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Philip Young memorial service to be held at Brooklands

The Endurance Rally Association will hold a memorial service for founder Philip Young, a year after his tragic death

A special memorial service will be held for Philip Young, founder of the Endurance Rally Association, at the Brooklands Motor Museum on Wednesday 9 March.

A prolific ambassador of the historic rally movement, Philip was a larger-than-life character who pushed motorsport boundaries, organising 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 crews to be the first to cross the land border from Thailand into Burma.

Philip died in hospital in Bangkok on Wednesday 11th March 2015 following complications arising from a motorcycle accident in Burma. He was 66 years old.

Rally Director Fred Gallagher said: “We are planning for this to be true celebration of an amazing man, a happy occasion with words, video footage and pictures to lighten the mood and to make sure that we all remember Philip as the incredible life force and innovator that he was.”

While the celebration is open to all, friends and colleagues, past and present, numbers have to be restricted and entry will be by invitation only, so anyone wishing to attend, should email nikki@endurorally.com as entry to the venue on the day will be strictly by ticket only.

The ERA has also asked attendees with Pioneer, Vintage, Classic or Endurance Rally cars to bring them to Brooklands as it intends to display some of the cars in the paddock.

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