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.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Pop Quiz

1. Match the Chinese names to their meaning:
> (a) Chi Cho (b) Huo Cho and (c) Chi Chi (1) The word for motor car (2) the name of a stuffed giant panda at the natural history museum in London (3) the word for train.
> 2. What do the letters in the brand name Fiat stand for?
> 3. Name three American cars named after a word for Horse.
> 4. Rolls Royce. (a) in what year was Rolls Royce nationalised? (b) the development cost of which aero engine was blamed for the company's collapse (c) what was the company renamed after nationalisation (d) who now owns the Rolls Royce brand name?
> 5. Which British Leyland car was styled by Pininfarina?
> 6. Where in London is Sierra Drive?
> 7. When Mercedes Benz launched its 190 model it was rumoured that Ford bought one to find out how an innovative component worked. What was the component?
> 8. Cars are sometimes rebranded around the world. Give the alternative names for the following:
> (a) Oxford
> (b) Rabbit
> (c) Keffer
> 9. The following towns had new car plants built for them. Name the cars that the plants initially produced.
> (a) Speke
> (b) Valencia
> (c) Mirafiori
> 10. Which cars were launched with: (a) hydra gas suspension and a square steering wheel (b) the slogan '£795 - anyone who offers you a new car for less must have something missing'? (c) the engine from the VW Phaeton.

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