2013 Peking to Paris Rally Is Underway

The 2013 Peking to Paris Rally is underway.  This major rally started on May 28, 2013 in Beijing, China or as it was previous know – Peking.  The rally will end on June 29th in Paris, France after an exciting journey of about 7,600 miles over some very challenging roads.

Peking Paris Route 2013

2013 Peking To Paris Rally Route

About 100 cars are taking part in the rally.  I have included some STR/AFD/Getty Images photos that were taken at the start of the 2013 Peking to Paris Rally.  The 1917 American La France driven by the team of Ingo Strolz/Werner Gassner was the first car on the road at the start of the rally.

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A 1917 American La France Starts The 2013 Peking To Paris Rally

Trish and Robert van Zyl in the 1948 Chevrolet shown below have had some difficulties in the early days of the rally, but looked great at the start.

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1948 Chevrolet

There are several Mercedes-Benz cars in the rally.  Based on previous long distance rallies, Mercedes-Benz cars are a good choice for these type of rallies.

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Keith and Norah Ashworth Entered This 1968 Mercedes-Benz 230 Sedan

The light and tire on the roof of the Volvo shown below is indicative of a car that is maximizing the available space in a long distance rally.  This car is driven by Ludovic Bois and Julia Colman.

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A 1969 Volvo Amazon Takes On The Peking to Paris Rally

The 1964 Mercury Park Lane convertible set a fast time in the first time trials, but unfortunately this car, driven by Jan Pettersson and Catherine Ocknah, is now retired from the rally.

In the background of the photo below is the 1965 Ford Mustang entered by Brian and Chantal Shields of the United States. 

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The Big Mercury Is One Of The Fastest Cars In The Peking to Paris Rally

Apparently the BBC is filming this rally.  As a result, I am hoping that I will be able to see the film on television later this year.  A few years ago, I was able to watch a film of the 1997 Peking to Paris Rally, which was very interesting.  I can’t be sure now, but I think that it was the History Channel that showed the film of the 1997 Peking to Paris Rally.

I will be following this rally and I will have a follow-up post on the American and Canadian teams/participants in the rally.

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