The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 1997
September 6 - October 18, 1997
The world's first ever international motor rally took place in the summer of 1907. Five pioneer motorists shipped their cars to China to race half way round the globe to prove that the motor car could provide an independent means of travel.
Drive westwards from Peking, through the Great Wall, into semi-desert landscape of Inner Mongolia. Past pagoda-roofed temples and mammoth sand-dunes that come right down to the Yellow River...
The fact that more than 80 cars from the 96 starters finished the route is widely regarded as simply incredible, considering the ordeals that these old cars and their crews had to go through to reach Paris.
The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge ended in France on October 18th 1997, after an epic 45-day journey across half the world, from Peking. These reports tell the tale 'day-by-day' from the event itself.
The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge ended in France on October 18th 1997, after an epic 45-day journey across half the world, from Peking. The event was won by a 50-year old Jeep, ahead of a gaggle or pursuing classic and vintage cars of varying ages.