Stuttgart legends take first and second in Portugal

| 10 May 2013

Porsche 911s crossed the finish line in first and second places at the end of Hero’s 2386-mile London to Lisbon Rally on 5 May.

Top spot went to the 1978 911SC of father-and-son team Michael and Simon Baker. They finished the event with just 35 penalties, earning Simon the Clockwatcher’s Trophy. The pair also won Best UK Crew.Chas Colton and Guy Woodcock came second in their 1965 911 2-litre, with Colton taking the Test Pilot’s award thanks to his performance against the clock.

Meanwhile, the Swiss team of Michael Gerber and Christophe Kung guided their 1965 Austin-Healey MkI BT7 to third, snapping up the title of Best Non UK Crew in the process.

Participants had set off from Greenwich, London, on 27 April, crossing the channel to France and travelling down the west of the country, past the Bay of Biscay, crossing the border into Spain via Burgo, León and Ourense en route to Portugal. 

On the final day, competitors were flanked by police outriders and joined by more than 40 cars of the ACP Clássicos, a Portuguese classic car club, which led the convoy across the finish line at the Praça do Commercio.

Hero’s joint MD Tomas de Vargas Machuca said: “We are grateful for the help of everyone who contributed across England, France, Spain and Portugal to make the London-Lisbon rally an epic event.“Special appreciation goes to the ACP Clássicos and the authorities of the City of Lisbon who helped us to build an exceptional atmosphere for our arrival.”

The next qualifying round of the 2013 HERO Cup is the Throckmorton Challenge on 12 October.