Y Viva España – Vintage Bentleys Dominate
October’s Carrera Iberia, the sell-out debut event staged by new endurance rally specialists Rally the Globe (RTG), was hailed as a great success by those involved with great routes and a very exclusive atmosphere.
The ten-day Carrera Iberia was an memorable voyage from the historical port of Santander in northern Spain to Vilamoura on the southern coast of Portugal – an epic 3,470kms route, packed with many outstanding attractions as well as nine tests and 19 regularity sections. These took in deserted asphalt roads far away from the beaten track. The 32 participating crews drove through wine regions, rolling hills, dramatic canyons, twisting hillclimbs and medieval citadels, as well as lapping the Portuguese motor circuits of Oporto and Estoril. Overnight stops included Paradors, Pousadas and ﬁve-star hotels.
The Vintage class of Carrera Iberia was dominated by vintage Bentleys, most prepared by William Medcalf, with half of the top ten Pre-War category ﬁnishers being 1920s Bentleys. RTG founders Graham and Marina Goodwin took third-place in class overall in their Medcalf groomed 1927 Bentley Speed.