Silk Road Rally 2013 – Basel – Istanbul – Shanghai

by swisscham in Culture & Society

A group of 44 Vintage car enthusiasts, most of them from Switzerland, with 20 automobiles of at least 40 years of age have been travelling along the ancient prestigious Silk Road since September 1st, 2013. They will finally arrive in Shanghai on October 24. The rally officially covers approximately 12’000km of the legendary Silk Road from Istanbul to Shanghai in 56 days. On August 26, the Swiss competitors started in Basel, the sister- city of Shanghai, and they met some other participants in the expedition in Istanbul. The Swiss drivers are very excited to see the final destination: in fact, Basel and Shanghai have a sister-relationship since 2008. The partnership is active in different areas and this fall a new Confucius Institute was opened in Basel under the cooperation of the University of Basel and the East China Normal University in Shanghai, representing the second center of this kind in Switzerland. According to The Swiss Vintage Automobile Club Classic Car Event, the aim of the rally is not only speed and sports, but also to get to know various regions, countries and people from the Asian part of the world.

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