Philip Young, Endurance Rally Legend Passes

I was shocked to learn today that Philip Young, founder and rally director of the Endurance Rally Association (ERA) had passed away.  About a week ago I learned that he had a motorcycle accident in Burma when he was traveling along with the ERA’s Road To Mandalay Rally.  At that time I understood that he was going to be taken back to England, however that did not happen as perhaps he could not be moved.  The Endurance Rally Association announced that he died today in hospital in Bangkok following complications arising from the motorcycle accident in Burma. He was 67 years old.

2013 Peking Paris Book

Philip Young’s Book About The 2013 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge

Philip Young was a prolific ambassador of the historic rally movement. He was a larger-than-life character who pushed motorsport boundaries, organizing marathon and endurance rallies all over the globe. A founder of the Historic Rally Car Register, Philip set a world record for driving from Cape Town to London in ten-and-a-half days, and is best known for one of his greatest achievements – the revival of the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, one of the world’s most epic motoring adventures. His final milestone was gaining permission for 70 rally competitors to be the first to cross the land border from Thailand into Burma.

2013 Peking Paris People

Philip Young With His 2013 Peking To Paris Crew

I know that Philip Young’s death will have a tremendous impact on the Endurance Rally Association, but I hope that the ERA is able to persevere.

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2 Responses to Philip Young, Endurance Rally Legend Passes

  1. jeeves says:

    I remember Philip well from my days on the 1997 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. Philip has left a huge legacy and certainly brought enjoyment to millions of people-not just rally participants, but also armchair travellers and readers, TV viewers, spectators and the list goes on. What a magnificent achievement.

    He was not always popular but the world has lost a colourful character who tapped into the spirit of adventure–I wonder if he ever realized how much he had done.

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