Classic-car enthusiasts from around the world will converge on Japan in October 2017 for a thrilling drive through spectacular scenery. The Peninsula Tokyo is celebrating its 10th anniversary by sponsoring The Peninsula Tokyo Rally Nippon 2017, a four-night journey that meanders across the highways and hillside passes of Honshu Island from Kyoto to Tokyo.
Designated as a Peninsula Signature Event, the rally will commence in the picturesque imperial city of Kyoto on 21 October 2017, and will span a total of 1,000 kilometres, or 620 miles, through the scenic heartlands of Honshu Island before reaching the chequered flag in Tokyo on 24 October.
En route, the 80 pairs of drivers and passengers of beautifully restored vintage cars will stop at UNESCO World Heritage sites and drive through the foothills of the iconic Mount Fuji. In addition to enjoying stunning landscapes and the camararderie stemming from a shared passion for the ultimate in automotive design and engineering, participants will enjoy distinctive regional cuisines and sip local sakes, fine wines and spirits. Stays in fine hotels and traditional inns add extra allure to this magical Japanese journey.
The Peninsula Tokyo will be the final destination, and the rally will conclude on the evening of 24 October 2017, with a gala dinner benefitting a local charity.
The Peninsula Tokyo Rally Nippon 2017 is the first event of its kind to be sponsored by a luxury hotel company in Japan, and underscores The Peninsula Hotels’ long association with classic cars. The Peninsula Hong Kong boasts a fleet of 14 Rolls-Royce extended wheelbase Phantoms and, is the proud owner – in addition to The Peninsula Tokyo and sister hotels in Shanghai and Paris – of the rare 1934 Phantom II Sedanca de Ville town car. The Peninsula Tokyo embraces future technology, too, with its Tesla Model S, the world’s first premium all-electric sedan.
The Peninsula Tokyo Rally Nippon 2017 draws on the 14-year heritage of two other Peninsula Signature Events: The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering and the affiliated The Quail Rally. Held annually at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California, The Quail Rally is a three-day, invitation-only charity drive that brings together vintage automobiles and their collectors for a tour along the back roads of Monterey County and through the spectacular vistas of the Pacific coast.
※For further information, please visit Rally Nippon’s website, www.rallynippon.asia