The Peking to Paris Rally is a recreation of the 1907 challenge issued by Le Matin, "Is there anyone who will undertake to travel this summer from Peking to Paris by automobile?"
The 2016 version will follow a route of 13,695 Km (8,510 miles) and take 35 days. We are travelling in Rhubarb and Custard, a 1936 Buick. We know nothing about cars or rallying.
Saturday, 7 February 2015
Our car is located at RPS in Witney, near Oxford whereas our base is North London so the question arises of how to get the car to York for the start of the rally and back to Witney from Scotland at the end.
After much discussion and some research we've decide to have the car transported to York and from Gleneagles. All the other options are full of problems. Richard has obtained various quotes and the best firm seems to be CARS Europe who will charge £1000 +VAT for the round trip. They use rather luxurious fully enclosed transporters and insure the car for up to £20m, which should be more than enough!
Friday, 6 February 2015
So far RPS has spent £10,000. It looks like another £10,000 before they are finished. Merde!
After this visit I sent the mechanical checklist from "How to Win A Rally" to the team at RPS to cross check that they had picked up on some of the simple but crisis averting ideas in Alan Smith's book (coconut car mats that can double up as grips for getting you out of sand - I would never have thought of that, or that you tie them to the rear bumper so that you don't drive off and leave them behind). I think there were a few new ideas for RPS and many that cost only a few pounds.