MotorSport Expo took place from 3 rd to 5 th February in Moscow Congress and Exhibition Center
“Sokolniki”. The guests explored the unique sporting vehicles, the ancient racing cars, the racing
simulators and even the racing boats. The Organization of Silk Way Rally also took part in the
exposition. Everyone had a chance to take a photo with the real racing truck of “One belt – one
road” Team, which was represented by Russian and Chinese sportsmen during the competition
of last year.
The key objectives of Motorsport Expo are to gather all kinds of racing sport professionals, to
create a target audience of racing competitions and to “refuel” this sporting field, even in the
middle of freezing Russian winter! The Organization of Silk Way Rally, which is targeted to
promote motorsport in Russia and other countries, could not miss such a chance.
Expo guests got a valuable opportunity to see KAMAZ-4326 – the only vehicle that was driven
and not carried on the stage – with their own eyes. Driving this truck Chinese racers Hou
Hongning and Shen Xin together with Russian mechanic Andrey Mokeev won the fifth place on
Silk Way Rally 2016. The international team was created upon the initiative of rally general
partner – Gazprom, and became a symbol of friendship and cooperation between Russia and
This 10-ton truck drives top speed of 163 kmh and due to its 16-liter power unit accelerates to
100 kmh approximately in 10 seconds. The visitors made tons of pictures with the famous
KAMAZ, some of them even got a chance to hop into the cabin of this real racing vehicle.
The attention of guests was also attracted by Toyota – the official car of Silk Way Rally, which
had just come back from the route reconnaissance of 7 th edition: reco specialists on 12 Toyota
cars explored the famous Turfan Basin and the Kumtag Desert. This area is known for its
exceptional summer heat and quicksands, which will challenge the skills of competitors as soon
as this July.
The visitors were happy to take picture of themselves standing by the Rally Champion Trophy
shape of White Tiger – the talisman of the transcontinental competition. The youngest fans of
rally-raids even competed with the remote controlled Silk Way Rally cars.
The 7 th edition of Silk Way Rally starts in summer 2017. On July,7 the parade of vehicles will
take off from Moscow Red Square for the longest race in the world, get through two weeks of
amazing adventures and hot struggle in the open spaces of two continents in order to finish in
Xi’an – the ancient cradle of Chinese civilization – on July,22.