The Tuthill Porsche 911 marathon rally car of David and Susan Danglard is currently running in fifth position overall on the Endurance Rallying Association’s Road to Saigon event.
Thirty-two cars and crews (including three 911s) signed up for the challenge from Singapore through the heart of Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, to finish in Saigon after twenty-seven days on the road. Along the way, the participants will enjoy visiting the ancient sites of Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. Daily distances average 450 kilometres, on roads “carefully chosen to be challenging, but not impossible”.
Both vintage and pre-1977 classic cars are taking part on the rally, which involves a mix of regularity and speed trial sections over closed tarmac roads, rice fields, rubber plantations, jungle tracks and dusty gravel. The 911 is ideally suited to this terrain and David and Susan are holding its own against some tough competition, including former Peking to Paris winners, Gerry Crown and Matt Bryson, who are just ahead in third position.
The rally started on February 4th, so the halfway point is just around the corner. February 12th (yesterday) was the longest day of the event and everyone made it safely through to the overnight halt and rest day today. Tomorrow the crews leave their base at Kanchanaburi and head north into the Chaloem National Park along the shores of scenic Srinagaram lake.
We send our best wishes to the Tuthill competitors and to all involved in this event, including the support crews and back office staff here in the UK. Pictures of the 911 in action come courtesy of our friend and event photographer, Gerard Brown, who does an exceptional job of capturing the vibrancy and character of all ERA marathon rallies.