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.

Monday, 23 May 2016


A good chunk of the rally is across Siberia, a region that I know very little about but which turns out to be extremely interesting.

Before about 1750 the area was inhabited by multiple tribal people, very much in the same way as the United States.  Most of these tribes followed shamanism, the belief that there is a spirit world of nature and animals that men can connect to, again very similar to the American tribes. The Siberian forests were filled with wildlife such a reindeer, bears and wolves and the Russian government sent successive waves of Cossacks to exterminate the tribes and their hunting grounds. the result is that the wildlife has been greatly reduced and only about 130,000 indigenous people survive.

It's a sad story and I wish I knew more about it. The tale of America's native population is much better known but the story of Siberia is just as interesting.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Brownbear! I think that Siberia will not disappoint you :) about mosquitoes -All information is generally true, but it should be noted that the border with Mongolia and to Aya they are almost there, this is due to the height above sea level. but in Novosibirsk and more you will feel them fully :). You have a very interesting blog, I read with pleasure, and I hope that during the race you will be able to maintain it. I hope to meet you in the Altai.

    Nik Sinko