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Peking to Paris crews hit Gobi desert

Published 16 June 2016

Competition in this year's Peking to Paris challenge is hotting up as rally crews reach Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. With 107 crews and cars making it to the Great Wall of China start line on Sunday, 12 June, and two days journeying through China, the first test took place after the border crossing into Mongolia.

After a night under canvas, competitors were treated to a trio of special tests that challenged both car and driver, with some cars coming off the worst, including three-time winner Gerry Crown and Matt Bryson in the Leyland P76 who suffered oil problems.

The early leaders in the Vintageant Category are New Zealander Brice Washington and his son Harry in the 1929 Chrysler 75 Roadster, while leading the Classic Category is Italians Giorgio Schon and Pierre Tonetti in the 1971 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super. Some cars have already retired including the two American LaFrances, whilst others are undergoing repair to get them back on the road for the remaining 32 days.

Fred Gallagher, ERA rally director, said, 'There’s a reason the Peking to Paris is called the toughest motor challenge in the World. Not only is the terrain challenging but the days long and the pace relentless. It’s a hard journey to Paris but the feeling when crossing the finish line will be well worth it.'

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Billed as the world’s toughest endurance rally for classic and vintage cars, the competitors will cover around 8510 miles and 11 countries before reaching Paris on Sunday, 17 July. Those who survive Mongolia will travel into Russia’s Altai Republic on Thursday, 23 June.

Full entry list here. The Wheeler Dealers 1916 Cadillac is not amongst them.

Comments

DaisyTheDog    on 20 June 2016

Glad to see the run gets to Paris on a Sunday, and not on a weekday bearing in mind the recent ruling on pre-1997 cars not being allowed inthe city.

Pre '97?

Preposterous!

Edited by DaisyTheDog on 20/06/2016 at 14:25

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