Pek­ing to Paris en­durance rally gets un­der­way

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

One of the great­est mo­tor sport­ing chal­lenges will start from the Great Wall of China on Sun­day when the sixth Pek­ing to Paris Mo­tor Chal­lenge be­gins an 8500-mile rally.

A to­tal of 110 com­peti­tors will cross 11 coun­tries in­clud­ing the Gobi Desert, Rus­sia and Be­larus be­fore fin­ish­ing in Paris on July 17.

With 50 pre-1942 cars in the Vin­tageant class and 60 in the pre-1977 Clas­sic class, it is a record en­try for the re­mark­able En­durance Rally As­so­ci­a­tion event.

Lead­ing the en­try is the old­est com­peti­tor, Gerry Crown, 84, from Aus­tralia in his 1974 Ley­land P74. Crown has com­peted in all five re­vivals of the epic ad­ven­ture and won the Clas­sic cat­e­gory in 2013.

Vin­tage cars face a tough test

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