This fascinating Vintage Car Rally Barcelona – Sitges started in 1959 as an initiative of the Tourism Development organization. The first edition had a total of 23 cars and not this is pretty much followed, not only among fans of these cars, but among the general public and the Catalan institutions as it is one of the main winter touristic initiatives in winter.
In its early years and until 1988 the Rally was played during Carnival Sunday and now to avoid conflict with other events in the city of Barcelona where the Rally starts, it is celebrated during the month of March.
The rally starts from the Sant Jaume square in Barcelona and brings together thousands of people who come to admire these vehicles truly representing the history of the car over the years. Participants are from France, Andorra, England, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Netherlands, Poland and the United States and from many regions from Spain. The number of participants has increased in recent years, there are between 80 and 100 cars from the first few decades of 1900. These cars are museum pieces that rides for a few hours and cope with the complex challenge of the beautiful and hilly ride of Garraf coast before arriving to Sitges which is the final destination . The great thing of this Rally is also the fact that the cars’ occupants make the journey dressed according to the time of construction of the car in which they go. There is a Grand Prize for Elegance awarded which is granted by a jury composed of professionals from the world of fashion. The car prizes go for the best preserved and most original cars according to 5 different time frames ranging from 1908 to 1928. Prizes consist of trophies offered by local councils, Government, Provincial Government, Tourism Promotion Sitges and it is an event declared of National Touristic Interest.
Here is the draft of the activity for 2015:
Saturday March 21
Participants gathering at 10.00am in Avenida Diagonal before L’Illa Center and car checks up to 5.30pm
Domingo día 22 marzo 2015
From 08:30am to 10.30am in Plaza Sant Jaume arrival of cars and participants wearing costumes according to the age of their car. Traditional chocolatada at the City Hall
11:00am the ride starts passing thru the gothic district streets and heading to Sitges via the Garraf coastal road.
11:30am to 13:15pm arrival of luxury sport cars at Plaza de la Fregata and car exhibition
12.00pm to 2.00pm live music at Cap de la Villa and Plaza de la Fragata.
12.30pm approximately, the arrival of 56th Barcelona-Sitges Rally cars at Aiguadolç port
13.30pm the Rally cars drive from the Port to Sitges center to stay in exhibition till 5.30pm. During this time there will be lunch and the prizes award.
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posted by Paola at https://www.casitasitges.com