But there's a dark side to uncle Kim. He takes pleasure in finding complex junctions where despite his crystal clear instructions rally drivers will take the wrong road. He loves obscure left and right hand turns that couldn't possibly be correct yet they are, and nothing gives him more pleasure than steep and winding cols up and over a mountain - except perhaps the route down the other side.
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.
Saturday, 28 May 2016
Kim Bannister is one of those charming avuncular types you could meet as a stranger in a pub one evening and leave being life long friends. He has the most wonderful job designing rally courses, spending his time finding impossible and beautiful roads then stringing them together to make a route.