The adventurous sportsman Sultan

This is an addendum to an earlier posting about HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, the Sultan of Selangor who on Monday officially celebrated his 62nd birthday. HRH Raja Nazrin Shah Ibni Sultan Azlan Shah, Raja Muda Perak launched his biography From Peking to Paris: An Account of the 2007 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge on early this year’s HRH Sultan Selangor’s feat participating in the novelty but highly adventurous race, with his good buddy Dato’ Richard Curtis.

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HRH Raja Muda Perak jokingly referred these men who participated and completed this race in vintage cars as “men filled with testosterone”.

The Star has more story on HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor, the “Sportsman Sultan”:

Special praise for Sultan’s driving feat

By LOH FOON FONG

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sultan of Selangor’s feat in driving across the world in a vintage car earlier this year came in for special praise from another famed member of the royalty.

Raja Muda of Perak Raja Nazrin Shah said when he first heard of Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah’s adventurism, he was surprised.

Sultan Sharafuddin and his businessman friend Datuk Richard Curtis drove a vintage 1940 Chevrolet Master 85 Series coupe over a 35-day journey covering 12,642km from Beijing to Paris in May and June.

“When I first heard of it and realising the toughness of the endurance race, I wondered to myself why in God’s green earth would His Royal Highness do it again at his age,” said the crown prince, who referred to them as “men filled with testosterone.”

The Raja Muda was launching the book, From Peking to Paris: An Account of the 2007 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge at a hotel here last night.

The Sultan, Curtis and Syed Haizam Jamalullail, the Sultan’s nephew who drove the rest of the journey from Moscow to Paris with Curtis, wrote the book.

Also present were the Sultan, Raja Puan Besar of Perak Tuanku Zara Salim, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo and Curtis.

“With this book, the Tuanku reminds us that exploration, whether intellectual or physical, is the basis of man’s greatness.

“He is evidence of man’s need to seek new and unknown regions and test the limits of his physical and mental strength,” Raja Nazrin said.

Referring to the Sultan as a “man of audacity”, the Raja Muda said Sultan Sharafuddin had, through his example, inspired the people to challenge themselves to achieve greater heights in life.

Syed Haizam, 24, said the toughest part of the journey that the Sultan and Curtis endured was in Mongolia where they faced sandstorms and could not pitch their tents, forcing them to sleep in their car.

“The rally was not just about the journey. The people we met throughout – competitors and locals, made up an amazing experience,” he said.

HRH Sultan Selangor’s spirit of accomplishment, perseverance and sportsmanship should serve as a good inspirations for Selangorians to achieve in sports and other ventures.

Daulat Tuanku

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