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Little Classics News: 26 February 2015
Photos: Gerard Brown/Endurance Rally Association

Porsche 911 Wins Classic Road to Mandalay Rally

1965 Porsche 911

The winner of the Classics division of the inaugural Road to Mandalay Rally was decided on the final day with just one second difference, giving first place to the 1965 Porsche 911 (above) of the UK’s Peter and Zoe Lovett.

Peter and Zoe finished the 24-day rally, organised by the Endurance Rally Association, with an overall total of 1:11:20, getting revenge on Peking to Paris 2013 winners Gerry Crown and Matt Bryson from Australia, who were the ones who had to settle for second place this time in the 1974 Leyland P76 (below) with a total of 1:11:21.

1974 Leyland P76

Third place went to Brits Grant Tromans and Simon Russell in the 1973 Datsun 240Z (below) with an overall time of 1:13:04.

1973 Datsun 240Z

In the Vintageants division, the three-way battle between the Chevrolets ended with Americans Bill Shields and Scott Herbstman taking the top spot with an overall total of 1:19:47 in their 1938 Coupe (below).

1938 Coupe

Peking to Paris winners Phil Garratt and Kieron Brown from the UK came second in the 1937 Fangio Coupe (below) on 1:20:32, while fellow Americans Daniel Day and Ronald Doyle in the ’37 Coupe came third on 1:25:24.

1937 Fangio Coupe

There were class wins for the big 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible (below) of John Rich III and son John, the 1928 Bentley 4 ½ Le Mans of Denmark’s Lars and Annette Rolner, and the ‘69 Volvo Amazon of Frenchman Ludovic Bois and Julia Colman from the UK.

1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible

Special awards were also awarded at the Gala dinner in Bagan at the end of the rally. The True Grit award was presented to Belgium’s Erwin Beerens and Gert Mertens in the 1928 Rolls Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost.

1928 Rolls Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost

The Against All Odds award went to Heather and Jo Worth from New Zealand in the troubled 1968 Volvo Amazon that despite its constant technical difficulties still managed to cross the finish line.

Bentley Road to Mandalay

The Spirit of the Rally award was given to Joost Van Cauwenberge and Christine De Landtsheer from Belgium in the 2011 Toyota Landcruiser, who joined the rally despite not being eligible to compete as a tourer. However they supported the teams throughout – even housing a Gin and Tonic bar in the rear of his vehicle at the finishing point each day, hence the ‘spirit’ award.

Volvo Amazon

The Road to Mandalay attracted 70 entries from 18 different countries for the timed rally of 10,000kms from Singapore, crossing Malaysia and Thailand, and then entering Burma in an historic border crossing to finish in Mandalay.

Classic Jaguar on Road to Mandalay

With cars being shipped home just 48-hours after the end of the rally, there’s no rest for the ERA team as they now have to prepare for the UK’s biggest rally for Pre-War cars – the Flying Scotsman Rally, held 17-19 April.

Jaguar XK120

For a full list of the Road to Mandalay results visit


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