The last few weeks have resulted in the fewest number of miles I have driven in over two decades. I am going through some serious withdrawals and possibly some minor depression. At first I went crazy thinking I would have a ton of time to go down the laundry list of project car things. The reality is that I have a pile of parts for each of my cars and not a single wrench has been turned since I became a homeschool teacher.
When I get out I want to take a long drive. My normal long drive involves hopping over to the San Francisco Bay Area’s most popular driving road: Skyline Boulevard. The route involves forking at La Honda Boulevard and across Pescadero Creek Road out to the coast. The drive I feel like taking starts in Beijing, takes the left fork in Siberia, and out to Western Europe.
The Peking to Paris Rally was first held in 1907. At the time, the Qing dynasty still existed and it would be four decades before the oppression of Chinese on their own soil led to the China we know today. Fuel was sent out ahead of time on camels and you wouldn’t exactly call their path roads. Cars were new at the time so you can imagine the shock and awe of a local in rural Mongolia witnessing a motorized vehicle go by. It was never meant to be a race, but we all know the first car race happened as soon as the second car was produced.
The challenge of being on the road for more than a month and geopolitical strife made the Peking to Paris route a myth rather than motorsport. But a century later, 126 cars gathered in Beijing to run the original route. Even more impressively 106 cars finished the 36 day and nearly 8,000 mile journey. The rally has now run the route tri-annually, with 105 entrants at the starting line last year. The fact that there are more than 5 people that possess both enough financial stability to galavant across Eurasia for more than a month and lack general common sense gives me hope for human kind.
The best part? This is a classic car rally. I could probably build a modern broverlander with a 0% APR deal tomorrow that could survive the route without much fuss. A Peking to Paris car must be older than 1975 model year. Entrants in 2019 ranged from a tricycle to a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. My weapon of choice is definitely a Safari 911.
Your Our last chance to sign up for the 2022 Peking to Paris Rally is in 8 days. If someone else is crazy enough to do this with me, I might be crazy enough to risk my wife’s reaction to me buying another car.
daily automotive addiction.