A group of classic car enthusiasts on Monday embarked on a road trip around Myanmar -- an event organisers hope will help save the country's ageing automobiles from the scrapheap.

Twenty cars including marques such as Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce and Chevrolet left Yangon on a two-week, 1,429 kilometre (889 mile) trip that will take them to Inle Lake, the ancient temple city of Bagan and Ngapali Beach.

Nine of the vehicles are owned by foreigners and shipped over specially for the event, which follows dramatic changes in the former pariah state since junta rule ended in 2011.

"I have watched what the country has achieved over the last 30 months and it's astonishing," said Richard, the British driver of a 1956 Mercedes-Benz.

Fume-belching classic European cars and ageing Japanese sedans have rattled along Myanmar's streets for decades.

But as the country opens up following decades of isolation, many have been sent to the junkyard.

"It’s very sad to lose these old cars," said Zaw Phyo Linn of the Myanmar Classic Cars Club who is participating in the road tour.

"Our intention to hold the event is to let people know that these cars are valued and encourage them not to destroy them."

Under military rule, imported cars were a luxury reserved for people close to the junta.

But the country's new reformist government has allowed owners of ageing cars to trade them in for hard-to-get permits to purchase imported used vehicles.

About News.net

Publishing Services International Limited (PSIL) is the publisher and operator of a worldwide network of online news sites dedicated to delivering fair, accurate and relevant reporting from a variety of the world’s most trusted sources – from the biggest cities to the smallest towns.

We deliver positive and powerful messages to our readers, providing up‑to‑the‑second news that matters to the individual.

Our promise is to serve communities and individuals worldwide, delivering information that hasn’t always been available to them. We will give them back a voice – a voice that’s empowering because it is theirs – and provide a platform to communicate between themselves and the world.

We believe people are not just generic demographics; they are individuals with their own preferences and curiosities. We are about understanding these individuals, listening to them, and serving them.

We are the new pioneering spirit of news – we’re not talking to everyone, we’re talking with every one.

If you want your news, your voice, your way, on your time – we’ve got news for you.

 

FAQs

Email

If you have any questions or concerns please email us on support@news.net

Phone

  • Australia, Toll Free 1-800-983-421
  • Hong Kong, Toll Free 800-906-187
  • Singapore, Toll Free 800-852-3871
  • USA/Canada, Toll Free 1-800-830-4132

Advertise With Us

Interested in being awesome?
Contact us by email or phone.

Cancel