The 9,600 mile journey we've been planning for has finally begun.
After a few days in China the rally is finally underway, and we're driving anywhere between 250 – 400 miles a day alongside a great group of rally veterans as well as new competitors.
The 7th Peking to Paris Rally is a unique endurance race that has been a long-time goal of ours to do. We're always looking for the next adventure, and especially ones that involve vintage cars. Peking to Paris will take us 9,600 miles from Beijing, China to Paris, France in 36 days. We'll be crossing through 12 countries, on all types of terrain. We've allocated about 95% of our car space for extra parts and tools – anticipating the apocalypse and near-inevitable break downs. To read more on our build out of the 1968 Porsche 912 we're driving in, check out this article by Jalopnik.
This entire adventure started after posting an old photo from one of the previous Peking to Paris races as a bucket list goal. A couple of days later, Mark asked me what would it take to make it happen. That conversation was the catalyst to this adventure we're on now, beginning at the Great Wall of China. We don't really know how often we'll be able to send updates from the road – but we're excited to share as much of this race from our point of view as we can. This week we're driving through China, Mongolia and then onward to Russia.
Photo below by Gerard Brown of the Peking to Paris 2019 starting line, including a 1910 White MM Pullman Steam Car.
Here are some of the other 120 pre-1976 competitors in the Peking to Paris rally this year