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.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Training Day

Back in October we put ourselves on Owen Turner's training day for P2P. We met Owen on the Alpine Trial and he is one of the Sweep Crew on P2P.

He ran a brilliant one day course on rally skills and preparation and we learnt a lot.  Next step is to bring the car down to his workshop in St Albans so that we can be shown how to fix it ourselves....

I forgot to take any photographs of Owen but when I googled his name and company this picture of Mr Spock came up. Fascinating.

Rear Axle Trouble

The Car is back at RPS who have discovered a leak coming from the rear axle. This turns out to be because the  axle is twisted and needs replacing. Fortunately we have a spare which is now being fitted.

In other news the bonnet catches have been replaced so that it no longer takes 20 mins to close the bonnet; a new starter motor and battery have been installed; we have a drinks holder installed in the cockpit to stop us getting dehydrated (a problem in France because the water was out of reach); the various bugs identified on the Annecy run have been sorted.

RPS are going to fit a Monit and a cradle for the GPS. The dashboard will look like a spaceship when they have finished. Mr Spock would be at home


We spent the weekend getting a briefing at the Gaydon Motor Heritage Centre from Enduro - the Rally organisers.

A slightly shambolic British affair that ran through the route and logistics and included a session on how to use the Garmin GPS that will keep us safe across Mongolia.

In theory a chance to meet other competitors, and we did meet a few, but not the great bonding session one might hope for.

However, it has sharpened us up to get things moving and although we are quite far ahead in our planning it's time to start ticking things off the to do list - Action This Day!