Rally Maya Classic Car Participants Finish in Playa del Carmen
After several days on the road and 1,200 kilometers added to the odometer, the 108 participants in this year’s Rally Maya landed in Playa del Carmen over the weekend.
Drivers from 15 nationalities including Germany, Switzerland and France, South Africa, Costa Rica, Honduras, Colombia, Argentina, the United States and Canada, took part in the annual 2016 classic car road race. Each year, the classic collectibles rev their engines in the city of Merida and cross the Yucatan Peninsula to enjoy the numerous sites of the region.
Just after noon on Sunday, the first of the classic cars began to arrive in the city’s center where Rally enthusiasts anxiously awaited. It didn’t take long for Julio 28 civic center to fill with dozens of beautiful classic cars.
Drivers who participated in the 1,200 kilometer race were ushered to city hall where they formed an exhibition of classic vehicles that attracted hundreds of curious tourists and locals.
Daniel Huerta, one of the directors of Rally Maya 2016, said that the classic cars participating in the annual race range from 1920 to 1974 and are still 90 percent original. There was a lot of support for race participants including assistance from Federal authorities and the Green Angels who supported the cars the entire way.
The route for the race is pre-chosen and exhibits some of the many tourist attractions that can be found along the Yucatan Peninsula.
The route began in the city of Merida and saw drivers make their way to Dzibilchaltún. From there they continued on to Izamal, Chichen Itza, Tinum – Dzitas, Spigot – Calotmul then later to Valladolid, Dzitnup, Tixcacalcupul, Tepich, Tihosuco, Santa Rosa, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Buenavista, Chetumal, Kohunlich, Bacalar Fort, Tulum, Akumal and finally Playa del Carmen.