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Oris Rally Classico

The 12th Edition of the ORIS Rally Clasico took place from the 10th – 12th March, providing some great spectacle and entertainment for spectators and competitors alike.


The premier rally sprint event in the Balearic Islands, based out of Puerto Portals, began with two night stages in heavy rain in the hills above Calvia, giving participants little chance to blend into the event gently. However, fine and dry weather followed over the remaining two days and 11 closed road stages of the event along some of Mallorca´s finest driving roads and breathtaking scenery, with thousands of spectators lining the route.

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As well as many local participants in locally prepared cars, there was as ever a serious overseas contingent arriving in their car transporters from all over Europe with some very exotic machinery. In the outright speed category, the German Stefan Oberdoester and Olaf Heupel won event in their 1972 Porsche 911 RSR, with Driving Mallorca club members Nadal Galiana (1976 Ford Escort) and Steve Perez (1974 Lancia Stratos) not giving the German an easy time, disputing the lead on several occasions.


In the Regularity Category, Driving Mallorca member Jaime Carbonell and his brother Enrique piloted their VW Golf GTI to overall victory having lead the event throughout, albeit with the smallest of winning margins over the 1970 Porsche 916 well-pedaled by Ruben Maes.


Large crowds greeted the competitors each evening back at the Parc Ferme in Puerto Portals, the luxury enclave that hosts the Oris Classic Rally. At the close of the event, Toni Dezcallar, organizer of the rally, accompanied by Alvaro Irala, Captain of Puerto Portals and Javier Pomar, President of Oris Spain, presented trophies and ´Oris Calobra´ Limited Edition watches that the Swiss company created in commemoration of the famous climb 12 kilometer climb at Sa Colobra, which this year extended from Sa Colobra all the way to the summit at Lluc.


The Oris Classic Rally nicknamed “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”, has established itself as one of the great tests of historical cars at the highest international level, both in the number and quality of participants, with thirteen special closed-road stages spread over the three days.


During the awards ceremony, Toni Dezcallar highlighted the success of this edition: “We have 85 cars entered in the rally, including new drivers, cars and repeat competitors, and this encourages us to continue working year after year to improve the event and to focus now on the next rally in 2017 “.


Screenshot 2016-03-25 22.04.29The event provides further proof that the classic car scene is exceptionally strong in Mallorca, with more cars arriving on the island every week, and owners enjoying some of the very best roads in Europe.


The performance and classic car club Driving Mallorca, which organizes regular meetings and outings for its growing membership have secured the final weekend in October for a repeat of their inaugural ´2015 Rally Sprint Driving Mallorca´ closed-road rally that took place last year, although likely to be extended over two days and include night stages for 2016. With a membership that includes well over 100 classic, performance and bespoke competition cars, interest in the event is already high, with sponsorship being sought for the event, organized by their newly formed Escuderia Driving Mallorca.


Said Driving Mallorca Club Manager, Hamish Goddard: “The demographic of both our membership and participants in events of this kind is exceptionally high and, as we continue to see with the involvement of ORIS Watches, who have now supported the Classic Rally over many years, sponsorship provides a unique ´ownership´ of an event and access to the participants and spectators alike. We are looking forward to developing these relationships with sponsors and event partners alongside the development of the event itself. It is an exciting opportunity for all concerned.”


For more information on Driving Mallorca and sponsorship opportunities for the 2016 Rally Sprint Driving Mallorca, please contact:


Hamish Goddard

Club Manager – Driving Mallorca

+34 626 107 775