PEKING TO PARIS RALLY
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