• Short Summary

    ENTRANTS IN THE FIRST ASIAN HIGHWAY MOTOR RALLY ARE NEARING THE END OF THEIR FIVE DAY TRIAL.

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    CARS CROSS MEKONG RIVER BY FERRY; NIGHT CHECKPOINT; ROADSIDE SCENES IN THAILAND; BANGKOK CHECKPOINT.




    Initials JDR/VS/JH/PC


    SPORT: CAR RACING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: ENTRANTS IN THE FIRST ASIAN HIGHWAY MOTOR RALLY ARE NEARING THE END OF THEIR FIVE DAY TRIAL. THE RALLY BEGAN ON TUESDAY (15 APRIL) IN VIENTIANE, THE CAPITAL OF LAOS, AND THE ROUTE IS BY WAY OF BANGKOK THE THAI CAPITAL, TO KUALA LUMPUR IN MALAYSIA, ENDING IN SINGAPORE TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

    THE IDEA FOR THE FIRST ASIAN HIGHWAY RALLY CAME FROM THE AUSTRALIAN DELEGATE TO THE ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE FAR EAST. THE DELEGATE, SIR ARTHUR TANGE, PUT FORWARD THE IDEA IN 1966 AS A MEANS OF PUBLICISING THE EXISTENCE OF THE HIGHWAY AS A VIABLE TRADE-ROUTE THROUGH SOUTH ASIA.

    IT WAS TAKEN UP WITH ENTHUSIASM, AND MANY NEWS REPORTS POINTED TO THE EFFECT OF EARLIER TRIALS AND RACES IN EMPHASISING THE ECONOMIC POTENTIAL OF PIONEER ROUTES. AIR RACES HAD BLAZED THE WORLD-WIDE AIR ROUTES OF THE PRESENT DAY, MOTOR 'RAIDS' LIKE THE PEKING-PARIS RACE OF 1907 HAD CAUGHT THE PUBLIC IMAGINATIONS AND DIRECTED ATTENTION TO AREAS OF THE WORLD WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN LEFT UNREMARKED FOR MANY YEARS.

    THE AUTHORITIES OF LAOS, THAILAND, MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE HAVE CO-OPERATED TO MOUNT THE FIRST ASIAN HIGHWAY MOTOR RALLY.

    AMONG THE DRIVERS TAKING PART ARE PRINCE SOURY PHETSARATH, DRIVING A FIAT NO. 123. PRINCE SOURY IS A COUSIN OF THE KING LAOS.

    CAR NO. 83 IS DRIVEN BY PRINCE SANYA SOUVANNA PROUMA, SON OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF LAOS.

    THE SECOND STAGE OF THE RALLY TOOK DRIVERS FROM THE CROSSING OF THE MEKONG RIVER AT NONGKAI TO BANGKOK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4FEAYG6OEVESIB3DJ12DZ33PL
    Media URN:
    VLVA4FEAYG6OEVESIB3DJ12DZ33PL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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