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


The Endurance Rally Association is a bit coy about how much it costs to enter the Rally - but its about £25,000 per person, so £50,000 per car.  Although it's a lot of money, it is a 35 day trip and the price includes all meals and accommodation, services of mechanics, petrol tankers following the convoy and all the rally route preparation. Taking this into account it didn't sound too bad.

Of course we also needed a car and Simon Ayris of Rally preparation Services had told us that we would need to spend £80-90,000 on a fully prepared Rally car. Many people do it for far less but they inevitably have more problems along the route.

Myself, Richard, Paul and Edmund held a council of war at the Royal Automobile Club in London's Pall Mall and concluded we needed to do more research before committing ourselves.

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