Convoy of classic cars heading towards ancient Myanmar city

Classic cars getting ready to leave for Mandalay. Photo: Raffles Hotel Singapore
Classic cars getting ready to leave for Mandalay. Photo: Raffles Hotel Singapore

Yangon, 1 Feb — A group of 70 classic cars driven by those from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States are now heading to Myanmar after flagging off from the Raffles Hotel, Singapore, on Sunday morning, according to the report of Channel News Asia.
The Road to Mandalay event, organised by the Endurance Rally Association (ERA), is due to end in Yangon 25 days later on Feb 24.
The website of ERA said with Myanmar is opening up after years of isolation the association feels the time is right to take a classic rally to this remarkable region.
The rally will pass through places such as Desaru, Kuantan, Cameron Highlands and Georgetown in Malaysia and into Thailand for stopovers in areas like Khao Lak, Kanchanaburi and Chiang Mai. The convoy will then cross the border to Myanmar and wend through Mae Sot, Nay Pyi Taw and Bagan.
The convoy includes a 1924 Rolls Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost, a 1929 Bentley Special Speed 8 and a 1938 Jaguar SS 100. The oldest car among them is a 1907 Parigi Italia.
The ERA has organised some 60 major events, in more than 50 different countries around the world, and has been responsible for some widely-acclaimed initiatives in rallying, taken up by others as well as being responsible for kick-starting the entire historic rally movement back in the 1980s.
It is also already making plans to return for the ‘2nd Road to Mandalay’ running from Ho Chi Min City, through Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and into Myanmar, according to its website.—GNLM

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