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The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 2010

September 10th - October 16th 2010

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In 1907 the first-ever trans-Continental motor-rally between Peking and Paris became an epic challenge between a Prince and a Pauper.

Prince Borghese had the best funded entry and carefully researched the conditions of setting out on a journey where the first 5,000 miles saw no roads, at all, so, no maps and no garages. His chief rival was a fair-ground worker who until he read news of the race in a Paris newspaper, Le Matin, picked up blowing in the wind, had never even sat in a motor-car, so had no idea how to drive one.

Five cars set out from Peking, four made it to Paris to a tumultuous welcome and world-wide fame – they had set out to prove that man and machine could now go anywhere, they hoped it would make borders between countries redundant. They had left Peking with no passports – these had been confiscated by Chinese authorities who suspected they were spies, and had no interest in seeing the success of the motor-car having just invested in shares in the trans-Siberian railway.

The second Peking to Paris was not held until the summer of 1997, when on the 90th anniversary, our organisation staged the first-ever rally for classic and vintage cars to cross China, and the first-ever rally to cross Tibet – we camped at the foot of Mount Everest. We also cracked open the border between Tibet and Nepal.

The border at Friendship Bridge between Tibet and Nepal had been closed for 40 years since it was slammed shut by Chairman Mao – the 90th Anniversary Peking to Paris negotiated the re-opening, it remains open today, we drove on into India and Pakistan, and were the first rally to cross Iran since the 1977 London to Sydney Marathon. Of 96 cars that set out, all but nine made it to the celebrations in Place de la Concorde, and TV film of the epic drive has been seen in more than 80 different countries. In New Zealand, our Peking to Paris became part of the school curriculum for children who followed the adventures of the mad motorists as part of their geography lessons.

This site contains details of our 2007, “100th anniversary” Peking to Paris Rally and some of the background to four years of careful preparations by the Endurance Rally Association – organisers of over 50 major events – planning a route tackled by nearly 300 competitors and officials, through some of the world’s remotest terrain.

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The 2010 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge Route

Our route for 2010 drives from China, through Mongolia, then briefly into Russia before turning south west into Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. This is the historic Silk Route where there are days off in such fabled cities as Almaty, and Samarkand.

Day Date Weekday Route Country Kms
Day 1 10th Sept Fri Peking to Daihai China 398
Day 2 11th Sept Sat Daihai to Erenhot China 508
Day 3 12th Sept Sun Erenhot to Sainshand Mongolia 214
Day 4 13th Sept Mon Sainshand to Ulaan Baatar Mongolia 432
Day 5 14th Sept Tue Ulaan Baatar – Rest Day
Day 6 15th Sept Wed Ulaan Baatar to Kharakorin Mongolia 360
Day 7 16th Sept Thu Kharakorin to Tariat Mongolia 327
Day 8 17th Sept Fri Tariat to Uliastay Mongolia 336
Day 9 18th Sept Sat Uliastay to Teel River Mongolia 253
Day 10 19th Sept Sun Teel River to Khovd Mongolia 177
Day 11 20th Sept Mon Khovd – Rest Day
Day 12 21st Sept Tue Khovd to Border Mongolia 311
Day 13 22nd Sept Wed Border to Belokurikha Russia 581
Day 14 23rd Sept Thu Belokurikha to Semey Kazakhstan 548
Day 15 24th Sept Fri Semey to Usharal Kazakhstan 581
Day 16 25th Sept Sat Usharal to Almaty Kazakhstan 552
Day 17 26th Sept Sun Almaty – Rest Day
Day 18 27th Sept Mon Almaty – Rest Day
Day 19 28th Sept Tue Almaty to Shymkent Kazakhstan 734
Day 20 29th Sept Wed Shymkent to Tashkent Uzbekhistan 260
Day 21 30th Sept Thu Tashkent to Samarkand Uzbekhistan 315
Day 22 1st Oct Fri Samarkand – Rest Day
Day 23 2nd Oct Sat Samarkand to Turkmenabat Turkmenistan 369
Day 24 3rd Oct Sun Turkmenabat to Ashgabad Turkmenistan 631
Day 25 4th Oct Mon Ashgabad to Gorgan Iran 560
Day 26 5th Oct Tue Gorgan to Rasht Iran 585
Day 27 6th Oct Wed Rasht to Tabriz Iran 444
Day 28 7th Oct Thu Tabriz to Erzurum Turkey 606
Day 29 8th Oct Fri Erzurum to Kozakli Turkey 728
Day 30 9th Oct Sat Kozakli to Abant Lake Turkey 546
Day 31 10th Oct Sun Abant Lake to Istanbul – Rest Day + Transit 320
Day 32 11th Oct Mon Istanbul to Thessaloniki Greece 595
Day 33 12th Oct Tue Thessaloniki to Igoumenitsa Via ferry to Ancona 414
Day 34 13th Oct Wed Ancona to Viareggio Italy 434
Day 35 14th Oct Thu Viareggio to Aix les Bains France 607
Day 36 15th Oct Fri Aix les Bains to Troyes France 431
Day 37 16th Oct Sat Troyes to Paris France 203

Total = 14360 kms (8923 miles)

Peking to Paris 2010 Participants

Num Crew Year – Car cc.
Pioneer (pre 1921 type cars)
1 Timothy Scott(GB) 1922 – F.N Motorcycle 750
2 David Ayre(GB) / Karen Ayre(GB) 1907 – Itala 40 7433
3 Daniel Ward(GB) / David Ingleby(GB) 1914 – Lancia Theta 4410
4 Nicholas Bailey(IRL) / Janek Mamino(IRL) 1918 – Buick Roadster 4000
6 David Wenman(GB) / Elizabeth Wenman(GB) 1919 – La France 14500
7 David Royds(GB) / Anthony Royds(GB) 1921 – Rolls Royce Silver Ghost 7428
8 Andrew Bailey(IRL) / Mickey Gabbett(IRL) 1920 – Stutz Roadster 5290
9 Jeffrey Robinson(AUS) / Robert Blake(GB) 1926 – Dodge Tourer 2125
10 Charles Bishop(GB) / Rosalind Bishop(GB) 1925 – Vauxhall 30/98 4250
11 Maxwell Stephenson(AUS) / Carl Watson(AUS) 1923 – Vauxhall OD 23/60 4200
Vintageant (pre 1941 type cars)
14 Thomas Weichenberger(A) / Gernot Woerle(A) 1934 – Citroen Rosalie 8A 1450
15 John Raker(GB) / Henry Raker(GB) 1929 – Ford Model A 3267
16 Harry Jurgens(NL) / Peter van de Zilver(USA) 1925 – Buick Standard Six 2900
17 Arthur Manners(GB) / Anna Manners(GB) 1927 – Oldsmobile 30E 3000
18 Chris Evans(GB) / Mark Seymour(GB) 1928 – Ford Model A 3287
19 Frederick James(USA) / Lang Wightman(USA) 1929 – Ford Phaeton 35A 3300
20 Peter Roberts(GB) / Colin Beasley(GB) 1930 – Delage Tourer 3045
22 David Clements(GB) / Russel Stevenson(GB) 1929 – Chevrolet Roadster 3000
23 Rupert Marks(GB) / Simon Mackenzie-Smith(GB) 1928 – Ford Model A 3285
24 Tim Wilkinson(GB) / Charmian Morshead(GB) 1929 – Buick 25x Phaeton 3920
25 Nigel Gambier(GB) / Hugo Upton(GB) 1934 – Lagonda T7 3000
26 Claus Thulstrup(DK) / Marianne Aakirke(DK) 1926 – Pontiac Tourer 3059
27 Mattia Nocera(I) / Andrea Mandel-Mantello(HU) 1930 – Chevrolet 6 Tourer 3179
28 Maarten Hoeben(NL) / Jan Bruintjes(NL) 1931 – Lagonda 3L Special 2931
29 Adrian Shooter(GB) / Barbara Shooter(GB) 1930 – Ford Model A 3285
30 Werner Meier-Cavaliere(CH) / Arnold Meier(CH) 1934 – Packard Convertible 5360
31 Richard Auchincloss(GB) / Karen Auchincloss(GB) 1930 – Rolls Royce Phantom II 7668
32 George Howitt(GB) / Monique Rombouts(B) 1929 – Rolls Royce Phantom I 7668
33 Leslie Roy(USA) / James Elliott(CAN) 1935 – Ford Model B Phaeton 3200
34 Maurice Timms(AUS) / John Hastie(AUS) 1936 – MG SA 2300
35 Harry Hickling(AUS) / Catherine Hickling(AUS) 1937 – MG SA 2300
36 Scott Greenhalgh(GB) / Patrick Walker(GB) 1938 – Alvis 4.3 4300
37 Mark Robinson(GB) / John Austen(GB) 1937 – Rolls Royce 25/30 Coupe 4250
38 Michael Wilkinson(AUS) / Anne Wilkinson(AUS) 1937 – Alvis SA 4300
39 Donald Howard(GB) / Dominic Collins(GB) 1935 – Rolls Royce Phantom II 7700
40 Bruce Selbie(NZ) / Graham Smith(NZ) 1934 – Rolls Royce 20/25 3669
41 Lloyd Reddington(CAN) / Treacy Reddington(CAN) 1936 – Rolls Royce Phantom III 7340
42 Marius Winkelman(NL) / Victor Silveira da Conceicao(PT) 1932 – Plymouth PB3 Coupe 3212
43 Jorg Lemberg(D) / Rene Mueller(CH) 1927 – Lagonda HC 4500
44 Arthur Freeman(USA) / Roger James(USA) 1936 – Ford Deluxe Coupe 3622
45 John Dickinson(GB) / Charles McGowan(GB) 1926 – Bentley Tourer 3000
46 William Medcalf(GB) / Victoria Medcalf(GB) 1925 – Bentley Super Sports 4500
47 Martin Egli(CH) / Galleon Graetz(CH) 1933 – Lagonda M45 Tourer 4453
48 Michael Thompson(GB) / Andrew Davies(GB) 1929 – Chrysler 75 Roadster 4078
49 Bruce Washington(NZ) / Benjamin Washington(NZ) 1929 – Chrysler 75 Roadster 4078
50 Detlev Borner(ZA) / Peter Gillespie(ZA) 1929 – Studebaker President FH 5517
51 David Berks(GB) / Robert Bradfield(GB) 1929 – Stutz M Convertible Coupe 5300
52 Peter Little(GB) / David Little(GB) 1930 – Bentley 4.5 4500
53 Simon Hope(GB) / Adam Singer(GB) 1927 – Bentley Speed Six 6500
54 Wenzel Kerremans(ZA) / Anthony Watson(ZA) 1929 – Rolls Royce 20/25 3669
55 Marco Rollinger(LU) / Viviane Biel(LU) 1927 – Bentley 4.5 VDP Tourer 4500
56 Chris Lunn(GB) / Nicola Lunn(GB) 1935 – Lagonda M45 Tourer 4500
58 Alastair Caldwell(GB) / Catriona Rings(GB) 1939 – Alfa Romeo 6C 2500
59 Horst Friedrichs(D) / Gerd Lux(D) 1933 – Alvis Speed 20 2655
60 Douglas Mackinnon(USA) / Anastasia Karavaeva(RU) 1939 – Chevrolet Speedster 3600
61 Reginald Toohey(AUS) / Antoon Spanjers(AUS) 1935 – Bentley 3½ Park Ward 3699
62 Andreas Pohl(D) / Rainer Wolf(D) 1928 – Bentley 4½ VDP Tourer 4600
63 Martin Hunt(GB) / Olivia Hunt(GB) 1927 – Bentley Le Mans 4500
64 Kurt Engelhorn(D) / Raul Contreras(E) 1924 – Bentley 4.5 4500
65 Gerd Buehler(D) / Thomas Feierabend(D) 1936 – Lagonda LG45 4453
66 Richard Cunningham(GB) / James Chancellor(GB) 1934 – Lagonda M45 Saloon 4500
67 Daniel Schlatter(CH) / Rabia Schlatter-Tarzi(CH) 1934 – Bentley Open Tourer 4257
68 David Rayner(GB) / Sarah Rayner(GB) 1938 – BMW 321 Coupe 1971
69 Craig Marshall(NZ) / Nicola Marshall(NZ) 1937 – Dodge Coupe D5 3302
70 William Shields(USA) / Daniel Day(USA) 1939 – Dodge CP 3750
71 Stephen Hyde(GB) / Janet Lyne(GB) 1937 – Chevrolet Fangio Coupe 3500
72 Clive Dunster(GB) / Cecilia Agger(GB) 1938 – Chevrolet Fangio Coupe 3500
74 Rachel Vestey(AUS) / Suzy Harvey(GB) 1938 – Chrysler Plymouth Sloper 3300
75 George Bolsover(GB) / Bridget Bolsover(GB) 1939 – Chevrolet Coupe 3600
76 David Smith(CAN) / Anne Marie Smith(CAN) 1939 – La Salle Coupe 5277
77 Vilnis Husko(LV) / James Kabrich(USA) 1939 – Dodge D11 Deluxe 3600
78 Timothy Clemons(AUS) / John Chalmers(AUS) 1939 – Packard Six 4020
80 Roger Allen(AUS) / Maggie Gray(AUS) 1940 – La Salle Cadillac Coupe 5277
81 Jean Steinhauser(LU) / Anne Steinhauser-Collard(B) 1940 – La Salle Coupe Cabriolet 5280
82 David Park(GB) / Toby Kilner(GB) 1941 – Chevrolet Coupe 3800
83 Hans Geist(A) / Herbert Pinzolits(A) 1940 – Pontiac Deluxe 3650
84 Paul Bessade(F) / Michel Magnin(F) 1942 – Pontiac Convertible 3920
85 Vladimir Toufar(CZ) / Michal Popov(CZ) 1948 – Tatra 87 2960
Classics (pre 1968 type cars)
86 Lloyd Dahmen(USA) / Charles Schwager(USA) 1949 – Cadillac 62 Sedan 5420
87 Pierre-Yves Maisonneuve(F) / Jean-Paul Lamy(F) 1955 – Peugeot 203 1300
88 David Roberts(GB) / Joanna Roberts(GB) 1954 – Sunbeam Alpine 2267
89 Andrew Drinkwater(GB) / Diana Cooper(GB) 1957 – Renault 4CV 750
90 Gregory Newton(AUS) / Lesley Newton(AUS) 1952 – Holden 48-215 FX 2160
91 Dany Rollinger(LU) / Joel Rollinger(LU) 1952 – Alfa Romeo Mata AR51 1884
92 Jose Romao de Sousa(PT) / Maria Romao De Sousa(PT) 1956 – MG Magnette ZA 1798
93 Jorge Ruiz(CH) / Xavier del Marmol(B) 1955 – Rolls Royce Silver Dawn 4556
95 Marzieh Jalilpourhaghighi(IR) / Razieh Jalilpourhaghighi(IR) 1972 – Hillman Hunter-Peykan 1725
96 Ahmet Ongun(TR) / Erdal Tokcan(TR) 1967 – Anadol 1600
97 Garrick Staples(USA) / Gernold Nisius(D) 1969 – Volkswagen Beetle 1998
98 Adrian Gosden(GB) / Andrew Honychurch(GB) 1965 – Aston Martin DB5 3995
99 Pamela Mykytowych(GB) / Andrew Mykytowych(AUS) 1968 – Vauxhall Viva GT 1975
100 Steven Harris(USA) / Hayden Burvill(AUS) 1964 – Porsche 356C 1598
101 Cecil Bird(AUS) / Ross Oakman(AUS) 1964 – Holden EH 2940
102 Matthew Bryson(AUS) / Gerald Crown(AUS) 1964 – Holden EH 3150
104 Stephen Fitzgerald(IRL) / Paddy Judge(IRL) 1968 – Mercedes 280 SE 2778
105 Nicholas Pryor(GB) / Lesley Stockwell(GB) 1962 – Volvo PV544 1780
106 Garrick L. Staples(USA) / Robert McClements(GB) 1959 – Volkswagen Cabriolet 1800
107 Norman Brice(AUS) / Colin Ryan(AUS) 1954 – Austin A135 Princess 3995
Organisation Vehicles
150 Robert Dance(GB) / Roger Hunt(GB) 2006 – Toyota Hilux 2400
151 Christopher Bruce(GB) / Leeland Vincent(GB) / Susan Vincent(GB) 2010 – Toyota Hilux 2982
152 James Allen(GB) / Gerard Brown(GB) 2010 – Land Rover Discovery 2993
153 Heidi Winterbourne(GB) / Nicola Bannister(GB) 2010 – Land Rover Discovery 2993
154 Nigel Rodgers-Bannister(GB) / Philip Young(GB) 2006 – Toyota Hilux 2494
155 John-Paul Carpenter(GB) / Caroline Cook(GB) 2010 – Landrover Defender 110 2402
156 Alan Charters(GB) / George Carss(GB) 2010 – Landrover Defender 110 2402
157 Andrew Actman(GB) / Ian Langford(GB) 2010 – Toyota Hilux 2982
158 Duncan Milligan(GB) / Anthony Jones(GB) 1992 – Landrover Defender 110 2800
159 Christopher Elkins(GB) / Edward Rutherford(GB) 2000 – Vauxhall Frontera 2171
160 Thomas Wilkinson(AUS) / Samuel Jenkins(AUS) 2006 – Toyota Hilux 2494
161 Robert Kitchen(GB) / Alan Page(GB) 2006 – Toyota Hilux 2494
162 Peter Banham(GB) / Betty Banham(GB) / Robert Dominy(GB) 2004 – Nissan Navarra 2488
163 Simon Ayris(GB) / William Hitchcock(GB) 2009 – Ford Ranger 2953
164 Andrew Inskip(GB) / Boyan Manchorov(BG) 2009 – Ford Ranger 2953
165 Jiro Kawashima(JP) / Ken Matsuo(JP) / Kanako Hiramoto(JP) / Haruki Ida(JP) 1999 – Toyota Landcruiser 2690

DAY

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The Struggle to the Starting Grid…

We are all now counting down the days to the Start when the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge fires up over 100 engines and heads out to the Great Wall of China for our Start celebrations. 

 

Ahead lies 14,000 kilometres of some of the most varied roads on earth, with the Gobi Desert offering the first formidable obstacle. Back in 1907, Prince Borghese and his rivals quickly discovered just how difficult it is to “prove that man and machine can now go anywhere, with frontiers proving redundant.”

In fact frontiers, just over 100 years later, are proving just as tricky, as we have been wrestling with visas, some crews are in a nail-biting race to the wire to get all the documentation in order.

Other crews have had a hard time with getting nuts and bolts lined up. A few crews have been forced to pull out because of last minute let-downs by suppliers…and to drive a reliable car half way round the world requires a motor nicely run in, with everything well tested, and in its place. Yet, despite years of planning, with days to go to the shipping of the cars on the boat out of the UK, we had reports that a Rolls Royce engine was trying to repair a main bearing in the crankshaft. Others were equally stricken with grief, and there are at least 12 cars we know of that have missed the deadline for the ship, and are now aiming to fly the car to China.

This is not as easy as it sounds, as the customs service for the China port will only accept vehicles that are flown into the port…so, that rules out anything arriving by truck from the main airport in Beijing. So, any car flown to Beijing now has to get onto another aeroplane and fly out, and back in again, in order to arrive at the Port’s air-strip a matter of a few kilometres away.

We have lost some good people, and, some good cars in all this. One casualty was someone who last time proved to be the best prepared, and who showed a grip on the event early on, in David and Sadie Williams, who set a string of best times on the competitive Time Trial sections in their Chevrolet Fangio Coupe. That car now sits in a collection and looks immaculate, ready to roll again, but David had elected to drive a Model T Ford Raceabout of 1912, as he wanted something that offered more of a challenge. When the engine could not be got ready in time, he was one of the very first to say it was not going to be how he wanted it, therefore, he had to admit defeat and pull his entry – the Chevrolet was not an alternative, having won last time there was nothing left to prove in driving that.

Since David’s departure from the entry list, there has been a regular string of other entrants admitting to setbacks that mean they could no longer proceed. For some, getting to the Start Line has proved a formidable organisational obstacle every bit as tough as the tracks of the Gobi Desert, and it remains to be seen how many actually roll out of the car park of our hotel on the edge of Peking for the steady climb up to the Great Wall and the big send-off.

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Car Collection & a Chinese Driving Lesson

We are all here, and the mood is one of eager anticipation mixed with more than just a little excitement as after three years of planning, the Peking to Paris finally looks real. The car park of the Shangri La Hotel is filled with vintage and classic cars with numbers on the doors.

 

It has not been an easy day. Nothing went to plan and that was made worse because there was nothing we could do about it. Various announcements about fetching our cars from a central customs-bonded warehouse came and went, delayed because the police wanted to lecture us about Chinese customs of the road including a need to drive on the other side of the road…. this caused some merriment among the 25 different nations other than British who are on the entry list. After the lecture, various deadlines were missed but finally everyone got on coaches, organised for the event, but with drivers who had only a vague idea of where the cars were actually parked. Two hours later, frustrated and grumpy drivers were delighted to pounce on their cars.

Two would not start – electrical problems are quite severe with a burnt out coil for at least one car, several had flat batteries, a few more had a virtually empty petrol tank now only being asked to run on fumes as the remains of the petrol had evaporated somewhere over the Equator, amid other niggles.

Rachel Vestey ran out of petrol a few miles from the first garage, and had to wait in the sun for rescue. The team of mobile workshops then went on to work on a blue Alvis, with fuel vaporisation problems, and a yellow Porsche 356 with a broken throttle linkage… teething problems on the road near the airport that takes an hour to drive through thick Chinese traffic to the hotel has been quite a tough test for some.

Tomorrow, an easy day of packing and repacking the car, a process known as scrutineering, with the checking of safety-equipment, and documentation to sign-on. Meanwhile, out on the lawn, wine glasses are being topped up and everyone is getting to know one another. More tomorrow….

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The Final Day of Preparation…

The car park at the Shangri-La Hotel was filled with 100 rallycars receiving final adjustments today – for just a few, a case of packing a few things down, for most, a day to make final mechanical preparations, including some who needed fairly major surgery.

 

A La Salle on original 6-volt electrics was in trouble requiring a coil swop, a Lagonda had a clutch change, and perhaps the biggest job of all, major surgery to the axle of car 27, the 1927 Pontiac of Mattia Nocera from Italy, as the torque-tube prop-shaft needed changing…he knew in advance the car was problematical with a worn joint to the axle, and had shipped over a spare, the axle was taken apart at the same time.

Several cars have given concern over vaporisation, refusing to run smoothly in the Chinese sun, Nigel Gambier’s Lagonda had a simple air-lock but it was frustratingly time-consuming to hunt down.  All cars have now passed pre-rally scrutineering checks.

The afternoon was spent in briefings in the hotel, listing to the doctor’s medical preparations and support, how the sweeper-mechanics will back up the event and how the time-keeping works.

Half the rally put up their hands when asked if the question, “Is this your first timed event?”

We all dine together this evening, and have to check out of the hotel in advance of the dawn start tomorrow morning for the climb out of town up to Badeling and the Great Wall of China… at long last Peking to Paris 2010 will be on the road.

DAY

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SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2010

Beijing to Daihai

Dragons, Lions and Men on Stilts

The day began ridiculously early. Breakfast was set in the Shangri-La Ballroom especially for us and at 5.0am it was bustling with rally-drivers eager to get going.

 

Even though it was dark outside, the unlit car park was an indication of who is taking this seriously… you only had to look at who was asking the hotel porters for trolleys for piles of suitcases, and those who were swinging through the revolving doors with nothing more than a small airline bag, to get a feel of who was out to preserve their suspension and maximise their performance.

The plan was to make an early start, beat the traffic jams, and make the steady climb up to Badaling and the Great Wall of China for the start. Our sponsors, Swiss watch company Frederique Constant, had erected an arch with two giant clocks on either side, in the shadow of the Great Wall. Then the fun begins… Chinese dancers on stilts put on a display, including turning cartwheels and acrobatics on stilts, followed by Chinese dragons and lions prancing around the lined up cars.

Tim Scott took all this in his stride and kept his head down as he made final adjustments to his route book which had been transferred onto a gadget in a plastic case resting on the fuel tank of his 1922 FN 750cc motorcycle. He has never been short of company on this rally – until now. After the drop of the flag at 9:0am, he was entirely on his own… he pointed the motorcycle-and-sidecar to the other side of the car park and fired up the engine and headed out through the crowd of cheering admirers as he set about his lonesome single-handed ride across two Continents.

Taking a break to top up with fuel at a petrol station Checkpoint en-route to Daihai

He was followed by David and Karen Ayre in their 1907 seven-litre Itala, sister car of the model Prince Borghese had used to win the original Peking to Paris of 1907, and the 1914 Lancia Theta of Daniel Ward – both these two in the Pioneer Category were with us for the 100th-anniversary Peking Paris we organised three years ago.

Cymbals clashed, giant drums banged, and to the great cacophony of sound from the dancing troupe, the Peking Paris was finally, at long last, on the road.

Mongolia strides a giant plateau, and to get up there involves a long steady climb. In 1907, it was a tough test for Prince Borghese and his rivals and for some today, it was quite a struggle. We all found ourselves dodging in and out of trucks, passing through small villages with excited children cheering from the roadside, small motorcycles with as many as six live sheep tied down behind the rider, and it was not long before we hit our first patches of rough unmade road, with long strips of dirt, dust and potholes.

The Lancia of Daniel Ward stopped with a blocked fuel filter, soon sorted by Simon Ayris in the mobile workshop, and this was not the only car to experience fuel supply issues during what has been quite a warm day. The Volvo of Nicholas Pryor required carburettor adjustments after a morning of rough-running. The little Citroen saloon of Thomas Weichenberger arrived at the first Passage Control of the day run by Peter and Betty Banham requiring a head-gasket change, which he set about doing himself, and Kurt Englehorn in Bentley limped into the end of the day requiring a new clutch. The Lagonda LG45 of Richard Cunningham may be the first retirement, they have chosen to move on to the next major town of Erenhot as they have reported in that the car is unable to continue.

Our route swept through green and lush open countryside and has brought us to our lakeside hotel at Daihai. Heidi Winterbourne and Nicky Bannister were eager to set up their Time Control in the hotel lobby ready to greet competitors, but in this instance, found Car 59, the Alvis Speed 20, of Rudi Friedrichs and Lennox McNeeley already in the bar with tins of beer. The Speed 20 had lived up to its name. Lennox, who originally had planned a drive of his own in a La France, but hit snags when the engine could not be built in time, flew out to the start regardless and found himself taking up a vacancy as co-driver and navigator in the Alvis as last-minute stand-in.

PAUSE PLAY

Peking to Paris 2010 Rally Reports

Peking – Great Wall of China – Inner Mongolia – Gobi Desert – Outer Mongolia – Ulaan Baatar – Kazakhstan – Tashkent – Uzbekhistan – Samarkand – Turkmenistan – Iran – Tabriz – Turkey – Istanbul – Greece – Italy – France – Paris

Driving the Impossible!

Throughout the 2010 Peking to Paris there were regular Rally Reports direct from the front line. Those who followed the 1997 and 2007 events will remember the articles posted by the mysterious reporter Syd Stelvio… once again he was tapping out some well chosen words for us on his ancient portable typewriter.

The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 2010 – Results Reports

Reports are updated as soon as possible after each Day.
NOTE: See Explain the Results for details of Retired crew status
Explain the Results

Final Results at Paris Finish
Saturday – Oct 16, 2010
Num Crew Car Day
Total
Overall
Total
Overall Pos. Class Pos. Medal Status
Pioneer Category – pre 1921 model cars
10 Charles Bishop / Nellie Bishop Vauxhall 30/98 0:00:00 277:23:52 1 S
11 Max Stephenson / Carl Watson Vauxhall OD 23/60 0:00:00 296:16:09 2 S
4 Nicky Bailey / Janek Mamino Buick Roadster 0:00:00 336:50:14 3 S
2 David Ayre / Karen Ayre Itala 40 0:00:00 350:05:40 4 B
6 David Wenman / Elizabeth Wenman La France 0:00:00 379:20:17 5 B
7 David Royds / Anthony Royds Rolls Royce Silver Ghost 0:00:00 407:33:55 6 B
3 Daniel Ward / David Ingleby Lancia Theta 0:00:00 459:16:51 7 B
1 Tim Scott F.N. Motorcycle 0:00:00 538:30:00 8 B
9 Jeff Robinson / Rob Blake Dodge Tourer 0:00:00 Retired
8 Andrew Bailey / Mickey Gabbett Stutz Roadster 0:00:00 Retired
Vintageant Category – pre 1941 model cars
71 Steve Hyde / Janet Lyne Chevrolet Fangio Coupe 0:00:00 253:06:13 1 1 G
46 William Medcalf / Victoria Medcalf Bentley Super Sports 0:00:00 253:15:54 2 1 G
48 Michael Thompson / Andrew Davies Chrysler 75 Roadster 0:00:00 254:10:38 3 2 G
59 Rudi Friedrichs / Lennox McNeely Alvis Speed 20 0:00:00 254:12:36 4 2 G
58 Alastair Caldwell / Catriona Rings Alfa Romeo 6C 0:00:00 254:34:37 5 3 G
65 Gerd Buehler / Thomas Feierabend Lagonda LG45 0:00:00 255:48:28 6 4 G
63 Martin Hunt / Olivia Hunt Bentley Le Mans 0:00:00 258:05:18 7 3 G
53 Simon Hope / Adam Singer Bentley Speed Six 0:00:00 258:10:51 8 4 G
82 David Park / Toby Kilner Chevrolet Coupe 0:00:00 258:51:55 9 5 G
52 Peter Little / David Little Bentley 4.5 0:00:00 258:54:07 10 5 G
35 Harry Hickling / Catherine Hickling MG SA 0:00:00 259:48:43 11 6 S
32 George Howitt / Monique Rombouts Rolls Royce Phantom I 0:00:00 262:23:02 12 6 G
30 Werner Meier-Cavaliere / Arnold Meier Packard Convertible 0:00:00 263:13:08 13 7 G
27 Mattia Nocera / Andrea Mandel-Mantello Chevrolet 6 Tourer 0:00:00 267:11:54 14 7 G
72 Clive Dunster / Cecilia Agger Chevrolet Fangio Coupe 0:00:00 270:06:51 15 8 S
76 David Smith / Anne Marie Smith La Salle Coupe 0:00:00 270:57:17 16 9 B
74 Rachel Vestey / Suzy Harvey Chrysler Plymouth Sloper 0:00:00 272:58:24 17 10 S
81 Jean Steinhauser / Anne Steinhauser-Collard La Salle Coupe Cabriolet 0:00:00 273:03:44 18 11 S
61 Reg Toohey / Tony Spanjers Bentley 3½ Park Ward 0:00:00 274:51:16 19 12 S
50 Detlev Borner / Peter Gillespie Studebaker President FH 0:00:00 277:16:02 20 8 S
37 Mark Robinson / John Austen Rolls Royce 25/30 Coupe 0:00:00 277:48:58 21 13 S
84 Paul Bessade / Michel Magnin Pontiac Convertible 0:00:00 277:51:13 22 14 B
70 Bill Shields / Daniel Day Dodge CP 0:00:00 279:09:42 23 15 B
75 Bill Bolsover / Biddy Bolsover Chevrolet Coupe 0:00:00 281:48:56 24 16 B
42 Marius Winkelman / Victor Silveira da Conceicao Plymouth PB3 Coupe 0:00:00 287:24:08 25 9 B
34 Rhys Timms / John Hastie MG SA 0:00:00 294:20:20 26 17 S
78 Tim Clemons / John Chalmers Packard Six 0:00:00 297:55:47 27 18 S
17 Arthur Manners / Anna Manners Oldsmobile 30E 0:00:00 298:42:19 28 10 S
20 Peter Roberts / Colin Beasley Delage Tourer 0:00:00 306:18:32 29 11 S
41 Lloyd Reddington / Treacy Reddington Rolls Royce Phantom III 0:00:00 307:33:27 30 19 S
47 Martin Egli / Galleon Graetz Lagonda M45 Tourer 0:00:00 314:07:31 31 20 B
69 Craig Marshall / Nicky Marshall Dodge Coupe D5 0:00:00 316:11:50 32 21 B
64 Kurt Engelhorn / Raul Contreras Bentley 4.5 0:00:00 329:55:46 33 12 B
51 David Berks / Bob Bradfield Stutz M Convertible Coupe 0:00:00 332:41:45 34 13 B
24 Tim Wilkinson / Julie Wilkinson Buick 25x Phaeton 0:00:00 335:54:17 35 14 B
62 Andreas Pohl / Rainer Wolf Bentley 4½ VDP Tourer 0:00:00 336:03:08 36 15 B
36 Scott Greenhalgh / Paddy Walker Alvis 4.3 0:00:00 342:54:19 37 22 B
40 Bruce Selbie / Graham Smith Rolls Royce 20/25 0:00:00 343:39:31 38 16 B
25 Nigel Gambier / Hugo Upton Lagonda T7 0:00:00 346:07:22 39 23 B
16 Harry Jurgens / Peter van de Zilver Buick Standard Six 0:00:00 346:34:19 40 17 B
45 John Dickinson / Charles McGowan Bentley Tourer 0:00:00 348:36:54 41 18 B
19 Fritz James / Lang Wightman Ford Phaeton 35A 0:00:00 349:39:48 42 19 B
39 Alex Howard / Dominic Collins Rolls Royce Phantom II 0:00:00 350:56:46 43 24 B
18 Chris Evans / Mark Seymour Ford Model A 0:00:00 355:11:25 44 20 B
23 Rupert Marks / Simon Mackenzie-Smith Ford Model A 0:00:00 357:40:05 45 21 B
26 Claus Thulstrup / Marianne Aakirke Pontiac Tourer 0:00:00 358:33:01 46 22 B
14 Thomas Weichenberger / Gernot Woerle Citroen Rosalie 8A 0:00:00 360:18:03 47 25 S
67 Daniel Schlatter / Rabia Schlatter-Tarzi Bentley Open Tourer 0:00:00 360:22:20 48 26 B
66 Richard Cunningham / James Chancellor Lagonda M45 Saloon 0:00:00 362:35:18 49 27 B
56 Chris Lunn / Nicola Lunn Lagonda M45 Tourer 0:00:00 373:17:37 50 28 B
15 John Raker / Henry Raker Ford Model A 0:00:00 375:42:50 51 23 B
54 Wenzel Kerremans / Tony Watson Rolls Royce 20/25 0:00:00 385:16:50 52 24 B
43 Jorg Lemberg / Rene Mueller Lagonda HC 0:00:00 386:40:55 53 25 B
31 Richard Auchincloss / Karen Auchincloss Rolls Royce Phantom II 0:00:00 389:37:31 54 26 B
85 Vladimir Toufar / Michal Popov Tatra 87 0:00:00 394:33:19 55 29 B
44 Arthur Freeman / Roger James Ford Deluxe Coupe 0:00:00 398:46:24 56 30 B
29 Adrian Shooter / Barbara Shooter Ford Model A 0:00:00 428:36:01 57 27 B
60 Douglas Mackinnon / Anastasia Karavaeva Chevrolet Speedster 0:00:00 486:52:00 58 31 B
83 Hans Geist / Herbert Pinzolits Pontiac Deluxe 0:00:00 Retired
38 Michael Wilkinson / Anne Wilkinson Alvis SA 0:00:00 Retired
77 Vilnis Husko / James Kabrich Dodge D11 Deluxe 0:00:00 Retired
22 David Clements / Russel Stevenson Chevrolet Roadster 0:00:00 Retired
55 Marco Rollinger / Viviane Biel Bentley 4.5 VDP Tourer 0:00:00 Retired
68 David Rayner / Sarah Rayner BMW 321 Coupe 0:00:00 Retired
28 Maarten Hoeben / Jan Bruintjes Lagonda 3L Special 0:00:00 Retired
33 Leslie Roy / James Elliott Ford Model B Phaeton 0:00:00 Retired
80 Roger Allen / Maggie Gray La Salle Cadillac Coupe 0:00:00 Retired
49 Bruce Washington / Ben Washington Chrysler 75 Roadster 0:00:00 Retired
Classic Category – pre 1961 model cars
102 Matthew Bryson / Gerald Crown Holden EH 0:00:00 237:32:23 1 1 G
96 Ahmet Ongun / Erdal Tokcan Anadol 0:00:00 239:13:59 2 2 G
98 Adrian Gosden / Andrew Honeychurch Aston Martin DB5 0:00:00 240:12:06 3 3 G
90 Greg Newton / Liz Newton Holden 48-215 FX 0:00:00 242:30:56 4 1 G
100 Steven Harris / Hayden Burvill Porsche 356C 0:00:00 243:49:09 5 4 G
86 Lloyd Dahmen / Chuck Schwager Cadillac 62 Sedan 0:00:00 244:05:54 6 2 S
88 David Roberts / Joanna Roberts Sunbeam Alpine 0:00:00 244:20:42 7 3 G
93 Jorge Ruiz / Xavier del Marmol Rolls Royce Silver Dawn 0:00:00 248:11:58 8 4 S
97 Garrick Staples / Gernold Nisius Volkswagen Beetle 0:00:00 256:52:54 9 5 S
92 Jose Romao de Sousa / Maria Romao De Sousa MG Magnette ZA 0:00:00 298:23:06 10 6 B
106 Garrick L. Staples / Robert McClements Volkswagen Cabriolet 0:00:00 305:22:12 11 7 B
105 Nicholas Pryor / Lesley Stockwell Volvo PV544 0:00:00 307:35:15 12 8 B
91 Dany Rollinger / Joel Rollinger Alfa Romeo Mata AR51 0:00:00 309:37:31 13 5 S
99 Pamela Mykytowych / Andrew Mykytowych Vauxhall Viva GT 0:00:00 309:38:21 14 9 B
104 Stephen Fitzgerald / Paddy Judge Mercedes 280 SE 0:00:00 324:25:44 15 10 B
101 Frank Bird / Ross Oakman Holden EH 0:00:00 346:25:09 16 11 B
87 Pierre-Yves Maisonneuve / Jean-Paul Lamy Peugeot 203 0:00:00 347:27:32 17 6 B
107 Norman Brice / Colin Ryan Austin A135 Princess 0:00:00 480:24:00 18 7 B
89 Andrew Drinkwater / Diana Cooper Renault 4CV 0:00:00 491:28:00 19 8 B
95 Marzieh Jalilpourhaghighi / Razieh Jalilpourhaghighi Hillman Hunter-Peykan 0:00:00 Non Starter