41 of the world's finest vintage vehicles took part recently in a rally organised by Bangkok's Vintage Car Club.
41 of the world's finest vintage vehicles took part recently in a rally organised by Bangkok's Vintage Car Club. It was the club's fifth annual rally.
The oldest vehicle taking part was a 1906 British Rover car. Although the majority of the cars were built during the 1920's and 1930's, the most recent was a 1955 Alfa Romeo.
There were four categories in all; Vintage Cars (pre-1940), Post-War Cars (1940-1955), Custom Vehicles (bodies custom-built in Thailand) and Vintage Motorcycles (pre -1940).
Prizes were awarded to the Custom vehicles on their appearance. But for the other categories, judging was based on age, general condition and a driving test which involved judging the drivers' handling skill against a time limit.
But the drivers had to worry about their appearance as well as their driving skills. Extra points were awarded to people who turned up in costumes appropriate to the vintage of their car.
Finally the drivers were blindfolded and, with the aid of a navigator, had to manoeuvre their way around the course. Fortunately, there was nothing to get in the way if they did go off the set route.
At the end of the day, it was one team that took most of the prizes - the best costume and best vintage car trophies both went to Mrs. La-or Titapura and Miss Anchalee Thitapura. The two ladies also emerged as overall winners.
SYNOPSIS: A rally in Thailand recently attracted some of the world's finest vintage cars. It was the fifth annual meeting organised by the main vintage motoring club in Bangkok, the Thai capital.
The majority of cars taking part were built during the 1920's and 30's. But this 1913 Stutz wasn't the oldest. A British Rover, built seven years earlier, also took part in the rally.
There were four categories in all - Vintage Cars - pre 1940; Post War Cars - 1940 - 1955; Custom Built Vehicles and Vintage Motorcycles, pre-1940.
A gruelling test came for the drivers when they were blindfolded and then asked to drive around the course. They had the help of a navigator though, and plenty of free space allowed them to make big mistakes without doing any damage to the cars or themselves.
Earlier the vehicles had been awarded points based on age and general condition. There had been a driving test - but in this event the drivers were allowed to use all their faculties. They were judged on their handling ability set against a time limit.
But the cars were not alone in getting points for appearance. Costumes has to be worn that suited the vintage of the cars and an extra prize was awarded for the most appropriate.
One team obviously found the right combination - La-or Titapura and Anchalee Thitapura who were overall winners.