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.
Thursday, 16 June 2016
Rally Day 5
Mrs Richard and some mutual friends have come to Ulaan Bataar to wish us well. We have warned them that rallying doesn't give much time for socialising but they came down to the car park to chat whilst we worked on Rhubarb and Custard.
Today is a rest day and most people are busy working on their cars - some even give them a wash but we decided that's pointless. There's a lot of bodging and hammering going on as repairs are made to broken or damaged suspensions. Rhubarb and Custard is in excellent shape except for the mysterious fuel problem.
To chase this problem down the first thing we do is remove the spark plugs. It so happens that Owen Turner wanders past as we do so and he immediately tells us that the spark plug gap is incorrect. I'm sorry to say that we had set it in metric rather than imperial. As soon as this was put right the engine problem went away.
Simon Ayris called us complete plonkers (actually might have have been a bit worse than that). But hey, we've learnt something.
Other than than that we carried out our rest day checks with nothing to report except one of our leaf spring grease nipples has been damaged (by a stone I guess) and is out of action. The mechanics here just shrugged.
Some pictures of the rest day car park to give you a feel of the place: