Peking to Paris endurance rally gets underway
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