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, 20 May 2016
The oldest car is a 1915 La France American
The newest car is a 1977 Mercedes 280E
The smallest engine is 1290 cc in two Alfa Romeo Giulias and a Peugeot 203
The biggest engines are in the three La France cars 14,500cc
As at November 2015 there were 13 Chevrolets, 12 Fords, 8 Volvos, 8 Bentleys and 5 Datsuns (all 240Z models) but only 2 Buicks in the rally.
There are 70 Brits, 68 Europeans, 32 Aussies, 20 Americans and a sprinkling from other countries on the rally but no Chinese, Mongolians or Russians (what do they know that we don't?)