The 7th Peking to Paris

2 June - 7 July 2019

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The Greatest Motoring Adventure – Peking to Paris 2019

The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge is unique in the motoring world – a true endurance motor rally following in the wheel-tracks of the original pioneers of 1907. Driving an old car nearly half way around the world with a bunch of like-minded enthusiasts, against the clock, with the added spice of timed sections, makes Peking to Paris the longest and toughest driving challenge for Vintage and Classic cars.

Who can participate?

This Peking to Paris Motor Challenge is open to cars of a type produced before 1976 and is suitable to both novice crews, with training and support, as well as experienced rally entrants. Taking an exciting route via gravel, sand and stunning roads, luxurious hotels and desert camping, this is a life changing, never to be forgotten, adventur.

The route is challenging but the Organisers welcome both newcomers and experienced crews. You will need a sense of adventure and be prepared to spend nights under canvas in the deserts of Mongolia and Kazakhstan. The ability to carry out regular maintenance on your own car is essential. Average daily distances are around 400 kilometres but, on occasion, they can be as much as 650 kilometres – it is an endurance event after all.

Tell Me More

The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge is unique in the motoring world – a true endurance rally following in the wheel-tracks of the original pioneers of 1907. Driving an old car nearly half way around the world with a bunch of like-minded enthusiasts, against the clock, with the added spice of timed sections, makes this rally the longest and perhaps the toughest driving challenge for Vintage and  Classic cars.

Once again the demand from prospective participants for the 2019 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge has been exceptional. With a little over two years to go before the start all available places have now been allocated.

The Event Guide is packed with essential, but inevitably brief, information to provide an understanding of what lies ahead for prospective entrants and should be essential reading especially for any applicants who have not previosly driven the Peking to Paris.

Contact the Rally Office for more information
Phone:   +44 (0)1235 831221
Email:   [email protected]

The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 2019 – Participants


The 2019 Route and Event Itinerary

Traveling through China, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France, the epic 36-day adventure will cover approximately 8500 miles and be a true test of endurance for both car and crew. You will be able to find all of the latest news and stories from Syd Stelvio, right here on the ERA website.

Peking to Paris 2019 – Itinerary

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Syd Stelvio Rally Reports

Peking to Paris 2019 

Day 15. Novosibirsk – Irtysh Hotel. 630km

Today was the longest day of the rally so far and there was a border crossing to negotiate as well but, perhaps because it was a Sunday morning, the drive got off to a good start on excellent and empty highways.

Siberia however has something of a fearsome reputation so, even after the warm (and sunny) welcome we’d received in both the Altai Republic and Novosibirsk, we should not have been surprised, to see this so far benign region, bare its teeth and remind us of its more savage side.

The day had dawned dull, damp and drizzly but there was no sign, as we left the sanctuary of the Marriot hotel, of what exactly was to hit us by midday.

All of yesterday’s washing, cleaning and polishing was to be undone in but a few short hours and, by the time we rolled into the night halt most of the cars – and some of the crews – looked worse than when they’d left Mongolia.

Given the way that the rain was falling by lunchtime, the cultural highlight of the day, a visit to a German Village, where they were celebrating the start of summer, turned into the ironic highlight of the rally so far. When we arrived in this neat little town, we found hundreds of revellers sheltering beneath tarpaulin sheets, under gazebos and inside open fronted marquees. It was dark, it was wet, and it was gloomy. There was no sign of any summer to celebrate.

Hovering around the Time Control waiting for the clock to tick over, we could see that Alex Vassbotten’s sheepskin flying jacket was soaked through and probably weighed as much as he did. Bill Cleyndert however couldn’t believe his luck as this was the first time he’s been in a car with a proper roof for many a rally.

From the German Village, the route book then told us that the road turned to gravel. But that was before the weather made the entire section much more entertaining by turning it to mud. And, any rally fans brave enough to face such a deluge were richly rewarded by the sight of almost every car slipping and sliding its way along a 5km track. Such was the viscosity and abundance of the mud, that both drivers and navigators were at times required to reach out and clean the windshield in addition to carrying out their more usual roles.

Thanks to the conditions then, it was a filthy set of rally crews who presented themselves at the Kazakhstan border by mid afternoon but, as usual the Kyrgz Concept crew of helpers, had done the hard work for us and we all breezed through with the absolute minimum of fuss.

As well as the fun and games though in the dirt though, there was naturally some hard work to be done and, early on in the day we saw a soaking wet Brian Scowcroft struggling inside the Chevy’s engine bay, to repair a broken throttle linkage.

Serge and Jacqueline Berthier were supposed to be ‘enjoying’ their first day back on the rally after their Jensen failed in Mongolia. Sadly though they spent some of the day being towed by the ever helpful Arkadai of the Russian Motor Federation, after their alternator failed before arriving at the night halt with a battery borrowed from one of the Organisers Hilux vehicles.

Shortly after the Kazakh border, a soaking wet Graham Goodwin was seen sat by the side of the road desperately looking for a reason as to why he’d lost the oil pressure in his Bentley. As the leader of the rally, Graham‘s blood pressure must surely have been rising as quickly as the gauge was falling away but, thanks to his knowledge of the car and the attention of the sweeps, a blocked oil filter was diagnosed and the problem was quickly sorted.

After such an epic day most of the crews would have been happy with a bowl of soup and an early night, but the buffet spread which the Hotel Irtysh had laid on for us was superb and coupled with the ample bar, gave most of the rally a pretty good excuse for staying up a bit later than usual.

Syd Stelvio

For previous Syd Stelvio Rally Reports, please click on the desired report you would like to read:

Pre-start – Car Collection day – CLICK HERE

Pre-Start – Scrutineering – CLICK HERE

Day 01 – Great Wall – Hohhot – CLICK HERE

Day 02 – Hohhot – Erenhot – CLICK HERE

Day 03 – Erenhot – Inkhet Camp – CLICK HERE

Day 04 – Inkhet Camp – Ulaanbaatar – CLICK HERE

Day 05 – Ulaanbaatar Rest Day – CLICK HERE

Day 06 – UlaanBataar – Unitiin Brigada camp – CLICK HERE

Day 07 – Unitiin Brigada camp – Tsagaan Uul camp – CLICK HERE

Day 08 – Tsagaan Uul camp – Undurkhangai camp – CLICK HERE

Day 09 – Undurkhangai camp – Achit Lake camp – CLICK HERE

Day 10 – Achit Lake camp – Kochevnik camp – CLICK HERE

Day 11 – Kochevnik camp – Aya – CLICK HERE

Day 12 – Aya – Novokuznetsk – CLICK HERE

Day 13 – Novokuznetsk – Novosibirsk – CLICK HERE

Day 14 – Novosibirsk rest day – CLICK HERE

Day 15 – Novosibirsk – Irtysh Hotel – CLICK HERE

Unofficial End Of Day Results

Day 16 – Overall Results – Vintage CLICK HERE Classic – CLICK HERE

Day 1 to 16 – Overall Penalties – Vintage – CLICK HERE Classic – CLICK HERE

Day 15 – Overall Results – Vintage CLICK HERE Classic – CLICK HERE

Day 14 – Rest Day

Day 13 – Overall Results – Vintage CLICK HERE Classic – CLICK HERE

Day 12 – Overall Results – Vintage – CLICK HERE Classic – CLICK HERE 

Day 11 – Overall Results – Vintage – CLICK HERE Classic – CLICK HERE

Day 10 – Overall Results – Vintage – CLICK HERE Classic – CLICK HERE

Day 9 – Overall Results – Vintage – CLICK HERE Classic – CLICK HERE

Day 8 –  Overall Results – Vintage – CLICK HERE  Classic – CLICK HERE

Day 7 –  Overall Results – Vintage – CLICK HERE  Classic – CLICK HERE

Day 6 –  Overall Results – Vintage – CLICK HERE Classic – CLICK HERE

Day 5 – Rest Day

Day 4 – Overall Results – Vintage – CLICK HERE Classic – CLICK HERE

Day 3 – No results due to border delays and flooding.

Day 2 – Overall Results – Vintage – CLICK HERE Classic – CLICK HERE

Day 1 – Overall Results – Vintage – CLICK HERE Classic – CLICK HERE

To view our competitor’s personal blogs, please follow the links below:

Car 1 – Anton Sr Gonnissen / Herman Jr Gelan – Contal Mototri –

Car 2 – Mitch Gross / Christopher Rolph – P2P On Steam –

Car 5 – Lee Harman / Bill Ward – Finish Polio –

Car 21 – Keith Weed / Richard Holmes –

Car 23 – Nick Brayshaw / Paul Woolmer –

Car 24 – Manuel Dubs / Robi Huber – The 7th Beijing to Paris Motor Challenge –

Car 25 – Colin Smith / Hernan Zanghellini – Terraplane Adventure Blog –

Car 33 – Patrick Debussere / Bernard Vereenooghe – Belgian Dodge Brothers –

Car 35 – Charlotte Lockhart / Andrew Barnes – Classics 4 Charities –

Car 36 – Jeff Urbina / Chris Pike – Bodacious Racing –

Car 42 – John Beresford / Chris Beresford – The Drive for Deirdre –

Car 46 – Hans Ulrich Wartenweiler / Jean Christophe Gyr –

Car 48 – Steve Partridge / Corgi La Grouw – Gravel Travel –

Car 50 – Enrico Paggi / Federica Mascetti – Pehino Parigi Fiat –

Car 54 – Mark Trowbridge / Janel Trowbridge – P2P1800 –

Car 56 – Renee Brinkerhoff / Calvin Cooledge – Valkyrie Racing –

Car 59 – Martti Kiikka / Petri Kiikka -Peking to Paris Fi –

Car 60 – Hampi Durrer / Tony von Rotz – The Biggest Car Adventure –

Car 63 – Mario Illien / Noele Illien – Race Tripping –

Car 65 – Paul Hickman(AUS) / Bas Gross(GB) – Bristol 403 Peking to Paris –

Car 68 – Erik van Droogenbroek / Tone Moller – Inca Rally Aruba –

Car 71 – Heather Worth / Joanne Worth – Team Xena –

Car 73 – Shivinder Sikand / Dean Drako –

Car 75 – John Henderson / Lui MacLennan – John and Lui do P2P 2019 –

Car 76 – Matteo Crippa / Roberto Crippa – Rudolph The Red Nosed Alfa –

Car 77 – Ashton Roskill / Giles Cooper – 1954 Austin Healey takes on P2P –

Car 79 – Philip Macwhirter / Laurette Macwhirter – Avanti The Alfa –

Car 85 – Tjerk Bury / Chris Bury – P2P 240Z –

Car 86 – David Gainer / Steve Gainer –

Car 90 – Adrian Hodgson / Owen Turner – Cuth and Owen Drive P2P 2019 –

Car 96 – Daniel Ehrilcher / Florian Lissmann – P2Pcar96 –

Car 111 – Boris Gruzman / Eliot Gruzman – Peking to Paris Jaguar XKE –

Car 112 – Gerry Crown / Matt Bryson – World Rally P76 –

Car 114 – Tim Eades / Jim McLaren – Bodacious Racing LLC –

Car 116 – Doug McWilliams / Mike McWilliams – Peking to Paris Motor Challenge –