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.
Monday, 13 April 2015
20th March and time for a proper test run in the car. First we practiced changing a wheel - lucky Steve at RPS was on hand to help us...
Then we drove across to Burford and took in 100 miles of Cotswold countryside including as much variety of road condition and test of map reading skills as we could. The car was absolutely fine, mostly running at around 86 degrees (it can run hotter than normal because we've got Evans coolant in the radiator instead of water. It did go over 100 on one of the hill climbs we inserted in the route but seemed okay. Its a very smooth ride and the engine seems very happy. The steering is still boat like but you do get used to it. The drum brakes are something else - best to change down in to second gear and let the gearbox do some of the work.
the car is certainly good for a steady 60mph and we briefly hit 70 but I'm not sure it would cruise all day at that speed.roadholding on the new tyres (commercial van spec) is good in the dry but might be trickier in the wet.
the only problem we had was that our instruments failed but RPS has now fixed that.
Professional photographer and mate, Tim Graham followed along in his AMG Mercedes and took some great photographs. As you can see the car is wearing its Flying Scotsman plates and numbers.