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Rendez-vous du 23 au 25 avril 2021
Toute l'équipe de trajectoire prépare activement les 20 ans de l'Ardenne Roads. Puisque 2020 aura été une année blanche, il ne s'agira pas à proprement parler de la vingtième édition, mais cela fera 20 ans que l'Ardenne Roads a vu le jour.

Un vent de renouveau.

L'Ardenne Roads est le plus ancien rallye de régularité en Belgique. Et depuis 2002, le monde de de la voiture de collection a bien évolué. 

Tout en gardant l'ADN de notre rendez-vous (régularité accessible, 1er rallye de l'année, réceptions et festivités de qualité) il était temps pour nous de faire évoluer la formule.

Les surprises vont s'enchainer dans les semaines à venir.

Mais le premier changement à annoncer est que le rallye aura désormais lieu les vendredi 23 et samedi 24 avril.

Le dimanche 25 avril sera lui réservé à deux événements complémentaires.

Les contrôles d'avant rallye se feront le jeudi après-midi et en soirée.


Le renouveau du rallye va s'accompagner d'un nouveau site internet.

Il est en cours de réalisation et nous vous informerons dès sa mise en ligne.

2020 a été très long et nous nous réjouissons de vous revoir !
A très bientôt
Toute l'équipe de trajectoire.
The Marathon postponed to June 2021
The Marathon de la Route will not withstand the Coronavirus crisis. Although the preparation started already in August 2019, the finalization cannot be done due to the lack of follow-up of the prefectures which have many other priorities and a new verification of the route made impossible.

Add to this the uncertainty as to the freedom of movement in June, the period of economic recovery that will preoccupy everyone in his company: so many factors that have guided us to a one-year postponement.

See you in the second half of June 2021. The dates will be confirmed at a later date once we have received the availability of all the selected hotels.

We will continue to keep you informed.
In the meantime, please be careful!
New CLASSIC category, for those who don't want to ride at night.
From the 2017 edition of the Liège-Rome-Liège, we have introduced night stages for their special atmosphere, their endurance, their competitive side and the surpassing of oneself.

Even if these night stages are appreciated by the majority of competitors, some candidates do not feel comfortable driving at night and would give up the commitment, playing it understandebly safe.

Alongside the MARATHON and CHALLENGER categories, the CLASSIC category has been added.

It follows exactly the rules and the course of the Marathon category: regularity stages to be done either at the regularity table or with navigation devices such as Blunik or Crisartech.

The only difference is that rather than starting the overnight stages after dinner on Saturday and Monday, crews registered in the Classic category will return to the hotel by the most direct route.

A separate classification for this category is created.

One more reason to join us if you like regularity but not night stages !
Day 1 – Saturday, June 13 : Autun - Clermont-Ferrand
Burgundy-Franche Comté, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Occitania are the 3 regions we will cross during the Marathon de la Route. 12 departments will be on our route and even if sometimes we will cover them a second time, the sections will never be identical, not even compared to the 2019 route.

Other, even more touristic landscapes will surely seduce you: Burgundy, Cantal, the Aubrac Highlands, the volcanoes of the Auvergne and the Ardèche before a nice arrival in Beaune.

On Saturday in the early afternoon, the departure will be given from Autun, SAONE ET LOIRE, after which we will immediately join the NIEVRE and the roads of the Morvan with a passage through Château-Chinon, famous thanks to François Mitterrand.

After some RT in the north of ALLIER and close to Vichy we join Lapalisse for the evening meal. 

The first night route will pass through the Monts de la Madeleine and the Forez region with the final destination PUY DE DOME and Clermont Ferrand.
The list of the first 30 entries !
The 2020 edition of the Marathon de la Route will be a great year! Scheduled from 13 to 16 June, more than five months from now, the event is seducing, as its creator Jean-François Devillers was able to see for himself last weekend at the InterClassics show in Maastricht. 

Indeed, we have already registered the entries of 30 competitors," the organizer is pleased to say. This is clearly a good indication, because we know that several crews, especially on the Dutch-speaking side, have yet to officially register. This is also the case for the competitors in the next Legend Boucles @ Bastogne, who will take stock once this event is over, or for the participants already present at the Route 2019 Marathon, with whom we remain in contact. The 50 car mark at the start will certainly be reached...".

One reason why the very provisional list of pledges is already looking good is that it has an international connotation. Even if the organisation is Belgian, the French are indeed rushing to the gate to have fun on roads they sometimes know very well. This is a strong competition for the traditional black-yellow-red Regularity experts.
The second tariff in effect until January 15th.
From 3 December to 15 January inclusive, the second preferential rate is in force, namely a 100 euro advantage on participation fees.

For the simultaneous engagement of 3 crews, an additional discount of 100 euros is granted to each crew.

Finally, if you sponsor a crew that has not yet participated in the Liège-Rome-Liège 2017 and 2018, Marathon de la Route 2019 you get 50 euros more.

All these advantages can be combined.
Do you prefer regularity tables or Blunik like systems ?
It is an eternal debate in the world of regularity: should we favour old-fashioned navigation without instrumentation or follow technological evolution?  

It is not up to us to decide. Our aim is to provide an answer so that you can enjoy participating in the Marathon de la Route  and achieve good results whatever your type of navigation.

Already in 2019, we communicated  before the rally the average speeds used for approximately half of the RTs, allowing  the copilotes to encode them in their instruments.

For the other RTs, the regularity tables were distributed to everyone from the RTs.

Evolution of the rule.

In 2020, we propose an evolution of this system, taking into account your comments made in the inquiery.

  • The publication in advance of the average speeds used for only 50% of the RTs remains.
  • For the other 50% of RTs, you can choose to use the classic regularity table or a table of averages to be encoded.

It is clear that the technology provides greater accuracy than traditional time tables. Thus, crews using Blunik type instrumentation will be penalized by 0.25 point per time taken.

This 0.25 point penalty fills the gap of accuracy of digital technology and traditional manual tables. It will be the  team’s decision to to use the method they prefer in full knowledge of the facts.
Early bird fee before December 2!
Register before December 2 and save 150 euros.
Early bird fee is 2,445 euros
, excluding accommodation. 

It is still possible to cumulate other discounts:

Advantage per team: - 100 euros / car
Group registration of 3 crews.
(the discount is offered to each crew)

Individual sponsorship: - 50 euros / sponsorship
Any participant sponsoring a new crew who has not taken part in the previous 3 editions will benefit from additional discount.
Edition 2020 from June 13 to 16!
After the success of the 2019 edition last June, the Marathon de la Route will once again be on the 2020 season calendar for regularity rallies for vintage cars.

Eager to capitalize on everything that has contributed to the success of this summer event, Jean-François Devillers and the entire Trajectoire team are now officially setting the dates for their next vintage:  from June 13 to 16, a week later than in 2019....

"The quest for the ideal date is always a great challenge for any organizer," comments Jean-François Devillers. "Initially, we wanted to schedule our event from June 20 to 23, in order to get away from the British Classic Marathon, but the unavailability of two hotels on these dates forced us to move everything forward by a week".

It should be remembered that unlike other organisations, Trajectoire also manages all the hotels for participants and assistance. It is therefore from Saturday 13 to Tuesday 16 June 2020 that the competitors will be able to have a great time on a course entirely planned in France, as last year, with the unavoidable Joseph Lambert and Eric Chapa at the helm."

So, on your calendars... Know that the pre-departure cities will be Spa, Reims, Valence and Beaune. As for the route, it will be revealed shortly, with its stopover towns in particular. All you have to do is keep an eye out for the information published here and there, and in particular on the official media of the Marathon de la Route, either the website or the Facebook page of Trajectoire. See you soon....
Decremer-Albert win at Beaune !
Four days of racing between Nancy and Beaune, the rare beauty of landscapes that have won unanimous acclaim, and ultimately, a rebound and a ranking that changes in the ultimate regularity tests ! No doubt, the 2019 Marathon de la Route organised by the Trajectoire team was a great vintage, and the teams have greatly appreciated ...

As to the race, it was thought that Stéphane Blaise and Patrick Lienne (Porsche 911), leaders since the second stage, were in for the win, ready to just slide to Beaune. A mistake, as the top 5 of the Marathon de la Route is composed of some of the best Belgian teams, which means that the slightest approximation or hesitation can cost a lot. So much so that some have managed to 'go to zero' in parts that had as much as 14 time checks ! Proof of the excellence of the teams who have made regularity their specialty ...

In the final part of the event, the duo Blaise-Lienne missed a change of average, which cost them 8 points ... and the victory! Already winners of the Liège-Rome-Liège in 2018, Michel Decremer and Yannick Albert (Opel Ascona) took this at their advantage, rushing into the breach to win with an advance of ... 4.4 points!

"It was clearly not played at all," explained Yannick Albert after the podium. In fact, the one who was going to emerge victorious from this superb four-day fight was the team who was able to keep its coolness to the end ! This victory makes us just as happy, Michel and me, as the one last year, when we won the Liège-Rome-Liège almost by accident, Yves Deflandre having been penalised without making a mistake. We really loved this Marathon de la Route. Of course, the 'Liège' is prestigious and grandiose in terms of landscapes, but this concentrated version was incredibly dense and terribly rhythmic. A real four-day marathon! "

Behind Decremer-Albert and Blaise-Lienne, the final podium of the 2019 Marathon is completed by Yves and Benoît Deflandre (Porsche 911), authors of a devilish finish, after having won the night loop of the penultimate step. The Orange 911 was ahead of Yves Noelanders and Renaud Herman's Volvo PV544, Johnny Delhez and Robert Vandevorst's Ford Escort MK1 and Kurt Vanderspinnen and Anton Dupan's Ford Cortina Lotus. The best 'non-Belgians' were the British Mark and Susan Godfrey (MG B), very good 8th overall, finishing between Schoonbroodt-Gehlen (Ford Escort MK1) and Declerck-Vyncke (Porsche 911 Targa). It was the Lamotte-Polet duo (Lancia Fulvia HF) that closed the top 10.

"This 2019 Marathon de la Route was excellent," says Jean-François Devillers, organizer. Of course, four days of racing is easier to manage than seven, but the teams were delighted to cross exceptional regions such as the Ardèche and and the Drôme, which clearly won unanimous acclaim. What are we going to do in 2020 ? It is still too early to say, and in fact, it is the competitors who will give their opinion and who will dictate our final choice. But this formula pleased, that's for sure ! "

At the end of these four very intense days, Jean-François Devillers, Eric Chapa, Joseph Lambert and all the others will start by resting ... before considering the continuation of a history that for sure will be even more exciting!

Marathon de la Route 2019 / Final Ranking  

Decremer-Albert (Opel Ascona), 449,9 pts
Blaise-Lienne (Porsche 911), 454,3 pts
Deflandre-Deflandre (Porsche 911), 481,7 pts
Noelanders-Herman (Volvo PV544), 573,7 pts
Delhez-Vandevorst (Ford Escort MK1), 637,0 pts
Vanderspinnen-Dupan (Ford Cortina Lotus), 739,3 pts
Schoonbroodt-Gehlen (Ford Escort MK1), 910,3 pts
Godfrey-Godfrey (MG B), 994,7 pts
Declerck-Vyncke (Porsche 911 Targa), 1145,1 pts
Lamotte-Polet (Lancia Fulvia HF), 1236,7 pts
Blaise-Lienne (Porsche 911) at the lead before the night loop and the last stage between Vals-les-Bains and Beaune !
No, the 2019 Marathon de la Route, which started Saturday afternoon in Nancy, has nothing to do with cruising, despite the beauty of the landscapes crossed. This Monday, between Grenoble and Vals-les-Bains, the competitors faced a thick fog, hail and rain! Four regularity tests were on the morning program, six more in the afternoon, and it was around 18:30 that the cars appeared in Vals-les-Bains, a famous spa in the Ardèche.

From a sportive point of view, everything is going well and the gaps remain small, says Jean-François Devillers, head of Trajectoire and organizer of the Marathon de la Route. Over a distance of 20 kilometres, there are sometimes 1.5 points or 2 points difference between the best, which says a lot about the expertise of each. This means that the slightest mistake can be paid cash in the ranking. It was assumed that this Monday would be the most difficult day of the event, because once arrived in Vals-les-Bains, competitors will take possession of their rooms, have dinner ... and leave for a night loop organized between 21 hours and 1 am ! No less than five RTs are still on the program, which means that the event may well bounce back on Monday night ! And tomorrow morning, we leave at 8 am for a itinerary passing through Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid, a very high place of the Rally of Monte-Carlo, but also sections visited by the Lyon-Charbonnières, for an arrival in Beaune around 19:30. It's around 9:00 pm that the final general classification should be officialised ... "

After having had bad luck last year, Stéphane Blaise and Patrick Lienne (Porsche 911) took the lead in the Marathon de la Route at the second stage between Besançon and Grenoble. They confirmed this Monday during the day, leading the provisional ranking before the night loop. But in their wake, we see Yves Noelanders and Renaud Herman (Volvo PV544), but also Michel Decremer and Yannick Albert (Opel Ascona) at just a few points, while Yves and Benoît Deflandre (Porsche 911), as well as Johnny Delhez and Robert Vandevorst (Ford Escort MK1) are ready to give it their utmost during the night. In short, nothing is certain yet !

Appointment this Tuesday at the end of the day for the outcome of a 2019 Marathon de la Route widely appreciated by the competitors. Place your bets !
Etape 2 : Blaise-Lienne (Porsche 911) se portent aux commandes à Grenoble
Après une boucle nocturne ayant clôturé la première étape du Marathon de la Route en mettant l’accent sur la navigation, ce qui en a déconcerté plus d’un, l’épreuve orchestrée par Trajectoire s’est poursuivie entre Besançon et Grenoble ce dimanche. Avec au menu un terrain de jeu sensiblement différent, traversant Doubs et Jura, et gagnant en altitude pour se clôturer en moyenne montagne. Au menu de cette étape figuraient 8 tests de régularité, tandis que la pluie s’invitait à la fête sur le temps de midi.

Alors que l’épreuve atteignait déjà la mi-parcours, Stéphane Blaise et Patrick Lienne (Porsche 911) étaient les grands bénéficiaires du jour, se portant aux commandes en prenant le meilleur sur Yves Noelanders et Renaud Herman (Volvo PV544), leaders la veille au soir, qui ont rencontré des soucis de suspension les renvoyant en 5ème position provisoire. De leur côté, Yves et Benoît Deflandre (Porsche 911) ont connu une fin de journée difficile, quelques tracasseries mécaniques n’ayant finalement pas de réelle incidence sur leur classement, le célèbre bolide orange pointant en 3ème position provisoire derrière l’Opel Ascona de Michel Decremer et Yannick Albert, et devant la Ford Escort MK1 de Johnny Delhez et Robert Vandervorst. Et comme une centaine de points seulement sépare le top 5, tout reste bien sûr possible…

En ce lundi de Pentecôte, la caravane prendra la direction de Vals-les-Bains et de l’Ardèche, pour une étape qui pourrait s’avérer très importante en vue du décompte final. Non seulement le Marathon de la Route roulera sur le tracé de certaines spéciales mythiques du Rallye de Monte-Carlo, mais les 4 tests de régularité du matin et les 6 RT de l’après-midi seront suivis d’une nouvelle boucle de nuit riche de 5 épreuves de classement ! Grosse journée en perspective, et un classement qui a de fortes chances d’évoluer sur les routes étroites de l’Ardèche. Va y avoir du sport…
And we are off
For the fifty crews starting the Marathon de la Route 2019, the wait ended on Saturday, June 8, the day of the great departure and a first rather solid stage. As early as 8 am, the cars left the three pre-departure cities, Spa, Reims and Beaune, to reach Nancy, where the official start was given at 15:00 in a very pleasant setting, the Parc de la Pépinière, near the famous Place Stanislas.

"It's worth noting the quality of the welcome we received in Nancy," says Jean-François Devillers, head of the company Trajectoire, organizer of the event. The park in which we found ourselves had no longer hosted a 'motor' event for twenty years, which shows the confidence that the authorities of Nancy have given us. I especially want to thank the technical services of the city for their investment. "

Five tests of regularity (RT) were on the menu of the first part of this initial stage, before a dinner break in the station of ... La Planche des Belles Filles, summit of the Vosges mountains, culminating at 1148 meters, in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region ! After having eaten and recuperated, the crews left towards Besançon, the first stage city, which they had to reach after a night stage with four additional RT.

At the time of the dinner break, the ranking pleaded in favor of Yves Noelanders and Renaud Herman (Volvo PV544), who lead the dance in front of Yves et Benoît Deflandre (Porsche 911), Johnny Delhez et Robert Vandevorst (Ford Escort MK1), Michel Decremer et Yannick Albert (Opel Ascona), but also Andrew and Sarah Mallagh (Porsche 911). Results that remain of course provisional and unofficial.

See you tomorrow night for a new update of the situation at the end of the second stage, which will lead the competitors of the Route 2019 Marathon from Besançon to Grenoble.
Controls and starts : Welcome to everyone !
If there are 3 departure cities, the schedules are identical.

Administrative and vehicle controls checks: Friday, June 7 from 18:00 to 20:00
Start of the concentration route: June, 8 at 08:01

The meeting places are:

Spa:      Controls and departure: Parc de Sept Heure
Reims:   Controls at IBIS Reims Tinqueux
             Departure from the circuit of Reims Gueux
Beaune: Controls and departure: IBIS Beaune Centre.

The official start in Nancy takes place:
Parc de la Pépinière, Saturday 8 June, 15:01
(Arrival of the first cars around 13:00)
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Ready for the start !
n the ranks of the Trajectoire team, which runs the 2019 Road Marathon, the days are counted... Indeed, it is this Saturday, June 8 at 3:00 pm that the big start will be given in Nancy, more precisely from the beautiful Parc de la Pépinière, just behind Place Stanislas.

Make no mistake about it, however, the fifty or so crews ready to compete for four days between Nancy, Besançon, Grenoble, Vals-les-Bains and Beaune, through Vosges, Jura, Vercors, Vivarais and Ardèche, will be at work... from the evening before!

Indeed, the technical and administrative inspection operations will take place on Friday between 6pm and 8pm in the three pre-departure cities of Spa, Reims and Beaune. And it is on Saturday morning, at 8:00 am, that the cars will start for the concentration course bringing everyone back to Nancy in the late morning.

After the time required to install the Tripy and calibrate it, competitors will enjoy the last moments of calm before the big start! On the menu: a first stop towards Besançon which will include a night loop ending around midnight! This is called getting to the heart of the matter right away!

This means that the battle is likely to be a breathless one at the top of the rankings from the outset, especially since there are many favourite crews, including Decremer-Albert (Opel Ascona), Deflandre-Deflandre (Porsche 911), Ballet-Ballet (Porsche 911), Declerck-Vyncke (Porsche 911), Vanderspinnen-Dupan (Ford Cortina Lotus), Crucifix-Moustakas (Ford Anglia), Noelanders-Herman (Volvo PV544), Godfrey-Godfrey (MG B), Dujardyn-Deplancke (Porsche 911), Delhez-Vandevorst (Ford Escort MK1), Schoonbroodt-Gehlen (Ford Escort MK1), Baugnée-Remion (Porsche 911), Van Rompuy-Goris (Opel Ascona), Van Peer-Caldeira (BMW 2002), etc. And there could be many surprises, with French crews playing at home, and who could beat the odds.
Discover which crews leave from Spa, Reims or Beaune
The list of entrants by start number is online
Une Citroen Diane au départ !
Le compte à rebours a débuté pour l’équipe de Trajectoire organisatrice du Marathon de la Route 2019. La liste officielle et définitive des engagés, riche d’une cinquantaine de voitures, est publiée. L’occasion de relever la présence de trois équipages inscrits ‘sur le tard’, mais qui ne devraient pas manquer de faire parler d’eux. A commencer par Kurt Vanderspinnen et Antonio Dupan, qui mettront leur expérience en commun dans l’habitacle de la bien connue Ford Cortina Lotus 1964. Un duo qui s’ajoute au groupe des favoris à la victoire, très bien achalandé en vue des réjouissances programmées entre le 8 et le 11 juin au départ de Nancy.

Nettement moins courante est la Citroën Dyane alignée par Felix Quirijnen et Corneille Trullemans, qui misera sur sa légendaire fiabilité à défaut de pouvoir profiter d’une puissance conséquente. Une bonne surprise est néanmoins à attendre pour la sympathique grande sœur de la 2CV…

Enfin, la catégorie ‘Challenger’, lancée en prévision du Liège-Rome-Liège 2019, accueille au départ rien moins qu’une Alpine A110, la célèbre Berlinette chère à Jean Rédélé, que se partageront le Français Patrick Lansier et le Belge Alex Paquay. Une voiture qui croisera le fer avec la Shelby Cobra de Nico Depondt et Gorik Vandersanden.

Cette fois, tout est en place, que la fête du Marathon de la Route 2019 commence…
Close-up on the grouping route
As announced many weeks ago, Nancy will be the starting point for the 2019 Marathon de la Route, the organisation of the Trajectoire team. But before passing on the podium installed in the heart of the city of the Far East, the competitors will have covered a grouping route from three equidistant cities of Nancy. There are even three Routes on offer, the Water Route, the Burgundy Wine Route and the Champagne Route! Explanations....

The Water Route will see the competitors start from Spa, with a flight from the famous "Parc des 7 Heures". The crews will head for Francorchamps, Stavelot, Trois-Ponts, to reach the province of Luxembourg, refuel at Martelange and stop at the BMW Bilia-Emond Garage in Arlon. Via national roads and motorways, the Water Route caravan will pass through Longwy and Metz to Nancy, at the end of a 259-kilometre journey.

If Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy, will serve as the finishing city at the end of the 2019 Marathon de la Route, this city will also be one of the starting points for those who have chosen the Burgundy Wine Route! With a route towards Dijon that will cross such famous vineyards as Aloxe-Corton, Vosne-Romanée, Vougeot, Gevrey-Chambertin, Nuits-St-Georges, etc. After about seventy kilometres, the cars will travel by motorway to the south of Nancy, a distance of 265 kilometres.

As for the Champagne Route, it will of course start from Reims, also the starting point for the Rallye de Monte-Carlo Historique. Road Marathon competitors will be welcomed on the Reims-Gueux Circuit, where the circuit's preservation committee will do them proud. Then, 50 kilometres of the true Champagne Route, between vineyards and famous cellars, all in the direction of Châlons-en-Champagne. Heading for Nancy via Nationals 44 and 4, for a total of 235 kilometres. 

Once all these people have arrived in Nancy, the roadworthiness tests and the installation of the Tripy will take place at the Automobile Club Lorrain (ACL) in Nancy.

As you can see, the 2019 Road Marathon will already be a celebration before the big start... 

Translated with
REC Watches will reward the winners!
REC Watches: watches that recycle old cars.

The passage of time and accuracy to the second are essential components of an event such as ING Ardenne Roads. The beautiful mechanics too, with its patinated materials, embellished by the kilometres. It is therefore more than consistent to see the event associated with the REC Watches brand of watches. The Danish watchmaker has made it a specialty to create unique collections.

Indeed, they extract some of their components from old car materials intended for scrap. Components from Porsche 911, Mini, old Mustang and even Spitfire aircraft have been worked on and combined with a bracelet.

Patrick Gelder, importer of the Danish brand in Belgium: "Our product is certainly the most closely linked to the automobile of all watchmaking craftsmanship. The material or part of the material of our dials is made of recycled 911 or Mustang elements. We are launching the marketing of this young brand in Belgium and are sure that the teams will see the philosophical relationship between our watchmaking products and the event! »

The winners of the Marathon de la Route will each receive a REC 901, in honour of the Porsche 911. 
Et quelques engagés de pus qui font 50 !
Encore des nouveaux noms sur la liste des engagés !

Comme annoncé il y a peu, la liste des engagés du Marathon de la Route 2019, programmé du 8 au 11 juin entre Nancy et Beaune, ne cesse de s’allonger.

Et cette fois, le cap des cinquantes voitures est atteint !

Frère de Michel Decremer, Werner Decremer s’est laissé tenter à son tour. Il sera copiloté par Bart Van Camp dans l’habitacle d’une Porsche 911 SC.

Déjà présent l’an dernier, André Lamotte remet le couvert, échangeant sa Lancia Aurelia B20 contre une Fulvia HF, avec bien sûr Joseph Polet dans le baquet de droite.

Quant à Georges et Jean-François Neuville (BMW 2002 Tii), ils avaient goûté au Liège-Rome-Liège l’an dernier dans l’annexe ‘Tribute’, devenue ‘Challenger’ sur le Marathon de la Route 2019. Séduits, ils participeront cette année à l’intégralité de l’épreuve.

Un nouvel équipage français est aussi à relever, avec Jean-Luc Basty et Jacques Moreau, dont la plus récente Renault 5 GT Turbo aura pour avantage de jouer à domicile.

Signalons enfin qu’Eric Van Peer, engagé sur son habituelle BMW 2002, récupère à ses côtés le bien connu Antonio Caldeira, conséquence du forfait du pilote initial du Portugais, Jean-Pierre Verneuil. 

Agreement of the 16 prefectures crossed
Things are progressing within the organisation of the Marathon de la Route, scheduled from 8 to 11 June between Vosges, Jura, Vercors and Ardèche, with an official start in Nancy and an arrival at the Hospices de Beaune.

This week, Joseph Lambert and Eric Chapa, who are in charge of the route, are carrying out a second reconnaissance trip in order to definitively validate the route.

In the meantime, the 16 prefectures involved in the passage of the Marathon de la Route have officially given their approval, which means that all the elements are in place to guarantee a high quality event, a hallmark of Trajectoire.
The milestone of 50 registrations on the way to being reached!
On the participants' side, the trend is confirmed and satisfaction is clearly there..." We are indeed flirting with the 50 crews registered, which is very good news," explained organiser Jean-François Devillers. In fact, 48 cars are already in order of participation, while several crews are in the process of reflection or even concretization.

A few hours after the announcement of the creation of a "Challenger" category with less restrictions in terms of navigation and sporting difficulty, the first rider came forward. This is Nico Depondt, who will start in his 1965 AC Cobra. Once the first commitment has been made, other "Challenger" competitors will follow..."
Les LED dorénavant autorisée sur le Marathon !
At the initiative of the Marathon de la Route, the RACB now authorizes LED light bulbs.

Over the last two years, the Liège-Rome-Liège organised by Trajectoire has had two night stages, long, difficult, trying, worshipped by some... and feared by others! For the next Road Marathon (June 8-11), two short night stages are on the programme, organised in the evening, with an arrival shortly after midnight.

If these night stages are sometimes feared, it is because gentlemen drivers who are fond of these events can encounter visibility problems in the dark. Our old cars do not tolerate the excess of high-power halogen headlights and therefore regularly encounter alternator problems.

It would be a pity, however, to do without night stops completely, during which we encounter the fewest cars, pedestrians or cyclists while driving on roads open to traffic.

In recent years, federations have refused to use technologies other than halogen lamps in order to preserve the historical character of cars. But recently, Trajectoire received a note from the FIA recommending the use of LEDs for better visibility!

After a constructive discussion with the RACB, Jean-François Devillers and his team obtained that, for safety reasons (visibility and electrical equipment of cars), LED bulbs are now allowed in "conventional" optics.

In other words, banning ramps of LED headlights that would disfigure historic cars, but LED light bulbs in original or additional headlights are allowed. Be careful, xenon bulbs are still forbidden!
The investment in these LED light bulbs is interesting, as this regulation should be applied in other historical rallies under the authority of the RACB.

Trajectoire has also undertaken the same procedure with the FBVA, which has yet to rule. But logic would have it follow in his footsteps!
The entry list .... encrease
With its unusual character, its 100% hexagonal route, the quality of its organization and the heritage it represents, the Marathon de la Route continues to win entries. This translates into a list of entrants that continues to grow. These days, new crews have indeed confirmed their participation.

Thus the French contingent, which will play at home, is now richer with the very beautiful 1966 Triumph TR3 by Alain d'Espois and Arnaud de Beaucaron, but also with the original 1966 NSU TT 1200 by Jean Greilich and Arnaud Martin. An international nucleus that has given itself a Germanic touch, with the commitment of the 1976 BMW 320 E21 by Thomas Koerner and Udo Schauss. Willkommen!

On the belgian side, things are still improving, with the well-known Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint 1970 by Michel Hermans and Daniel Pigeolet, key figures on the regularity scene, but also the Alfa Romeo Giulia Junior Bertone 1972 by Alain Collée and Didrik Mortier, the highly appreciated and robust Datsun 240 Z 1972 by Eric Claeys and René Declercq, but also the Porsche 911 2.4 S 1973 by Serge Bertay and Guy Delsarte.

Let's bet that with the advent of the "Challenger" category, which is aimed at crews wishing to take part in a "cooler" Road Marathon, this provisional list will evolve further in the coming weeks. We'll keep you informed....

The entry list v7
Creation of the Challenger category !
... for those who want to do the rally in an easier way.

Regularly, potential competitors inform us of their desire to take part in the Marathon de la Route without the stress of regularity with variable averages, or that of sophisticated measuring devices or an experienced co-pilot.

Rather than offering yet another ride without the slightest stake, we propose a simple formula, with a minimum of constraints, easy to implement, but with a clear sporting interest and a specific ranking.

The "Challenger" formula offers a roadbook in arrow-metered format identical to that of the "Marathon" category, a start 10 minutes after the last “Marathon” competitor, a unique average of maximum 50 km/h, and above all a single time check at the end of each regularity test (RT).

The pace will therefore be cooler, especially in the winding sections, since it will clearly be possible for competitors to get ahead in the more rolling sectors. In fact, a stopwatch will be sufficient, as soon as the time to be achieved is given.

With only the constraint of respecting the radar zones specified in the roadbook, for obvious safety reasons and with Tripy control, this "Challenger" formula is clearly aimed at less experienced crews, but also family duets, or tandems wishing to alternate pilot and co-pilot positions.

Even if we want to favour vehicles with a historical or sporting interest, the "Challenger" formula is open to more modern cars. An age coefficient will then be applied.
Day 3, Monday June, 10 : Grenoble - Vals-les-Bains
The Ardèche in the spotlight and the second (and last) evening on the menu.

The third stage from Grenoble to Vals-les-Bains will cross the Isère, the Drôme and the Ardèche, a region congratulated by rally drivers of all time. No less than 15 RTs are on the agenda today, including several on the high places of the modern and historic Monte-Carlo rallies!

The morning will start with an RT in the Vercors offering splendid rocky landscapes combining gorges, passes, combes, crests, gullies where you would love to stop for pleasure (but it will be complicated...). After the 4 RTs in the morning, you will already be in the Drôme valley for lunch at the Restaurant l'Expression near Chabeuil.

After crossing the Rhône, the rally enters the Ardèche, which will become the playground for the next 24 hours.

6 RT in the Eyrieux valley and the Monts d'Ardèche during the afternoon will take you to Vals-les-Bains. Arrival on the village square, a little rest in your room followed by dinner and it will be time to leave for the night of the Ardêche, a loop that will take place south of Vals in Les Boutières and then in the north of the Cévennes. Return around midnight for the first ones.
And now, a Datsun 240Z !
Good news follows one another on the stage of the Road Marathon!

A few hours after Christophe and Anne Baillet, whose Porsche 911 Carrera made a striking entry into the group of favourites, a Datsun 240 Z is on the way! And not just any one, since Eric Claeys and René Declercq are not at their first try, admitting a predilection for legendary events. 4th in Beijing-Paris in 2016, 1st in the Baltic Classic in 2017 and 4th in the Himalayan Challenge in 2018, the Datsun is a Japanese car that subscribes to long-distance challenges and will most probably swallow the distance between Nancy and Beaune in early summer. It should be noted that the Claeys-Declercq duo is not unknown in the ranks of Trajectoire. In fact, they registered for the Liège-Sofia-Liège 2015, before having to give up the start, as the car was not finished on time.

So it was only a postponement...
The five-time winner of the "Tour de Corse Historique" at the start!
Excellent news that has just been made official. Five-time winner of the Tour de Corse Historique, winner of the Trophée des Alpes, Frenchman Christophe Baillet will participate  with his wife Anne in a 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7. He is necessarily a very strong candidate for victory...

"It is above all the quality of the organizing team of this Marathon de la Route that decided us to commit ourselves," explains Christophe Baillet. I have known Joseph Lambert for years, and with him, we are sure that the choice of routes will be optimal. A regularity rally takes place on roads open to traffic, and it is essential that the safety aspect is widely taken into account. The future of the discipline depends on it, and with such a team, we know that everything is done according to the rules..."

Challenging the Belgians, specialists in regularity, on neutral ground was another major motivation for the Baillet-Baillet crew: "During this event, there will not be too much navigation, which increases our chances of beating the experts from Belgium. I have already tried to face them in Belgium, but they all know the pitfalls of the proposed routes, which makes the confrontation unequal. Here, we will be playing on neutral ground, which means that everyone has a chance. With my wife Anne being my best co-pilot, we are more than motivated to get together in the first place..."
The starting list is growing: 40 crews to date.
The formula proposed in 2019 seems to meet the demand of regularity enthusiasts: elimination of the first night, 4 stages instead of 7, competitive rates, 4 pre-departure cities including Lyon to facilitate the organisation of crews from Southern Europe.

Certainly the return of good weather is encouraging us to plan the rallies of the season, we have recorded a few additional crews that bring the list to around forty crews to date.

Registrations remain open, of course.
Day 2, Sunday June 9th : Besançon - Grenoble
The second day will start in the east of the department with 2 RTs. The crews will have to be awake before passing through the Jura department where 2 other RTs will connect the Swiss border to St Laurent en Grandvaux to join after a last RT the small village of Les Crozets for the lunch break.

With a link to Saint Claude in the early afternoon, the route climbs to a last RT in the Haut-Jura before reaching the Ain and Bugey departments through little-known regions where pilots will be delighted by sections with almost non-existent traffic.
After 2 RTs in the Ain, the route flirts with the departments of Isère and Savoie before reaching the famous Massif de la Chartreuse where the last RT of the day will take place and reaching the hotel in Grenoble, the end of the second day.

A stage that will end at a very decent hour for a well-deserved dinner.
Our price policy : a win-win offer !
As professionals of organising such events 'trajectoire' has a clear price policy and rather than having extremely low prices with only partial costs like other organizers, so you have to take care of the rest of the organization yourself, our price includes all essential services for a good sporty and safe rally:

a D-1 team checking the course the day before,
a lead vehicle that opens the course (Joseph Lambert),
a doctor,
a calculation office which produces Live results,
the Tripy system for thousands of time measurements,
a sweep vehicle that follows the rally, to assist with any problems
a support vehicle to help  with breakdowns
official assistance, available in the mornings, afternoons and evenings
a race direction at the heart of the event
Special Awards.

We believe that a quality rally should also guarantee you full control and provide all means to make your rally easier and more enjoyable:

A festive departure,
Nice hotels,
Secure parking facilities,
All lunch and evening meals,
The transport of your luggage,
The organisation of aperitifs,
A free mobile application,
4-language communication,
A photographer team,
A cameraman with a drone,
Facebook live,

This is why we need the thirty people who will supervise you during these 4 days.
New teams at the start !
Scheduled from June 8 to 11 from Nancy, the 2019 Road Marathon already looks like a good vintage.

The end-of-year holiday season has indeed made it possible to register new tegistrations, which brings the list - very provisional, of course - to 36 crews.

Among the favourites in the battle for victory, Yves Noelanders revealed the name of his co-driver in the passenger compartment of the Volvo PV544. This is the young Renaud Herman, who has definitely been in all the right places lately. As for Christian Crucifix, who is leaving with his Ford Anglia, he will be assisted by his Greek friend Spyros Moustakas. 

As for the newcomers, there are two French crews, one Franco-Belgian and one Belgian.
On the hexagonal side, François Feuchot and Jean Rick will line up in Porsche 914/6, Jacky Jacquet and Sophie Bie in Porsche 911 Carrera.
Patrick Lansier, co-drivered by Belgian Alex Paquay, will bring a touch of legend to the A110 Alpine.
As for Frédéric Schilling and Stéphane Dufour, they are lining up another Porsche 914/6, this time from our country.

See the entry list v3
trajectoire wishes you a great motoring millesim !
Route : glimpse at the first day !
As a reminder, competitors will be able to choose between 4 cities for their pre-departure: Spa and Kortrijk in Belgium, Reims and Lyon in France. The departure is scheduled at daybreak to arrive in Nancy in the middle of the day. The Tripy assembly and calibration will take place on the outskirts of the city before gathering in the city centre, a stone's throw from the famous Place Stanislas.

The start will be given in the middle of the afternoon to the Grand Est and Epinal in the Vosges where the first of 5 RTs will start, which will take special stages of the Rallye d'Alsace, the former WRC event.

Via Remiremont, the Val d'Ajol and the Région des Ballons, competitors will have the opportunity to get into the swing of things before arriving in Haute-Saône at the Plateau des Belles Filles, announced as the first mythical place in the 2019 Tour de France cycling event, where the evening meal will be served.

The first evening stage will begin with a liaison stage in Franche-Comté crossing several of the most beautiful villages in France to reach the department of the Doubs where 4 night RTs, partly in the Lomont Chain, will put both pilot and co-pilot to the test before reaching the town of Besançon shortly after midnight.
Already more than 30 participants from different nationalities
The formula proposed in 2019 seems to meet the demand of regularity enthusiasts: elimination of the first night, 4 stages instead of 7, competitive rates, 4 pre-departure cities including Lyon to facilitate the organisation of crews from Southern Europe.

On the starting list are a few top names such as Yves and Benoît Deflandre, Yves Noelanders, Stéphane Blaise and Patrick Lienne, not to mention Michel Decremer and Yannick Albert, this year's winners .

The rally is also going international with three English teams, one Swiss, one German and about ten French.

See the entry list
A female team ... with a Cobra !
Good news follow one another on the front of the Road Marathon.

While nearly thirty crews have already confirmed their commitment to the event scheduled for June 8-11 in Nancy, a second 100% women's duo is on the way, after Edith Ragot and Andrée Mahler on Volkswagen Coccinelle.

As this year on the Liège-Rome-Liège, Mexico's Roamhy Heras and Belgium's Jennifer Hugo will be in attendance, except that this time they will trade their Porsche 356 for a.... AC Cobra!
An American car that Roamhy has already had the opportunity to drive during races reserved for vintage cars. No doubt, the road Marathon plateau is getting richer every week, which is clearly promising....
Many foreigners already at the start.
As announced several times, the 2019 Road Marathon, which will succeed the Liège-Rome-Liège this year, will be held entirely in France from 8 to 11 June.

The (very) provisional list of entrants already gives pride of place to the international nature of the event.

As expected, the hexagonal crews are registering :
- Ginies-Ginies (Austin Healey 100/6),
- Dransard-X (Porsche 944 Turbo),
- Ragot-Mahler (100% female crew, Volkswagen Beetle),
- Maigne-Vaquez (Morgan +4),
- Ollier-Bezier (Triumph TR3A), 
- Chatelus-Chatelus (Peugeot 504).

In front of the French, the English people will have their say, with:
- Mark and Susan Godfrey (MG B),
- Barker-Cave (Triumph TR4)
- Mallagh-Mallagh (Porsche 911 2.7 RS).

From nearby Switzerland will arrive Lachenal-Belotti (Ford Escort RS).
From Germany: Jörg Olzen and Thomas Wagner (MG B Tourer).

On top of that, a Canadian driver, Thierry Parisot, is already official. He will team up with Frenchman Eddy Doby on Porsche 911 SC RS.

Promising... and largely provisional.
Le règlement provisoire est en ligne
The provisional regulations are available in our document library
 in the 'competitors' tab.
New and first female crew
‘trajectoire’ has always favoured and highlighted the participation of women's teams in its various events. Already in 2002, with the pair formed by Martine HERMANS and Pascale Van LIERDE during the first edition of the ING Ardenne Roads.

During the Liège-Sofia-Liège and Liège-Rome-Liège, very sporting events that require both physical and mental endurance, they took up the challenge in a great way. We remember the crew formed by Roamhy HERAS and Jennifer HUGO who, despite a recalcitrant and capricious Porsche 356, completed the rally with the admiration of all.

Today, a new crew is doing us the honour of lining up with a very beautiful 1970 VW Beetle: Edith RAGOT and Andrée MAHLER. With several participations in the Princess Rally, the Alpine Rally and other regional regularity rallies, let's be sure they don't just come for a joyride!viennent pas juste pour se balader !
10 free tickets to Interclassics Brussels
This show has become a must in just a few editions and 'trajectoire' will meet you again in Hall 6, right next to the 70th anniversary Porsche exhibition.

We will be happy to receive you to inform you about ING Ardenne Roads as well as the Road Marathon. We will also present two new lifestyle weekends scheduled for May and October.

The 10 beneficiaries will be drawn at random from among the crews registered for one of our two rallies before Sunday evening, November 11 at midnight.

The 10 winners will be contacted by email and will then receive their entry by post.
An experienced English team at the start
We know that the Liege-Rome-Liege and the Marathon de la Route are particularly well remembered by British pilots.

The first to enter this year's rally, with a Triumph TR4, are Peter BARKER and Willy CAVE.

The first has many races to his credit, including 2 victories at the Rallye des Alpes, in 2003 and 2010.
His co-driver, who could well be the oldest of the participants, made it as driver, to the 13th place overall in the Rallye des Alpes in 1956 and to the 17th place overall in the RACC rally in... 1959 !

Nombreux étrangers déjà au départs
Comme annoncé à plusieurs reprises, le Marathon de la Route 2019, qui succédera au Liège-Rome-Liège dans les organisations de Trajectoire (Jean-François Devillers), se disputera intégralement sur le sol français du 8 au 11 juin.

Histoire bien sûr que ce ne soit pas chaque fois les mêmes qui s'offrent de longs déplacements. Et la liste (très) provisoire des engagés fait déjà la part belle au caractère international de l'épreuve.

Comme attendu, les équipages hexagonaux s'annoncent progressivement :

- Ginies-Ginies (Austin Healey 100/6),
- Dransard-X (Porsche 944 Turbo),
- Ragot-Mahler (équipage 100% féminin, Volkswagen Coccinelle),
- Maigne-Vaquez (Morgan +4),
- Ollier-Bezier (Triumph TR3A),
- Chatelus-Chatelus (Peugeot 504) étant déjà en ordre d'inscription.

Face aux Français, les anglais auront leur mot à dire, avec :
- Mark et Susan Godfrey (MG B),
- Barker-Cave (Triumph TR4)
- Mallagh-Mallagh (Porsche 911 2,7 RS).

De la Suisse toute proche arriveront Lachenal-Belotti (Ford Escort RS).
Cerise sur la gâteau, un pilote... canadien, Thierry Parisot, est déjà officialisé.
Il fera équipe avec le Français Eddy Doby sur Porsche 911 SC RS.

Prometteur... et largement provisoire
The first crew registered
François GINIES (France) is the first to have registered for the Marathon de la Route.

In 2017, with his son Julien they had participated in the Liège-Rome-Liège on the same Austin Healey 100/6 from 1958. They had managed to bring their beautiful car to 17th position.

This year, he will team up with Antoine GINIES, his second son, still on the Austin Healey.
Opening of registrations and 1st preferential rate.
The first preferential rate grants participation at €2,345 for any registration until 15 November included.

It is also possible to cumulate other discounts:

team advantage : - 100 euros/car
Group registration of 3 crews
(the discount is offered to each crew)

individual sponsorship : - 50 euros / sponsorship
Any participant who sponsors a new crew not having taken part in the editions
2017 and 2018 will be offered a discount
Les villes de départ et les villes étapes sont connues !
Il y a quelques semaines, Trajectoire annonçait la mise sur pied d’un Marathon de la Route d’un genre différent en 2019. D’une durée de quatre jours, du samedi 8 au mardi 11 juin, essentiellement organisé sur le territoire français, l’événement entend s’ouvrir à un public plus large, et séduire davantage de concurrents hexagonaux. La France est un superbe pays… mais aussi un grand pays ! Restait donc à trouver des solutions pour ne pénaliser personne…

« Si le départ effectif de ce Marathon de la Route 2019 sera donné depuis la ville de Nancy, un principe de villes de départ va permettre à des concurrents venus de différents horizons géographiques de converger vers la région du Grand Est, explique Jean-François Devillers, organisateur. Dès le samedi matin, des équipages se mettront ainsi en route depuis Spa en Belgique francophone, Courtrai dans les Flandres, Reims et Lyon. Le grand regroupement aura lieu sur le temps de midi dans la périphérie de Nancy. » Et de là, un prologue permettra de déterminer l’ordre de départ du rallye. « Ensuite, cap sur Nancy intramuros, pour une exposition en bonne et due forme des voitures, puis le départ de la première étape en début d’après-midi », poursuit Jean-François Devillers.

Autre nouveauté majeure du Marathon de la Route, si l’on compare aux deux dernières éditions du Liège-Rome-Liège, la première étape abandonne la nuit entière, mais se terminera seulement aux alentours d'une heure du matin. Outre le plaisir de rouler de nuit, cela permet aussi d'éviter le trafic. De quoi rassurer ceux et celles qui ne souhaitent pas passer une nuit complète au volant ou à leurs instruments..  

En ayant terminé avec la vérification des villes étapes et des hôtels retenus par l’organisation, Jean-François Devillers est désormais en mesure de lever le voile sur les points de chute – forcément prestigieux – de ce Marathon de la Route 2019. « En quittant Nancy, nous mettrons le cap sur Besançon, près de la frontière suisse, reprend l’organisateur. Ensuite, cap sur Grenoble au pied des montagnes, Vals-les-Bains au cœur de l’Ardèche, pour une arrivée devant les Hospices de Beaune, célèbre ville de Bourgogne. Un programme qui devrait plaire à de nombreux équipages au vu des régions traversées… »

Responsable du parcours, Joseph Lambert en a déjà défini le tracé et est en ce moment même sur le parcours pour dessiner le roadbook. Dès son retour dans les prochains jours, d’autres infos seront officialisées, histoire de déjà pointer les temps forts de ce Marathon de la Route 2019 plus que prometteur…
The Marathon will arrive in Beaune
Back from 3 days checking the different stages and hotels.

The Marathon will arrives on Tuesday June 11 at the "Hospices de Beaune". 

On his side, Joseph Lambert has defined the route. He leaves today to design the roadbook ! Further information as soon as he is back.
Full photo and video reports available
Our official media team consisted of Julien Mahiels and Kevin Goudin for photography, Tanguy Allard for video shooting and piloting the drone.

The team came back with a vast image material that had to be sorted, selected, corrected and edited.

About fifty views are proposed in the Media page of this website. But the whole report, 420 photos, is available on our Flickr "trajectoire" page.

The videos are also on the media page and on our Youtube channel

Flickr : trajectoire's gallery
Youtube : trajectoire's channel
Marathon dates made official!
At our first meeting on the "Marathon" held this morning, some key decisions were made. The first of these is the formalization of the dates: Saturday 8 to Tuesday 11 June.
Un Marathon de la Route de 4 jours en 2019
Alors que l’édition 2018 du Liège-Rome-Liège prendra son envol depuis le Parc de Sept Heures à Spa samedi soir, Trajectoire, société organisatrice de l’événement, a déjà planché sur l’avenir. Et c’est la carte de la variété qui sera jouée en 2019, avec la première édition d’un Marathon de la Route inédit, exclusivement tracé sur le sol français, et d’une durée limitée à quatre jours…

Historiquement, la notion de ‘Marathon de la Route’ renvoie à une épreuve de… 84 à 96 heures disputée sur la Boucle Nord, la célèbre Nordchleife, du Nürburgring. Après avoir rendu leurs lettres de noblesse à des épreuves aussi légendaires que Liège-Sofia-Liège et Liège-Rome-Liège, Jean-François Devillers, à la tête de l’équipe de Trajectoire, a tenu à varier les plaisirs… en étant à l’écoute de ses participants. « Souvent, on nous dit qu’une épreuve d’une semaine comme le Liège-Rome-Liège que nous nous apprêtons à vivre, est trop longue, explique le maître-d’œuvre de ce nouveau Marathon de la Route. Professionnellement, mais aussi budgétairement, il n’est pas toujours facile de consacrer plus d’une semaine à ce qui reste finalement un hobby. En outre, nous évitons qu’une certaine routine s’installe. En écoutant nos concurrents, effectifs ou potentiels, on a tiré la conclusion qu’une épreuve d’une durée de quatre jours, comme l’était le Marathon de la Route à la fin des années ’60 et au début des années ‘70, était davantage abordable. Sous réserve de confirmation, l’épreuve devrait se dérouler entre le dimanche 2 juin et le mercredi 5 juin 2019 ! »

Un Marathon de la Route inédit qui se disputera intégralement sur le territoire français. « Dans l’état actuel de la réflexion menée avec Joseph Lambert et Eric Chapa, on imagine un départ aux environs de Nancy et Troyes, un parcours profitant de ce formidable terrain de jeu qu’est l’Ardèche, et un retour à une distance raisonnable du lieu de départ, pour des raisons logistique des teams et du staff, poursuit Jean-François Devillers. Ce qui ne manquera pas d’impacter favorablement le montant d’engagement, vu la distance plus courte, et dès lors rendre l’épreuve accessible à un plus large public. Et notamment à des équipages français peu enclins à accumuler les centaines de kilomètres les séparant de villes de départ et d’arrivée en Belgique. Ce qui ne veut nullement dire que le Liège-Rome-Liège ou le Liège-Sofia-Liège ne seront plus organisés par nos soins à l’avenir, car l’idée est de partir sur une règle d’alternance entre ces épreuves différentes les unes des autres… »

C’est donc un Marathon de la Route d’un genre nouveau qui verra le jour l’année prochaine. Preuve que dans les rangs de Trajectoire, on n’est jamais à court d’idées afin de combler les passionnés de très belles épreuves pour anciennes…
Decremer-Albert winners of the Liège-Rome-Liège 2018!
At the end of a 4200 kilometres Marathon, a verdict was reached …  

This time, it’s all over! At the end of a panting and difficult, with the final – complicated RTs- drawn up in the eastern cantons, and an ultimate halt at the Hôtel Verviers, the surviving competitors of the Liège-Rome-Liège 2018 burst into view in the ardent City, the first car crossing the arrival arch of the Espace Tivoli on the dot of 18.31hrs, without the slightest minute of delay on the scheduled planning! One good hour later, the entire caravan had arrived … with the exception of the Porsche 911 1965 manned by Tony Kevers and Baudouin Halleux, which had obstinately refused to start following the pause in the Verviers region. A technical setback which left the duo irritated, but which finally had no consequences for its final position, neither for its 2nd place in its category …

Regarding the race for victory, the suspense prevailed, particularly as the leaders on the moment of leaving Belfort, Michel Decremer and Yannick Albert (Opel Ascona), committed two mistakes which cost them heavy points. Other teams, such as Yves and Benoît Deflandre (Porsche 911), were confronted with local residents and other tourists of ill-will, penalising them heavily.

At the end of the day the Decremer-Albert duo held on to the lead, taking great pleasure in imposing their noisy Opel Ascona at the end of an event which had appeared to have been promised to go to the Porsche 911 brigade. Following the Rallye de Monte-Carlo Historique, this duo adds another legendary event to their record of achievements, after an absolutely royal battle throughout the entire week, and which had started out with … a co-driver ill during the first night!

The final podium of this Liège-Rome-Liège 2018 more than ever in keeping with tradition is completed by the two Porsche 911 of on the one hand Jacques Evrard and Christian Bernard, and Serge Adriaens and Freddy Moors on the other, split by … 4,6 points at the end of more than sixty RT! Quite fabulous …

The prize for frustration certainly goes to Yves and Benoît Deflandre, kicked off the final podium following a difficult end of race, and finally 4th in the overall rankings. As for the sprint for honourable mentions; it was awarded to Jean-Claude Kauffman and Jean-Marc Piret (Toyota Celica), who complete the top 5 just ahead of Robert Denis and handyman Alexandre Peeters (Porsche 911), Kurt Declerck and Steven Vyncke (Porsche 911), Jean-François Delincé and Julien Minguet (the ‘miraculous survivors’ of the Alps, Ford Escort MK1), as also Gaëtan Schoonbroodt and François Gehlen (Ford Escort MK1). For their introduction to the Porsche 911, Etienne Baugnée and Benoît Remion completed the top 10 overall, delighted to have reached the finish.

It goes without saying that this is the case for the 17 teams officially ranked, of which the Porsche 356 of the Mexican Roahmy Heras and the Belgian Jennifer Hugo, who overcame the pitfalls to pay honour to ‘Girl Power’ on the Place Saint-Lambert!

Victory in the various Groups fall into the hands of Decremer-Albert (Gr.4), Kauffman-Piret (Gr.6), Schoonbroodt-Gehlen (Gr.3) and Duquenne-Kauffman (Austin Healey 100/6, Gr.2).

The final stage of the Liège-Rome-Liège 2018 also saw the return of competitors in the trace ‘Tribute to Liège-Rome-Liège’, who were ‘only’ competing in the Belgian RT, with victory announced and confirmed for Daniel Reuter and Robert Vandevorst (Porsche 914/6). A mere seventy points separated the two other teams present on the final podium, namely Georges and Jean-François Neuville (BMW 2002) on the one hand, Olivier Goblet and Vincent Snyers (Fiat 128 Sport) on the other. Worth noting the debut in the righthand bucket seat of journalist Eric Faure, who accompanied Claudy Deschamps in the cockpit of a BMW 2002, and who had emphasised, with his traditional cockiness which we adore, how complex the game of regularity and navigation is. An Eric Faure who devotes himself to the joys of ‘gardening’, which represents a noble leisure time for a young retired person … Our little finger tells us that we will see him back in action very soon …

At the end of this 2018 edition, between a couple glasses of bubbly, Jean-François Devillers, master craftsman of the ‘Trajectoire’ team, was happy to ‘have done it’ and was impressed by the hard work put in by Joseph Lambert, responsible for the course, and Eric Chapa, responsible on the sporting front, as also all members of the team, including the assistance staff of MY Vintage. Now heading off for a different Marathon de la Route in 2019, shorter, more accessible, most probably held on French soil … even though the Liège festive final this Saturday evening remains food for thought. Watch this space, and in the meanwhile, congratulations to all the survivors of this Liège-Rome-Liège that has already entered into legend annals …
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Le départ du Liège-Rome-Liège 2018, c'est samedi soir à Spa !
C’est ce samedi 9 juin que l’édition 2018 du Liège-Rome-Liège prendra son envol. Comme le veut la tradition, le grand départ sera donné depuis le Parc de Sept Heures au cœur de Spa, où voitures et équipages arriveront à partir de 13 heures pour les différentes opérations de contrôle technique et administratif. Après quoi, chaque équipage disposera dans l’après-midi de deux fenêtres horaires pour réaliser l’étalonnage des appareils, mais aussi prendre part à un Prologue qui permettra non seulement aux pilotes et copilotes de faire connaissance avec les subtilités de ce type d’épreuve, mais aussi de déterminer l’ordre de départ. Un Prologue - non pénalisant - qui aura pour cadre la célèbre côte du Maquisard, entre le hameau de Marteau, aux portes de Spa, et le Monument au Maquisard Inconnu sur le territoire de La Reid.

C’est sur le coup de 21 heures que la présentation officielle des concurrents aura lieu, tandis que le premier départ sera donné à 21h30, les voitures s’élançant de minute en minute. A 22h15, les concurrents du Tribute to Liège-Rome-Liège s’élanceront à leur tour.

Signalons que dans le village de Longchamps, près de Bastogne, une halte est programmée sur le coup d’une heure du matin. L’occasion de souffler un coup avant une longue liaison. Et pour les concurrents du Tribute To Liège-Rome-Liège de conclure leur première étape.
La technologie de Location Talkie pour une sécurité
Parmi les nouveautés majeures du Liège-Rome-Liège en 2017, Trajectoire avait utilisé les services d'un nouveau du réseau de télécommunication pour optimaliser sa gestion de la course. Elément majeur lorsque l'on sait que les équipes d'organisations sont parfois éloignées de plusieurs centaines de kilomètres ! Vu le succès et la qualité du service offert par, Trajectoire a décidé de poursuivre sa collaboration avec la société wallonne et dispose donc cette année encore d’un réseau radio opérationnel sur l’ensemble du parcours. Les terminaux utilisés par la Direction de Course permettent de garder le contact avec l’équipe d’assistance, la voiture-balai ou le bureau de calcul, afin que les informations cruciales soient bien communiquées à tous et en temps réel. Les radios portatives de l’organisation utilisent le réseau GSM data et permettent aux groupes d’utilisateurs de converser dans toute l’Union européenne, sans risquer la moindre perte de signal. De plus, chaque radio est géolocalisée par GPS et sa position est retranscrite sur ordinateur. L'expérience de l'édition précdente du Marathon de la Route mais aussi de l'ING Ardenn Roads en avril dernier, confirme l'utilité absolue de cette technologie pour la plus grande sécurité de tous.
Let's have a look on the entrants...
The final countdown has started! With the kick-off of the Liège-Rome-Liège 2018 scheduled to take place from the Parc de Sept Heures at Spa on Saturday 9th June, the buzz within the organisation is at its height. The Trajectoire team around Jean-François Devillers took advantage of officialising the list of entrants, with some thirty odd teams ready to tackle the course concocted by the experienced Joseph Lambert, assisted on the event’s sporting front by the masterful Eric Chapa.

More than ever the battle for overall victory promises to be explosive, with renowned names, both on the drivers and co-drivers front. As a non-exhaustive list, at the end of this edition victory could well transpire to be between Christian Crucifix-Yves Noelanders (Ford Anglia 1960), Yves Deflandre-Benoît Deflandre (Porsche 911 1972), Serge Adriaens-Freddy Moors (Porsche 911 2.4 S 1972), Etienne Baugnée-Benoît Remion (Porsche 911 SC 1979), Stéphane Blaise-Patrick Lienne (Porsche 911 1981), Jacques Castelein-Mathieu Castelein (Shelby Cobra 289 1964), Jan De Vos and Chris Goris (Porsche 911 1974), Michel Decremer-Yannick Albert (Opel Ascona 400 1979), Kurt Declerck-Steven Vyncke (Porsche 911 S Targa 1972), Jean-François Delincé-Julien Minguet (Ford Escort MK1 1972), Jacques Evrard-Christian Bernard (Porsche 911 1972), Tony Kevers-Benoît Halleux (Porsche 911 1965), Gaëtan Schoonbroodt-François Gehlen (Ford Escort MK1 1971), Jean-Pierre Verneuil-Antonio Caldeira (Renault 5 Alpine 1981), etc. But then surprises, numerous, could always be possible.

Worth noting the presence of a 100% female team, with the firm intention of not lagging behind. Especially seeing the Mexican Roamhy Heras and the Belgian Jennifer Hugo are entered in an … AC Cobra 1965! The girls in the race will definitely not go unnoticed…

The impressive quality of the list of entrants proves that the Liège-Rome-Liège has definitely found its place as one of the not to be missed events on the international regularity scene for classic machines. And that the notion of ‘Marathon de la Route’ remains a ‘must’ that certain have no intention of missing out on. Place your bets, all goes well on the Liège-Rome-Liège scene!
Official list of entrants
Here is the offichial list of entrants by numerical order.

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Roamhy Heras and Jennifer Hugo take on the challenge
Since the beginning of time, motorsport has been a world for men … and often titillated the female gender! A story that is about to repeat itself during the Liège-Rome-Liège 2018, with the presence of a 100% female crew in the cockpit of a shining Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet dating from 1964. And do not count on the Mexican Roamhy Heras and the Belgian Jennifer Hugo from dawdling on this exceptional course …


For many years cars have been a passion for Roamhy Heras, but also a profession. “With another Belgian just as passionate as myself, we created an auction house specialised in classic and competition cars, JP Auctions Mexico, she explained. And our first communication vector is to participate in international sporting events. This allows us to combine business with pleasure. There is obviously the Carrera Panamericana in Mexico, in which I will be competing again in 2019, together with the Belgian Ingrid Peeters, Miss Blunik, at my side! Together we have already clinched victory in the Coupe des Dames, added to which a 5th place overall in the Cento Ore de Modena in 2017, with an AC Cobra 289. We also proved ourselves during the Tour de Belgique, the Historic Tour of Corsica, the Costa Brava Moritz, etc. Next challenge: the legendary Liège-Rome-Liège, with a Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet from 1964, belonging to a gentleman-driver and major Monegasque collector. A car created by the renowned Dr Ferdinand Porsche, whose handling and lightness allowed him to beat far more powerful machines. And notably to have won the Liège-Rome-Liège no less than four times!”


As one might imagine, participating in such a Marathon de la Route demands a fair amount of preparation. “It is necessary to be able to count on a top technical preparation and more especially a co-driver who is at home with a roadbook and an expert at navigating, Roamhy continued. With Jennifer, who is among those expert Belgian co-drivers in this type of event, we not only have the firm intention of swallowing up the 4,200 kilometres on the programme, but also to claim the Moss-Wisdom prize, awarded in honour of Pat Moss and Ann Wisdom, the first – and up until now the only – women to have achieved overall victory. That was back in 1960 at the wheel of an Austin Healey.”


As for the fact that they are the sole female team at the start of the Liège-Rome-Liège 2018, in no way worries the duo … “First and foremost, we consider ourselves to be ‘competitors’, because during this rally, all that counts, is the talent, whether one is a man or woman, Roamhy and Jennifer commented. Once we have our helmet on we are all the same! The only thing that counts is to fight, to give it our all to be better than the others, aim for the podium, excel, take calculated risks, sweat in our racing overalls and deserve the applause. We also have dreams, and the dreams are neither masculine nor feminine … »


That is clear cut! As such rendezvous on Saturday 9th June at the Parc de Sept Heures in Spa to get to know this duo better and who have every intention of being widely talked about on more than one occasion throughout the seven days …
Règlement Tribute to LRL disponible
Règlement relatif au Tribute to Liege-Rome-Liege est disponible dans notre bibliothèque de documents.
Official entry list by alphabetical order
Finally, 30 teams will run the Marathon de la Route this year. Looking at the list, it's gonna be hard to win this year.
Cars and teams are better prepared. They come for a competitive rally.
The won't be dissapointed !

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The 2017 winners back in action !
The entry list for the Liège-Rome-Liège 2018 event, to be held between 9th and 16th June with the start given in Spa continues to evolve. Winners of the 2017 edition with their small, old but highly efficient Ford Anglia, Christian Crucifix and Yves Noelanders have officially confirmed their return to the Marathon de la Route, obviously at the wheel of the same car.. "Taking into account the number of Porsche machines at the start, we preferred once again to play the originality card Crucifix explained. The Anglia will have the same advantages as also the same drawbacks as last year, but which in no way prevented us from clinching victory…."

Once again the battle for all out victory could well be pretty hot this year, as seeing on the one hand Jacques Evrard and Christian Bernard (Porsche 911), Serge Adriaens and Freddy Moors (Porsche 911) on the other, respectively 2nd and 3rd last year, will also be back for more action,  not forgetting Yves and Benoît Deflandre (Porsche 911), Michel Decremer and Yannick Albert (Opel Ascona 400) to name but a few...
Naissance du Tribute to Liege-Rome-Liege
Pour diverses raisons, nombreux sont les pilotes et copilotes qui n'auront pas la possibilité de s'aligner au départ du Marathon de la Route qu'est le Liège-Rome-Liège à la sauce Trajectoire, tel qu'il sera disputé entre le 9 et le 16 juin 2018. Rarement à court d'inspiration, Jean-François Devillers et les siens ont décidé de créer le 'Tribute to Liège-Rome-Liège', qui aura lieu les samedi 9 et samedi 16 juin ! En quoi cela consiste-t-il ?

En la partie exclusivement belge du célèbre périple, à laquelle vont pouvoir prendre part des équipages concourant pour la victoire dans les seuls RT disputés chez nous, que ce soit à l'aller ou au retour de la caravane. De manière concrète, les concurrents du 'Tribute' partiront du Parc de Sept Heures à Spa le samedi 9 juin, avant de disputer les tests de régularité prévus jusqu'à la frontière belgo-luxembourgeoise. De quoi aboutir à une première hiérarchie remise en jeu le samedi 16 juin, lors du retour des participants du Liège-Rome-Liège, avec cette fois les derniers RT belges programmés depuis la frontière avec l'Allemagne, pour une arrivée sur la Place Saint-Lambert sur le coup de 18h00.

Au bout du compte, on obtiendra un classement général 'Tribute to Liège-Rome-Liège' et surtout une compétition 'partielle' qui pourrait en intéresser plus d'un. D'autant que le montant d'engagement est de 375 euros seulement, tout compris, même la remise des prix !

'trajectoire' implements the FIA regulations with a view to the future and accepts cars up to 1990
The Trajectoire team, organisers of the Liège-Rome-Liège 2018, continues to double its efforts in order to offer the most prestigious of editions to be held from 9th through to 16th June. Even better, it anticipates what might well represent its future in the short term… “As with other Belgian events, the 2018 vintage of the Liège-Rome-Liège will be placed under the watchful eye of the FIA, with a view to an eventual integration in the FIA Trophy of Regularity Rallies for historic vehicles in the future, Jean-François Devillers announced. We are flattered …but this also compels the organisation to take into account some new parameters.”

Starting off with the acceptance at the start of cars relating to the Period J2, in other words those vehicles built between 1986 and 1990. “The FIA authorises this type of car, which has incited us to integrate these in this edition, Eric Chapa, the Race Director explains. Nonetheless for us it’s essential that the arrival of more modern, and therefore more comfortable and powerful cars, do not penalise the competitors with their older machines. As such an age and engine coefficient will be applied to these models, whereas the table of coefficients has been softened for the cars emanating from the period between 1980 and 1985.”

It should be noted that normally the FIA Trophy of Regularity Rallies does not apply specific coefficients for cars of the Period J2. “It’s out of the question for us to weaken the competitors taking part with true classic machines, such as last year’s Ford Anglia winner, Eric Chapa continued. We will therefore be applying this coefficient with as first and foremost objective to demonstrate the soundness of same to the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile at the end of this 2018 edition. Should this manner of proceeding not be acceptable to those responsible for the FIA Trophy of Regularity Rallies, the Liège-Rome-Liège will continue on its present take-off, as an independent event. But seeing we have received requests from competitors wishing to enter cars built between 1986 and 1990, it’s the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone and more especially to be pro-active …”
The initial favourites are known!
Even though the start of the Liège-Rome-Liège 2018 will be given on Saturday 9th June from the Parc de Sept Heures at Spa, a fair number of teams opted to take full advantage of the preferential entry fee to confirm their presence. In this light an initial group has been pinpointed as favourites … resolutely awaiting the competition! Among the unmissable of this 2018 edition of the Marathon de la Route, we can confirm Yves and Benoît Deflandre (Porsche 911), the winner of the Historic Monte-Carlo Rally Michel Decremer teamed up with the expedient Yannick Albert (Opel Ascona 400), the experienced Flanders based Kurt Declercq and Steven Vyncke (Porsche 911 S), not forgetting such imposing duos as Jacques Evrard and Christian Bernard (Porsche 911), Serge Adriaens and Freddy Moors (Porsche 911), Tony Kevers and Baudouin Halleux (Porsche 911), Etienne Baugnée and Benoît Remion (Porsche 911), Jean-François Delincé and the ‘Classic’ prize-winner in the Legend Boucles Julien Minguet (Ford Escort MK1), the Frenchman Jean-Pierre Verneuil and the Portuguese Antonio Caldeira (Renault 5 Alpine), Jan De Vos and Chris Goris (Porsche 911), Victor Guilmain and Paul-Henry Jans (Porsche 924 S), and so forth…

On the car front the eclecticism is definitely ensured, with the spectacular Cobra manned by Jacques and Mathieu Castelain (Shelby version) and Nico Depondt-X, but also the oldest Porsche 356 B Coupé 1960 of Luc De Vos and Bruno Mariens, presently the doyenne of the grid, the Morgan +4 of Philippe Maigne and Sylvain Vaquez, the Volvo 123 GT of Bernard Mazuyer and Jean Rick, not forgetting the Austin Healey 100/6 of Denis Duquenne and Stéphanie Kauffman. By no means an exhaustive list of entrants, which over the coming weeks will continue to grow.

“I believe we can state that this is a great basic grid, the organiser Jean-François Devillers commented. Last year various new competitors had kept a keen eye on the Liège-Rome-Liège, and they decided to be part and parcel of it next June. Some ten additional teams should be putting in an appearance on the provisional list of entrants, of which the 2017 laureate Christian Crucifix, presently awaiting a response from his co-driver, while the scheduled communication campaign will continue with a view to seducing other regularity adepts for classic machines. Taking a swift look on the site, the video images of the 2017 edition need no words. The rebirth of the ‘Marathon de la Route’ breathed on by Trajectoire, with a course drawn up by Joseph Lambert and the sporting side managed by Eric Chapa, boasts a fair power of enticement. Outcome: with some three months from the start the initial favourites are known. So, who is next? “
MY Vintage brings to Trajectoire its technichal know-how from the WRC
Preferential rate up until 28th February!
The 2018 Liège-Rome-Liège edition, scheduled to be held from 9th through to 16th June, promises to be under the most favourable auspices, and more than one frequenter of Regularity events present as a spectator at the start (Spa) or the finish (Liège) of the 2017 edition was able to convince himself of the quality of the organisation and the course. Now that the entry forms are starting to reach us, a quick reminder: time is running out for all those wishing to take advantage of the preferential rate, as the entry forms must be returned before 28th February!

“The deadline date for the preferential rate has been extended by two weeks allowing the numerous teams that had recently competed in one of the three major events at the beginning of the year to check their equipment, make the decision regarding the Liège-Rome-Liège 2018 and also allow them to take advantage of this tempting registration rate”, Jean-François Devillers explained.

Up until this date the entry fee amounts to 3,690 euros, as compared to 3,990 euros after that date. Worth recalling that this amount includes the overall organisation, the sporting framework, the insurances, all lunchtime meals, the transport of the items of luggage, as also the official dinner in Liège on Saturday 16th June. A word to the wise …
Course done and dusted
An undeniable sporting success seeing all competitors of the 2017 Liège-Rome-Liège retained fond memories of the edition…. while whetting the appetite of those who were not there! This is all the Trajectoire team, needed to promptly go into action to prepare the 2018 edition, scheduled from 9th through to 16th June, based on a similar cut-out as enjoyed last summer.

Always under the responsibility of Joseph Lambert, the Liège-Rome-Liège 2018 course is done and dusted … “No way are we going to divulge everything, but we can already announce that the start from the Parc de Sept Heures in Spa is retained, and that it will be followed by a first race night – less selective than this year’s to avoid the ranking being solidly rooted by the morning – then a full day which will bring the competitors to the foot of the Stelvio. This renowned mountain pass will be tackled early on Monday morning in order to limit as far as possible having to share the route with bicycle tourists and caravans, Joseph Lambert continued.

The route will then take the competitors via the Lake of Como, the surrounding area of Sestrières, the Turini pass, San Remo, Val d’Isère and Belfort, prior to returning to Liège and the arrival on the Place Saint-Lambert, similar to last June.” The first elements are known. They confirm that the Liège-Rome-Liège 2018 will be even more in line with the spirit of the various Marathons de la Route of years gone by.
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Lucio di Mori, one more asset for 'trajectoire'
Lucio di Mori, well known race Director on « Mille Miglia » and « Targa Florio » and high level consultant of ACSI (Italian Automotive federation) was beside Trajectoire’s management team for the first Liège-Rome-Liège preparation meeting.

For sure a top level consultant for the development of the top level european regularity race event since 2017.
A map proving the international interest for "the Liege".
For a very long time, 'trajectoire' works with 'JB Time Concept' for his time keeping.

For this edition, we decided to broadcast live results and this map shows us that the rally was mainly followed across all Europe as well as in North América ! But also in Moscow, China, Argentina, Sidney,...  

Amazing !
Christian Crucifix & Yves Noelanders winners with their Ford Anglia !
They are back! A week after the start from the Parc de Sept Heures in Spa, the survivors of the Liège-Rome-Liège 2017 are back in Belgium, arriving in Liège at the Place Saint-Lambert on the dot of 18.30hrs this Saturday. In front of a large crowd of enthusiasts, each team that had covered the 4,200 kilometres race though Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, France, Switzerland and Italy received a salvo of applause. Because in all honesty, taking into account the course devised by Joseph Lambert, reaching the finish is a victory in its own right …

“For the organisation as a whole, with twenty five persons on the course and some ten others in Belgium who took charge of the start and the finish, to hear the enthusiastic comments from the teams that made it back represents and enormous satisfaction, Jean-François Devillers explained, at the foot of the Palais des Princes-Evêques. Aiming at a far more sporting Liège-Rome-Liège, more in line with the Marathon de la Route of old, we made a gamble. The team that took charge of this event, with Joseph Lambert and Eric Chapa as the driving force, quite simply won unanimous support. During an entire week we were able to prove that this new version of the Liège-Rome-Liège is a true endurance event and taking a look at the drivers and co-drivers who did not compete this year, but who were present this Saturday in Liège, we can bet on the fact that there are better days to come. Mission accomplished!”

After having hesitated between the Porsche 911 and the Ford Anglia, Christian Crucifix, perfectly seconded by Yves Noelanders, had opted for the gorgeous 1960 machine boasting the blue oval. He made the right decision, seeing the duo quite simply never left the top rung of the rankings, to win the event. “Pointless in stating that the Liège-Rome-Liège was far from being a formality, Christian and Yves commented in unison. We knew that we would have trouble in the mountain passes, but with a course concocted by Joseph Lambert, it turned out to be an event where we needed to work hard from beginning to end. We’re completely worn out, but we have won! And what a magnificent event …”

With a total of 928,1 points, Crucifix and Noelanders finished in front of the Porsche 911 of Jacques Evrard and Christian Bernard (1081,0 points), who had retaken the position from the Porsche 914/6 of Serge Adriaens and Freddy Moors (1086,9 points) in a fierce battle for the 2nd place that kept all the followers on tenterhooks through until … Liège! A difference of less than 6 points after 55 regularity tests and 4,200 kilometres, who can top that?

In the wake of the leading trio, the British duo Mark and Susan Godfrey (MG B, 1299,8 points) were delighted with their 4th place surrounded by the Belgian Regularity specialists while the youngsters Florent Hontoir and Alexandre Peeters (Opel Ascona B, 1613,6 pts) more than completed their mission, integrating the top 5 that was their dream before the start. As for Yves Deflandre and his son Benoît (Porsche 911, 1769,6 points), they never stopped improving, accumulating partial victories but undergoing two mechanical issues at crucial moments. They finished the event in 6th place, they also proving that this Liège-Rome-Liège can also be a family affair.

The top 10 of this 2017 vintage was completed by Kurt Declerck and Steven Vyncke (Porsche 911 Targa, 7th, 1908,4 points), who admitted that this had most probably been the best regularity event they had competed in, Denis Robert and Jean-François Delincé (Ford Escort MK1, 8th, 2989,4 points), Tony Kevers and Baudouin Halleux (Porsche 911, 9th, 3206,4 points), not forgetting Victor Guilmain and Paul-Henry Jans (Porsche 924 S, 3842,6 points), all delighted with the experience.

At the end of this Marathon de la Route greeted with an enormous amount of interest shown from beginning to end throughout the week, the Trajectoire team is going to take a breather … prior to already starting to tackle the 2018 edition. Particularly as Joseph Lambert already has two or three rather brilliant ideas up his sleeve! The rendezvous has already been set …