The Mission

The Peking to Paris Rally is a recreation of the 1907 challenge issued by Le Matin, "Is there anyone who will undertake to travel this summer from Peking to Paris by automobile?"
The 2016 version will follow a route of 13,695 Km (8,510 miles) and take 35 days. We are travelling in Rhubarb and Custard, a 1936 Buick. We know nothing about cars or rallying.

Friday, 14 February 2014

2 Chronicles

Richard has spotted an internet advert for a 1936 Buick 40c. He's obviously spent hours on the web looking for cars. This one has a rally pedigree having completed the Inca Rally around South America in 2001.

The Car is offered for £60,000 but offers are invited. and as Richard neatly pointed out, 'That's not £90,000'. So we allowed ourselves to get a bit excited and Richard sent an email to the owner for more information. As a result we got a lot of extra detail about the car. Paul - the owner clearly knows his stuff.

At this point Richard and I realised that we have to get serious about this and that neither of us know anything about how to properly assess a rally car.  It's agreed that, for about £600, Simon from Rally Preparation Services will drive down to Devon from Whitney in Oxfordshire and inspect the car.  Exciting times.

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