Vintage way to visit 3 countries in 3 weeks

Vintage way to visit 3 countries in 3 weeks
Ready to roll: (left) Curtis and Sultan Sharafuddin standing next to the green Jaguar XK140 before the convoy left the E&O Hotel in Farquhar Street.

GEORGE TOWN - Driving across three countries in South-East Asia to explore the once remote and inaccessible areas in Myanmar - all in three weeks.

This is what a group of vintage car owners will be doing during "The Road to Mandalay" rally organised by the Endurance Rally Association (ERA).

Along the way, they will also travel through virgin forests while taking in the spectacular scenery and discovering quaint little towns.

After travelling around Malaysia for more than 2,000km from the starting point in Singapore, the convoy of 63 elegant classic cars made a pit-stop at the E&O Hotel in Farquhar Street on Thursday. Yesterday, they left for their next destination - Trang in southern Thailand.

Among the participants is the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and his co-driver Datuk Richard Curtis.

Tengku Syed Budriz Jamalullail, who's the Sultan's nephew, said it was the first time he is taking part in the rally.

"I'll be driving to Chiangmai before Aubry Mennesson takes over en route to Myanmar. It will be a memorable experience," he said.

Mennesson is married to the Sultan's daughter Tengku Zatashah.

Sultan Sharafuddin will be driving a green Jaguar XK140 vintage sports car and Tengku Syed Budriz a blue Jaguar XK150.

Classic cars from various manufacturers were also spotted at the hotel including the beautiful black-coloured 1929 Bentley Speed 8.

The ERA had originally planned the rally to finish in Mandalay in Myanmar but later switched it to the ancient capital city of Bagan.

The rally from Feb 1 until Feb 26 will see participants travelling over 8,000km across three countries - Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar.

The participants are from 18 countries including Belgium, Switzerland and Malaysia.

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