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, 13 May 2016


The rally organisers say that we should carry $10,000 of emergency cash in case we need to hire a flatbed truck to transport the car.  This is what $10,000 looks like.  Between the 110 competitors we are carrying $1.1m.  Let's hope the bad guys don't read this blog.


  1. There is cheap coin sized trackers available that could be hidden with the money, or tools or in the packing and other easy to steal items. Worthless where there is no mobil cover but as soon there is cover the tracker can be found with an app on the cell phone. Most cities has a good mobil grit net and there's where most thieves are...

  2. Are you really planning to take the cash in $1dollar bills? It'll add an hour to the recovery time as Mr Flatbed counts it!