The 2016 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge Is Underway

The 2016 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge is now underway.  Calling this event a “challenge” is right on target as the competitors will cover 8,500 miles (14,000 kilometres) in 35 days.  And many of these miles will not be easy miles.  The route of the 2016 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge is shown below.

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Route Of The 2016 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge

Nigel Cousins of Hambly Industries is in Peking (Beijing) for the start of this event.  Hambly Industries are the developers and manufacturers of the GaugePilot rally computer.  Nigel sent me the pictures below of the start of the Peking To Paris Motor Challenge and some of the cars in this event that are fitted with their GaugePilot rally computer.

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Pre-Start Activities

One of the more popular type of car that is being entered into the Peking To Paris Motor Challenge is a late 1930s American sedan.  These cars have several characteristics that make them attractive for this event.  The cars are sturdy and simple.  They have room to carry luggage, tools, and spares.  In addition, these cars fit very well into the Vintageant Class for cars manufactured between 1932 and 1941.  Nigel sent along some pictures of some of these American sedans.

Typical of these cars is the 1939 Ford shown below.  These cars can have good power once the Ford V8 engine gets some modification.  This car will be crewed by the British duo of Nigel Lee and Richard Turner.

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Car #32 – 1938 Ford Model 62

All of these cars have been very well prepared for the rigors of the Peking To Paris.  The modifications to the 1939 Chevrolet shown below include having the exhaust routed above the rear fender on the driver’s side.  This will help when fording some of the rivers that will be crossed.  This Chevrolet has an inline, overhead valve 6-cylinder engine.  The in-car crew is made up of Philip Lindsten and Charles Cook.

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Car #44 – 1939 Chevrolet Coupe

A less common make of car in these long distance rallies is Pontiac.  Car #48 is a 1940 Pontiac Coupe.  This 1940 Pontiac has a 222.7 cubic inch flathead straight six-cylinder engine that put out 85 horsepower in its original configuration.  The crew of this Pontiac is Andrew Laing and Ian Milne.

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Car #48 – 1940 Pontiac Coupe

One very British car entered in the Peking To Paris Motor Challenge is Car #59, a 1960 Morgan Plus 4.  This car is shown below with a stylish paint color combination.  This British car has a Norwegian crew of Bjorn Schage and Trond Brathen.

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Car #59 – 1960 Morgan Plus 4

Nigel sent along a picture of one of the American entries.  Car #91 below is a 1957 Chevrolet, which is the quintessential American car.  This car is appropriately fitted with a 283 cubic inch V8 engine.  The crew is made up of Jeff Urbina from the USA with New Zealander, Chris Pike, doing the navigation.

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Car #91 – 1957 Chevrolet

Obviously this is a long event and I hope that all of the competitors are able to make it to Paris.  Just to finish the 2016 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge will be quite an achievement.  For more information about this rally and to follow the adventures of the various crews check out the Endurance Rally Association event website at http://www.endurorally.com/pages/the-peking-to-paris-motor-challenge-2016

If you have any comments or questions about this post, then leave a comment below or send me a private email at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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