After surviving the heat, dust and potholes of South Asia, 75 vintage cars rumbled along smoother roads across Iran on Monday in the second Beijing-to-Paris car rally.
After a rest stop Saturday in Isfahan in central Iran, the drivers hit the road again Sunday, cheered by hundreds of Iranians lining the streets.
"The roads here in Iran are wonderful, and the people are great," said Ray H. Karr, a hardy American millionaire who at 73 predates his vintage auto, a gleaming green 1939 Ford Deluxe.
The drivers plan to cross into Erzurum in Turkey today and drive through Greece, Italy, Switzerland and Germany before reaching Paris.
The rally is unusual not only for the age of its cars, but also because Iran has opened its borders to such an event for the first time, allowing scores of foreigners from 22 countries, including several Americans, to drive through.