Peking To Paris Co-Driver Diary Is An Appropriate Addition To My Library

This week I added a very useful book to my library.  It was just within the last week that I learned that I was confirmed as the navigator for Michael Eatough in the 2019 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge.  Therefore when I saw a new book about being a co-driver in the Peking To Paris rally I just had to get it.  This book, “Peking To Paris – Diary Of A Co-Driver” written by Mark Bramall arrived just a couple of days ago.  The cover of this book is shown below.

New Book About The Peking To Paris Motor Challenge

The author of this book, Mark Bramall, competed as a navigator in the 2016 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge in a 1975 Peugeot 504Ti.  I have not had time to do much more than look at the book due to its recent arrival and my busy schedule, but it certainly looks like it will be very helpful to me.  The concentration of the story of one team will provide some specific and useful details and insights.  The book is available through Amazon.

This book will supplement other books that I have about the Peking To Paris Motor Challenge.  The best of these general books about the Peking To Paris Motor Challenge are the official books of the Peking To Paris that have been written by Gerard Brown and the late Philip Young.  I have a copy of their official book of the 2013 Peking To Paris – “The Wild Roads”.  It is full of wonderful photos that give you idea of what to expect during the rally.

The Official Book of the 2013 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge

There is an official book of the recent 2016 Peking To Paris written by Gerard Brown that I have seen, but I have not acquired this book at this time.  It looks like another great book.  Gerard Brown is an excellent photographer and it is reflected in these high quality books.  These official Peking To Paris books are available through the store of the Endurance Rally Association (ERA).  To access the ERA and their store click on the following link.

www.endurorally.com

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Accepted North American Entries Into The 2017 Mille Miglia

The organizers of the 2017 Mille Miglia have announced the list of accepted cars for the 2017 Mille Miglia rally.  This is one of the most prestigious rallies in the world and it is very difficult to have an entry accepted.  Just getting accepted is quite an accomplishment.

Among the cars that were accepted this year were a number of North American entries, mostly American.   In some cases North Americans have teamed with people from other parts of the world.  The following is a list of accepted North American participants in the 2017 Mille Miglia.

North American Entries In The 2017 Mille Miglia

Driver Navigator Car Year
Paul Gould Robert Dean Alfa Romeo: 6C 1750 Gran Sport Zagato 1931
Martin Gruss Martin Brogard Alfa Romeo: 6C 1750 Gran Sport 1933
William H. Binnie Adam S. Binnie Alfa Romeo: 8C 2300 Monza 1933
Kenneth Shanley Enrique Barreto  ( C ) Alfa Romeo: 1900 Super 1955
David Atcherley Richard Poole (GB) Alfa Romeo: Giulietta Sprint Veloce 1956
Robert Blakemore(CDN) TBA Aston Martin: 2 Litre Speed Model 1936
Pablo Stalman Fernando Zinny (RA) Bugatti: Type 40 Gran Sport 1929
Oriol Vilanova (E) Shawn Till Chrysler 75 1929
Donald Behrens Maximilian Behrens Cisitalia 202 S MM Spider 1947
Guy Gervais (CDN) Louis Grenier (CDN) Citroen DS19 1957
Stephen Bruno TBA Ferrari 250GT Boano 1956
Theo Bean, Jr. Ann Bean Ferrari 500 Mondial 1954
John Devine Alan Matthews (GB) Ferrari 500 TR Spider Scaglietti 1954
John Barrett Lindsay Barrett Fiat 1100/103 Berlina 1953
Luca Pascolini (I) Joseph Bastianich Healey 240 Silverstone E-Type 1950
John Houghtaling Franco Valobra Jaguar XK120 OTS Lightweight 1952
Stephen Brauer TBA Jaguar XK120 OTS Roadster 1950
Ted Marlow Kent Thirley (GB) Jaguar XK140 SE Drop Head Coupe 1955
Theo Bean Patrick Bean Kurtis Chrysler 500X 1957
Richard Lisman TBA Lagonda M45 Rapide 1935
Thomas Sargeant Mary Sargeant Lancia Appia GTZ 1957
Jeff Lotman Brian Grozier Lincoln Capri 1954
Douglas Hampson (GB) John Hampson MG K3 Magnette 1934
Ananda Covindassamy (F) Ranga Covindassamy OSCA MT4 1450 2AD 1953
Balaji Ramamoorthy Ashley Ramaamoorthy Porsche 356 1953
David Wells Marian Walecki (GB) SIATA 300 BC 1952
William Sheffler Elisabeth Scheffler SIATA Daina GS Stabilimenti Farina 1952
Donald Murray TBA Zagato SIATA 1400 Sport 1953
Spencer Croul Natalie Croul Zagato Fiat 8V 1953
David Graus TBA Frazer Nash Targa Florio 1951

I want to wish those competitors all the best in the Mille Miglia.  North Americans don’t usually place well in this event and it would be satisfying to see an North American entry do well in this year’s Mille Miglia.

For a complete list of the accepted cars for the 2017 Mille Miglia, for on the attached file below:

List Of Accepted Cars 2017

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Check Out The Bromyard Speed Festival On April 2, 2017

After this year’s Rallye Monte Carlo Historique I had the rather unique opportunity to spend some time on a yacht in the Monaco harbour.  Dan Allven, who drove the Volvo that we competed with in the rally had just recently purchased a 130-foot long wooden yacht which was tied up in harbour.  This boat which was built in 1930, is just like a piece of furniture.  It is lovely boat!  Spectacular really.

Dan Allven’s Lovely Wooden Yacht

Joining us for breakfast, the day after we finished the rally was Jeremy Holden, the owner of Holden Vintage & Classic.  Holden Vintage & Classic is a supplier of all things related to classic and vintage cars in Bromyard, England.

Jeremy is a great fellow and car enthusiast to the core.  To see the range of products that can be bought at Holden Vintage & Classic, check out their website by clicking on the link below.

www.holden.co.uk

For the most part, if you can’t get it at Holden’s then you just don’t need it.

Jeremy Holden On Dan Allven’s Yacht

Dan and I first met Jeremy during the 2016 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique in which Jeremy was also competing in a ex-works Rootes rally team Sunbeam Tiger.  This car is shown below at the 2016 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique.

Jeremy Holden’s Ex-Works Rootes Rally Team Sunbeam Tiger At the 2016 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique

This year Jeremy was staying relatively close to Monaco at the time of the rally so he came over to Monaco to watch Dan & I finish the rally in the middle of the night.  Jeremy is a great supporter of motor sports and he is a sponsor of rallying through his involvement with Rally Round, a purveyor of classic rallies.

One of the other events that Jeremy is heavily involved with is the Bromyard Speed Festival which going to be held on April 2, 2017 in Bromyard.  While we were on Dan’s yacht we thought that it would be fun to get a picture of the banner for the Bromyard Speed Festival on Dan’s yacht to show that interest in this speed festival extends all the way to Monaco.  The picture below shows one of the photos that we took.  That is me on the left side of the photo.

Don’t Miss the 2017 Bromyard Speed Festival

I understand that there will be some significant cars at the Bromyard Speed Festival, so be there if you can.  And say “Hi” to Jeremy for me.

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I Will Be Competing In The 2019 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge!

This week has been very exciting for Michael Eatough and myself.  We found out that Michael’s entry into the 2019 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge has been accepted by the Endurance Rally Association!  This is the first step in a very exciting adventure!

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2019 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge

The 2019 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge will take place from June 2 to July 7, 2019, obviously starting in Peking/Beijing and ending in Paris.  The route will pass through a number of countries – China, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belaurus, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, and France.

The general route is shown below.

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General 2019 Peking To Paris Route Outline

I will be the navigator for Michael Eatough in his stout 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230S sedan.  This will be a long and difficult route and I am confident that Michael’s Mercedes-Benz has been prepared as a tough rally car.  And that was before he knew that the car would be in the 2019 Peking To Paris Motor Challenge.  The car will be assessed for further modifications for the Peking To Paris event – so the tough will get tougher.

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Michael Eatough’s 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230S In The 2015 Trans-America Motor Challenge

I will have the chance to work with Michael in a rally setting later this year when Michael and I will be competing as a team in the upcoming 2017 Paris To Prague rally.  This will give me the opportunity to use Michael’s Monit and GaugePilot rally equipment.  Of course, GPS navigation will be needed, especially in the vast and, in some cases, roadless Mongolian deserts and plains.

Obviously I will have much more about this event over the next two years.

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Rally Memorabilia From Ontario Rallies In The 1970s

I posted some photos not too long ago that were sent to me by Peter Ousey of London, Ontario, Canada.  Those photos dealt with the 1978 Criterium du Molson in the Montreal, Quebec area.  The photos in this post are related to some other rallies that Peter took part in during the 1970s in Ontario.

The photo below shows Peter as the navigator for Gary Powe in a Mini Cooper in the 1975 International Canadian Winter Rally.

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Peter Ousey, Navigator, With Gary Powe At The Start Of The 1975 International Canadian Winter Rally

Below is the Finishers Medal that was presented to those who were listed as finishers in the 1975 International Canadian Winter Rally.

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Finishers Medal Rally From The 1975 Canadian Winter Rally

The portion of the route that is shown in green represents stages that were run high speeds.  Some of those stages were also run in reverse.  My hometown, Shelburne, Ontario is just at the left side of the map shown on the medal.  Some of those roads near Creemore, Mansfield, and Angus I know quite well from my high school days.

This Finishers Medal that Peter Ousey has is much different in style from Canadian Winter Rally Finishers Medals that I have collected.  A couple of typical Canadian Winter Rally Finishers Medals from my collection are shown below.

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Older Style Finishers Medals From The Canadian Winter Rally

I notice that in the photo of Peter and Gary starting out in the 1975 International Canadian Winter Rally that their Mini Cooper is not fitted with the Canadian Winter Rally license plates that were issued for years.  An example of one those plates that I have is shown below.

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Typical License Plate From The Canadian Winter Rally

Peter Ousey also sent me a picture of some badges from the Rally Of The Tall Pines.  This stage rally, organized by the Maple Leaf Rally Club is held near Bancroft, Ontario and is still on the CARS Rally Championship schedule.

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Badges From The Rally Of The Tall Pines

I competed in this rally once as co-driver for Keith Kreisler in his Subaru WRX in 2005.  Keith is a great driver and he had a fast car.  About halfway through the rally we had worked our way up to 5th Overall, just behind the factory sponsored teams.  Then we had tire problems on one stage and Keith literally drove the wheels off the car.  The wheels were just stubs.  By far the worst ride that I ever had in any car was being dragged along a gravel road while getting a tow from Ross Wood.  I’ll never forget the noise of that ride.

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Other Rally Dash Plaques

Peter also sent me a photo of some dash plaques from other rallies that took place in Ontario In the 1970s.

My thanks again to Peter Ousey for sending me these photos and allowing me to share them.

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2017 19 Capitales Historico Ends

The 2017 19 Capitales Historico rally ended and it ended well for the Ceretta brothers, Paulo and Alejandro.  Paulo reported that they finished first in their category, Category F and fifth in the standard general results.  The picture below shows Alejandro and Paulo in the center of the awards stage with their trophies held high.

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Alejandro and Paulo (black t-shirts) Hoisting Their Trophies

The picture below provides  closer look at both of the trophies that they won.

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Trophies Won By The Ceretta Brothers At the 2017 19 Capitales Historico

My other friend from New York who was competing in the 19 Capitales Historico, Fernando Denis, did not fare so well.  Fernando was driving his BMW 2002tii with his Dad doing the navigation. The inset on the picture below shows Fernando with his Dad.  His Dad watched this rally many years ago and recently has finally got to compete in it with his son.

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Fernando Denis’ 1974 BMW 2002tii

Fernando and his Dad were forced to withdraw from the 19 Capitales Historico on Day 5, the last day of the rally, due to ignition problems.

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Fernando Denis Retired Due To Ignition Problems

I was pleased to see that the winning car was one of my favorite cars, an IKA Torino.  As I have noted many times before, this car was based on the mid-1960s Rambler American.  The winning car is shown below.

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The Winning Car Was An IKA Torino

Because of the participation of Paulo and Fernando from the USA, the American flag was displayed among the featured flags at the 19 Capitales Historico.  Most of the entries came from either Uruguay or Argentina.  There were surprisingly few entries from Brazil, given the proximity between Uruguay and Brazil.

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The American Flag Was On Display At The 19 Capitales Historico

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1978 Criterium du Molson Rallye

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been sent some photographs by Peter Ousey of London, Ontario about some rallies that he did in Ontario and Quebec in the 1970s.  One of the events that he took part in was the Criterium du Molson that took place in Montreal and Mont Tremblant area of Quebec in September 1978.

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Memorabilia From The 1978 Criterium du Molson

Peter was the co-driver along with Gary Powe in a Datsun 510 in this international rally that was a rare occasion when a North American rally was part of the World Rally Championship.  The Datsun 510 was a very popular rally car in North America in this era.

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Gary Powe/Peter Ousey In A Datsun 510

The pictures of the competitors below appear to be at a location described in “World Rallying 1” by Hugh Bishop and Martin Holmes as the first stage “an artificial one on a municipal snow-tip, was tackled four times for the benefit of spectators, a hundred or so of whom showed up on the Thursday evening for the first two runs.  There were no more than twenty on the Friday for the second two runs.”  Not very flattering.

The photo below shows John Buffum/Doug Sheppard in a Triumph TR7 with the V8 engine.  The rally did not end very well for them as they were later disqualified for not wearing a helmet at one point.  More about this incident is in the write-up in “World Rallying 1” that I have attached to this post.

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John Buffum/Doug Sheppard In A Triumph TR7 With The V8 Engine

The Saab 99 EMS shown below is interesting.  Not surprisingly the driver is Stig Blomqvist, but the co-driver is “Vicki”, who was John Buffum’s co-driver for many years. This car also DNF’d after 6 stages with gearbox issues.

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Stig Blomqvist/”Vicki” In A Saab 99 EMS

The Criterium du Molson was won by Walter Rohrl/Christian Geistdorfer in a Fiat Abarth 131 with a large gap of about 8 minutes over his team-mate, Markku Alen also in  Fiat Abarth.

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Walter Rohrl/Christian Geistdorfer In A Fiat Abarth 131

The picture below shows Timo Salonen sitting on top of the Avis van between stages at the Montreal snow dump.  Fiat had a very strong team at this event.  Fiat team driver Markku Alen finished second in this rally and went on to win the World Rally Championship in 1978 and Fiat was the world championship manufacturer in rallying that year.

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Timo Salonen On Top Of The Van

The Fiat team of Timo Salonen with Erkki Nyman as the co-driver is shown below.  They did not finish the rally, dropping out after 9 stages with differential problems.

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Timo Salonen/Erkki Nyman Later DNF’d

Peter Ousey sent along the follow results which appear to be those that were made available to the competitors.  It appears that Peter won a little cash!

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1978 Criterium du Molson Results

The following is an abbreviated list of the retirements from the Criterium du Molson.

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Retirements From Criterium du Molson

To see the complete write-up about this rally in “World Rallying 1” click on the following attached file:

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The rally summary results also as published in “World Rallying 1” can be seen by clicking on the following attached file:

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I want to thank Peter Ousey for sending these photographs to me.  Peter also sent me some other photos which I will be posting in the future.

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