Touramical Thessaloniki 2019
All photography work is copyrighted by the author, please don't download and publish these pictures in the internet without my permission!
Larger high quality pictures is available only for donators up on request! Vasileios Papaidis 2019 © All Rights Reserved
It is not the first time that organizers have chosen Greece for their established annual excursion, as they had repeated it in 2014 and 2015. This time the cars have been divided into categories and taking trips to most of mainland Greece, starting with Athens to Patras and Thessaloniki and overnight stays in Ioannina, Pylos, Kamena Vourla, Porto Heli, and Spetses.
Owners of classic or vintage cars, that is to say a car with a minimum age of 25 years or older, are always looking out for new events to participate in with their showpiece. “Tour Amical” is therefore high on their list, and this rally has now grown into the biggest rally for Classic Cars in Belgium for good reason.
Since 2001, a gathering of a few friends has turned into a true household word. Now, the “Tour Amical”, organised by Manu Stappaerts, numbers no fewer than 172 cars, which took part in a tour around Greece from the 8th to 14th of May. With 5 cars from Antwerp to Tarifa in 2001 with 8 cars from Antwerp to Florence in 2005 with 30 cars from Antwerp to Marbella in 2007 with 60 cars from Biarritz to Barcelona in 2010 with 82 cars from Antwerp to Sofia in 2012 and in May 2014, with 172 cars from Thessaloniki to Athens and back.
The Tour Amical expands by leaps and bounds each year and will also welcome international participants. All participants attempted to drive to the end of the rally. Besides the event’s enjoyable and competitive aspects, bonds of friendship were also tightened and business deals concluded, for networking was also alive in this men only Tour.
There were different routes for each of the four groups, but fortunately, they coincided along the way, creating opportunities to exchange tales about their heavenly experiences in mythical Greece.
A wonderful closing event was planned with prize-giving ceremony and performances by some well-known Belgian entertainers.