Greece’s Arcadia Classic Tour Is A Laid-Back Weekend With A Twist
Photography by Evan Maragkoudakis
What’s it like to compete in a car rally in Greece? Petrolicious reader Loukas Mexis and his girlfriend recently did just that, as their very first classic car outing. The Arcadia Classic Tour is in its second year running, and Mexis was on hand to take part. Armed with a 1986 Alfa Romeo Sprint QV, a route, and two days of driving, they ended up finishing surprisingly well, he says.
What made the drive special? “The special bond that resulted from co-driving with my girlfriend, discovering unknown roads on the outskirts of the Peloponnese and actually making a great overall time,” said Mexis. Despite taking a wrong turn and missing checkpoints, the experience has him hooked. “It changed my life,” he said. “Now, regularity races are my must-attend events for me and my girlfriend.”
Don’t think the drive was without mishap: having to make up for lost time, Mexis had to drive more quickly—something that didn’t bode well for the QV.
“On the way, rocks damaged our fuel line which I had to mend by stopping on a nearby village, with tape and tie-wraps,” says Mexis. “What’s done is done. We made it home, no tow-car was needed.”
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