Brussels Aviation School” in Charleroi and recently bought their Stampe & Vertongen to participate in the Rally.
THE RALLY & PRIZES
With challenges and leader boards comparable to those used in Classic Car Rallies, the VintageAirRally will see its best team win the “Crete2Cape Cup” and the most exemplary behaviour of a team rewarded with the “Spirit of the Rally” Trophy.
Crete2Cape is the first Edition of an unprecedented event. Upcoming Editions are:
- 2018: VintageAirRally:Sydney2London
- 2018: VintageAirRally:Ushuaïa2NYC
- 2020: VintageAirRally:Crete2Cape - 100 years (aircraft 100 years old)
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
PR and Communications:
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A Belgian team is competing with OO-GWB, a Belgian “Stampe & Vertongen” biplane manufactured in Antwerp in the 1920s.Read more ...
Following in the footsteps of the pioneering flights of the 1920s and 30 years after the epic movie “Out of Africa”, the route recreates almost exactly the 1931 Imperial Airways “Africa Route”.Read more ...