The Mission

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.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Panic Setting In!

Richard and I visited RPS today where our car is being worked on. A new back axle has been installed but we have two big problems. We need some half shafts and these have to be specially made for us, which is proving to be difficult. We also need to install some front shock absorbers that have to be custom made and this is taking longer than expected.

Otherwise the car looks good - we have a new Monit and the Garmin GPS tracker installed on the dashboard, which looks like something from Star Trek. We also have a drinks and sundries holder between the seat brackets (previously we have become dehydrated because we couldn't access the water we had on board) we also have the most beautiful headlamp grills, and a rear leaf spring mounted above the rear bumper – quite elegant. Oh and new air filters that we can take into the shower and wash clean!

Lots of photos but the technology is too slow so they will follow.