Vintage Air Rally

In March 2018 a rally for vintage aircraft will leave Ushuaia for the United States of America

Vintage Air Rally

15 Vintage biplanes built before December 31st 1939, with supporting aeroplanes and helicopters

Vintage Air Rally

Follow in the steps of Aeropostale, across the continent of South America to the USA.

Vintage Air Rally

Opening ceremony in February 2018 in London. Departure in March, total duration 6 weeks.

Countdown to the next rally

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.


GENERAL

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.

THE ROUTE

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

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. 


NEXT EDITIONS

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)

 

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Stampe Fly-In

On the evening of 5 September, the two vintage bi-planes will fly a formation flight at sunset outside of the factory in which they were built. Now a museum, the planes return to fly over where they were constructed in Antwerp by Stampe-Vertongen in the 1920’s before undertaking the most ambitious journey they have ever made.

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Toronto event

Three biplanes and 2 support planes of the VintageAirRally will touch down in Toronto Billy Bishop Airport on Wednesday 13th July 2016. One of them is the Canadian Team with their Waco plane.

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Belgian Team

A Belgian team is competing with OO-GWB, a Belgian “Stampe & Vertongen” biplane manufactured in Antwerp in the 1920s.

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International

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”.

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Meet us along the way

We’re aware that there are many people without the time (or aeroplane!) who would like to be involved with the VintageAirRally. With our local partners, we have created short packages where you can be part of the Rally, taking part in some of the events, for just a few days at a time. Please click on the country that interests you below to see what the options are. If the dates don’t fit, perhaps consider going to a country you had not considered – they’re all chosen for a reason!

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About

Following in the footsteps of the pioneering flights of the 1920s, 15 vintage aircraft built in the early 1900s take to the air for a truly unique rally across the Americas. The VintageAirRally starts on the 3rd March 2018 from Ushuaia, Argentina and finishes on the 14th April in Florida, USA. The Rally connects some of the most beautiful and evocative points, combining the challenge of flying these magnificent planes with the element of competition which was equally prevalent in those early days. The Rally begins from the world’s southernmost airport, heading north to Florida, journey’s end. A rally such as this has never been done before in South America – and follows on from the successful 2016 VintageAirRally Crete2Cape.

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Contact

For more information please feel free to send us an email or just give us a call.

Phone:  +32 2 880 21 54
Fax:  +32 2 880 03 50
Email:  info@vintageairrally.com

 

For Press Enquiries, please contact Jeremy Martin

Email: jeremy@vintageairrally.com

 

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