Classic Sports Car

Peking to Paris: The Ultimate Motoring Challenge

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Long-distance endurance rallying is beyond the reach of most classic car enthusiast­s, but it just got a bit more accessible thanks to Patrick Debusseré, who has published a book dedicated to the 2019 Peking to Paris rally. Told from a competitor’s perspectiv­e, the 396-page coffee-table hardback relives the Belgian’s time on the 14,500km event in his 1933 Dodge roadster, from scrutineer­ing in Beijing to his eventual arrival in Paris, taking in the highs and lows of the adventure as it wound through China, Mongolia, Russia and Kazakhstan. The book is well presented and beautifull­y illustrate­d with numerous high-quality photograph­s from the likes of pro snapper Gerard Brown, while the diary-style entries charting the journey are both personal and warm. You might not feel the sting of desert sand on your face or the harsh heat of a Mongolian sun on the back of your neck, but through Debusseré’s writing you really feel as if you’re along for the ride. GM

€149 Patrick Debusseré, Debusseré BV. ISBN 9789464071­474

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