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Around The World In 80 Days Motor Challenge

Link to Official Around The World web site 5 July 2000

Binghamton, New York

Competitors were expecting a rather easy day with no tests, but the route turned out to be much more challenging. Many reported that they were running briskly all day in an effort to keep from collecting any penalties at the Timing Controls.

The rally route traveled to the Cannonball Pub in Wyoming, New York, for lunch. Filled with automotive and racing memorabilia, the Cannonball Pub is owned by Car-and-Driver magazine columnist Brock Yates. Yates is known as the father of the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash clandestine cross country runs of the 1970s, which spawned a series of movies including "The Gumball Rally" and "Cannonball Run", and the more legal One Lap of America.

The now infamous Lagonda engine
A closer look at the now infamous Lagonda engine. See previous reports for details on why it is already a legend of this rally.

Several stuffed animals are making the journey Around The World as Mascots. Many will later be auctioned off with proceeds to go to charities. This camel is strapped to the rollbar of the Hunts' #83 Healey.

Tower of London, Around The World Start
This dash plaque (shown on the Noor's Mercedes Cabriolet) signifies that the car started the Around The World Motor Challenge at the Tower of London. Remaining competitors hope for the matching "Finish" plaque.

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