Fierce competition on Road to Mandalay Rally


More than 70 crews have reached the halfway point of the Road to Mandalay Rally, 12 days after setting off from Singapore's Raffles Hotel – and the competition is beginning to hot up. 

A shade more than 4000km of gruelling terrain has been covered so far, with the fight for top honours intensifying with each passing mile. 

The Vintage division has been dominated by three Chevrolets, led by the 1938 Coupe of Americans Bill Shields and Scot Herbstman. Hot on their heels are 2013 Peking to Paris winners Phil Garrett and Kieron Brown, who are 20 seconds adrift in their Fangio Coupe. 

The third Coupe – a '37 model driven by Daniel Day and Ronald Doyle – are just three minutes behind.

The Classics category is also tight at the top, with less than two minutes separating the first three teams. Octogenarian – and pre-event favourite – Gerry Crown from Australia is currently in front in a 1974 Leyland P76. 

Still well within reach is the '65 Porsche 911 of British team Peter and Zoe Lovett, followed by Grant Tromans and Simon Russell's '73 Datsun 240Z. 

More than 4400km of the route remains to be covered, with the narrow roads of Burma and a busy schedule of regularities sure to shake up the field as the rally continues. 

Event director Phillip Young said: "Cars and drivers are coping well and most are soaking up the amazing culture and stunning horizons…but for others, this isn't a pleasure cruise. This is the first ever crossing by foreigners of the Thailand-Burma frontier, and the first rally to drive into Burma."


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