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, 6 May 2016


Since Richard and I know bugger all about how to fix a car we thought that we had better go on a mechanic's course and so we spent yesterday with Jamie Turner, one of the mechanics on the Rally (He's the brother of Owen of silk underpants fame (see earlier posts).

I did come away feeling reassured that I could at least make a start on solving our problems if we broke down and perhaps more importantly we learnt how to avoid a small issue becoming something really serious.  Whether I will still remember all of this in a month's time is another question.

1 comment:

  1. Simple. You have to remember...Mechanics is kind of simple, most times it can only fit one way. Carburetor can be knarly to understand and electrics is another thing, it needs to be understand theoreticly but if you learn how the charging system works and ignition and how to check that for anomalies, the rest is kind of straight forward.