Peking to Paris

The Ultimate Driving Adventure

The official record of the centennial re-enactment of a great motoring milestone. Man and machine against the elements, driving where no car has gone before … that was the impossible challenge of 1907, when a handful of buccaneering madcap motorists took up the idea of a Paris newspaper to prove that the car could now go anywhere by driving the huge distance between two capital cities – Peking to Paris. To mark the 100th anniversary of the original 'Great Race', over 100 cars set out to drive the original route used by Prince Borghese in 1907. They ranged from authentic veteran Italas and vintage Bentleys to classic Aston Martins, and pretty much everything in-between. Drivers of 26 different nationalities came together to test their wits and their cars by driving for 40 days from the Great Wall of China, across the Gobi Desert. With around 250 photos, official maps and inside information from the event organiser, this is a fascinating and colourful read for every red-blooded motoring enthusiast.

Synopsis


10,000 miles, the greatest overland drive between two capital cities ... in the wheel-tracks of the original pioneers who blazed a trail in 1907 to prove that cars could now go anywhere ... and 100 years later, a total of 130 veteran, vintage and classic cars from 26 different countries recreate the same great adventure ... pounding down the vast empty spaces of the Gobi
Desert ... Mongolia ... Russian Steppes ... racing for a bottle of champagne.

The official record of the centennial re-enactment of a great motoring milestone: the 1907 Peking to Paris race. Man and machine against the elements, driving where no car has gone before ... that was the impossible challenge of 1907, when a handful of buccaneering madcap motorists took up the idea of a Paris newspaper to prove that the car could now go anywhere by driving the huge distance between two capital cities – Peking to Paris. To mark the 100th anniversary of the original Great Race, over 100 cars set out to drive the original route used by Prince Borghese in 1907. They ranged from authentic veteran Italas and vintage Bentleys to classic Aston Martins, and pretty much everything in-between. Drivers of 26 different nationalities came together to test their wits and their cars by driving 40 days from the Great Wall of China, across the Gobi Desert. After the Gobi came ten days of wilderness, crossing Mongolia's vast plains to Russia, then on to Moscows Red Square and St Petersburg, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Germany, the survivors finally rolling into Paris for an amazing party. Even though 100 years had passed since the first groundbreaking event, today's rally enthusiasts discovered that in Mongolia, conditions of poor fuel, problems of food and water, and finding the way to distant horizons remained a challenge exactly as faced by the original pioneers. This is the inside story of the great driving efforts and human endeavour required to complete an amazingly challenging route. With 250 photos, official maps and inside information, it is a fascinating read for any motor enthusiast. The book also briefly describes the original event, including previously unpublished photographs.

About the author


Philip Young has written for The Times, The Guardian, and The Observer; worked on the news desk of the Daily Mail for three years, and is generally credited with having kick-started the historic rally movement with events such as the Pirelli Classic Marathon, Monte Carlo Challenge, Around the World in 80 Days, Classic Safari, and, in 1997, the 90th anniversary of the Peking to Paris. This the largest and most adventurous event for vintage and classic cars ever organized, marking a famous anniversary.

eBook details

eISBN: 978-1-845847-19-7 • eV number: eV4719 • Published: March 2014 • Language: English • Digital edition: First Digital Edition. Base eBook price: £22.99 / $36.99 / €29.99 (vendors may set their own prices, so actual prices may vary).
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Original book info

V4120 • Hardback • 25x25cm • £29.99 • 224 pages • 456 colour and b&w pictures • ISBN: 978-1-84584-120-1 • UPC: 6-36847-04120-5. Price subject to change, P&P extra.


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