PEK­ING TO PARIS RALLY

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Report -

12 JUNE-17 JULY

The bru­tal con­di­tions and blis­ter­ing heat of the Gobi Desert is al­ready tak­ing its toll on the 107 clas­sics tak­ing part in this 8500-mile rally.

Two of the Amer­i­can LeFrances tak­ing part have al­ready been forced to re­tire, while three-time Pek­ing to Paris vic­tors Gerry Crown and Matt Bryson have been slowed down by the need to carry out re­pairs to their 1974 Ley­land P76. So far the rally has taken the en­trants from the Great Wall of China into Mon­go­lia, with cars that have sur­vived the pun­ish­ing ter­rain now cross­ing the bor­der into Rus­sia’s Al­tai Re­pub­lic.

The early lead­ers in the Vin­tageant Cat­e­gory for pre1941 cars are New Zealan­der Brice Wash­ing­ton and son Harry in their 1929 Chrysler 75 Road­ster. Lead­ing the Clas­sic Cat­e­gory are Ital­ians Gior­gio Schon and Pierre Tonetti in their 1971 Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia Su­per.

Fred Gal­lagher, who is the rally di­rec­tor for the event, says the journey across 11 coun­tries is the world’s tough­est mo­tor­ing chal­lenge.‘Not only is the ter­rain chal­leng­ing but the days are long and the pace is re­lent­less. It’s a hard journey to Paris but the feel­ing when cross­ing the fin­ish line will be well worth it.’ Pho­tog­ra­phy by Ger­ard Brown

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