Motor Rallying.....and fifty-nine cars started in the third Castrol-Asean rally which began in Thailand on?
GV TV rally cars assembled
MV Japanese driver Yoshio Iwashima checking engine of Mazada RX7 (No. 14)
CU British driver Russell Brookes checking engine of Ford Escort 2000 (No. 3)
MV driver Iwashima closes bonnet of Mazda
GV first car flagged away by Thailand's deputy Premier, Sunthorn Hongladarom
SV car flagged away (midway Avco team)
CU Volvo 343 (No. 8) followed by Datsun (No. 9) on starting ramp
GV car (No. 18) along road and round bend
SV Ford Escort(No. 22) reverses after overshooting corner, and drives off
SV car (No. 32) along road
SV car (No. 37) up hill and away
SV people crossing road as Toyota and other car driver through
MV new model Toyota Celica (No. 5) drives out from dirt track onto highway, followed by old model Toyota Celica (No. 43 (TWO SHOTS)
In November, Russell Brookes confirmed his position as one of Europe's top rally drivers by driving his Ford Escort into third place in the Lombard-RAC round Britain rally for the second year running.
SPORT: MOTOR RALLYING
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Background: Motor Rallying.....and fifty-nine cars started in the third Castrol-Asean rally which began in Thailand on Saturday (6 January). The nine-day rally will take competitors through some of the roughest roads in Thailand, malaysia and Singapore.
SYNOPSIS: Cars assembled before the rally in the grounds of the Asia Hotel, Pattaya. Top Japanese driver, Yoshio Iwashima, makes last-minute adjustments to his Mazda. The Ford Escort of leading British driver, Russell Brookes, was one of the favourites for the rally.
The rally was started by the deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Sunthorn Hongladarom . The winning driver will receive a trophy presented by Thailand's Prime Minister, General Kriangsak.
This year's rally has a strong number of entries from Europe and Japan. From Pattaya, one hundred and thirty kilometres (eighty miles) south-east of Bangkok, competitors drove north for nine hours to Korat. After a five-hour overnight stop, they were scheduled to drive through the second day route is new to some teams, as the driver of this Fort Escort found out.
Thirty-nine of the teams taking part are professionals. They are competing in three classes, depending on engine capacity. Drivers will have to contend with unmade roads, little better than farm trucks. Villagers not used to rally cars present a further hazard- especially during the night stages.
From Bangkok, the rally moves south through Malaysia to Singapore. Special stages on the way include hill-climbing and tests of driving skills. Competitors then return north to Kuala Lumpur, where the rally is scheduled to end on the fourteenth of January.