Around the World rally set for Millennium

Around the World in 80 Days is the latest challenge set for the Millennium by Philip Young of the Classic Rally Association in the wake of last year's 90th Anniversary Peking to Paris event.

"The first timed lap of the globe is the last remaining motoring milestone," said Young at last month's launch in London. "In 1908 an event ran from New York to Paris, and when PekingParis veterans approached us to tackle the route in reverse, it seemed logical to go right round."

The longest rally ever organised will take competitors from London's Tower Bridge in April 2000 to Peking and back via Alaska, Canada and the United States. Cars will be airlifted from China to Anchorage, and return from New York by ship. Sixty entries are available for the competitive element to Peking, and as many as 40 crews are expected to start the less formal American leg. Call CRA on 01235 851291 fora prospectus. MP