Thursday, 12 March 2015


We are deeply saddened to learn the news from The Endurance Rally Association that Philip Young, Rally Director, founder of the ERA and author of two Veloce books has died following complications arising from a motorcycle accident in Burma. He was 67 years old.

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. Details of a memorial service will be offered in due course.

Veloce Publisher, Rod Grainger commented:
"This is very sad news. Philip Young was at the very forefront of the international classic rallying scene, and was responsible for some incredible diplomatic breakthroughs to allow his rallies to cross the globe. I am particularly proud that Philip chose Veloce to publish the official illustrated record of the centenary Peking to Paris rally."