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.

Thursday, 13 February 2014


By chance Richard discovered that two of his neighbours had driven the Rally in previous years and organised a get together.

Over some good red burgundy they unfolded their stories of eccentrics from around the world coming together to take part in this event, how much they had enjoyed it, and of the various adventures and disasters they had encountered. Bruce had driven a pre-war Bentley on his trip whilst Gordon's journey was made in a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.  That trip took a route through Nepal, Afghanistan and Iraq, which is now closed.

Both Bruce and Gordon were adamant that we should do the trip if at all possible.  They agreed with Simon Ayris that a 1930's American vehicle would give the least trouble.  Other tips were to enjoy the experience, take it steady and to travel light.

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