About Rally Peking to Paris
An event with a long history
The Peking to Paris motor race was originally held in 1907 between Peking and Paris on a distance of approx. 15,000 kilometers. The idea for the race came from a challenge published in the Paris newspaper ‘Le Matin’ on 31 January 1907, reading: ‘What needs to be proved today is that as long as a man has a car, he can do anything and go anywhere. Is there anyone who will undertake to travel this summer from Peking to Paris by automobile?’
There were 40 entrants in the race but only five teams ended up going ahead with shipping the cars to Peking. The race was held despite the race committee cancelling the race. There were no rules in the race, except that the first car to Paris would win the prize of a magnum of Mumm champagne. The drivers had to pass a real marathon. 60 days after the start in Peking, Italian Prince Scipione Borghese, accompanied by his co-driver Ettore Guizzardi arrived in Paris with his Itala. The other drivers reached Paris a few weeks later after many difficulties and obstacles.
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Ninety years after the first rally – 1997 – a revival of the Peking Paris rally was held taking a more southerly route through Tibet. In 2007, 100 years later, it was decided to go back to the original route.
The greatest motoring adventure of the world
The 6th Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 2016 starts from the Great Wall outside Beijing on Sunday, June 12th and finishes 35 days later with a drive into Paris to cross the finish line in Place Vendôme on Sunday, July 17th.
The Peking to Paris rally was last held in 1997, 2007, 2010 and 2013. 2016 it will extend to a total length of 13,695 kilometers, another 1,500 kilometers longer than in 2013. The rally leads across the Asian and European continent – across China, Mongolia, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and France to its grand finale in Paris. The route 2016 includes driving some of the toughest terrains with participants required to maintain a demanding rally time-schedule. The drivers will have to overcome various adventurous sections such as in northern Mongolia or exciting mountain roads in the Alps. A track without compromise, with sometimes very long and exhausting sections. A real adventure and a big challenge.
The 120 participants of the Peking Paris Motor Challenge 2016 have to transport their tents, sleeping bags and all spare parts (including wheels) in the car itself. The appearance of the vehicles matters, too. Cars should be prepared in a period-style to reflect the spirit of the rally.
The event is organized by the Endurance Rally Event Association (ERA). The legendary race enjoys cult status among all automotive fans.