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Peking to Paris – The Ultimate Driving Adventure



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Peking to Paris – The Ultimate Driving Adventure

By Philip Young
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Hardback • 250mm x 250mm • 224 pages • 456 mainly colour photos

ISBN: 9781845841201

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Features

• This is the official book of the 100th anniversary of the first trans-continental motor-rally
• Includes previously unpublished photographs of the 1907 epic
• A Detailed daily-diary of the 40-day drive from Peking to Paris through the Gobi Desert, Outer Mongolia, and across Russia to Europe
• 130 intrepid drivers, in cars ranging from a 1903 Mercedes eight-litre, and original “Great Race” Itala, to a 1967 Aston Martin
• Splendid photographs of stunning scenery as drivers take on the challenge of one of the greatest remaining wildernesses.
• The official inside story from start to finish of the greatest rally yet devised for vintage and classic cars

Description

The official record of the centennial re-enactment of a great motoring milestone. Man and machine against the elements, driving where no car has gone before … that was the impossible challenge of 1907, when a handful of buccaneering madcap motorists took up the idea of a Paris newspaper to prove that the car could now go anywhere by driving the huge distance between two capital cities – Peking to Paris. To mark the 100th anniversary of the original 'Great Race', over 100 cars set out to drive the original route used by Prince Borghese in 1907. They ranged from authentic veteran Italas and vintage Bentleys to classic Aston Martins, and pretty much everything in-between. Drivers of 26 different nationalities came together to test their wits and their cars by driving for 40 days from the Great Wall of China, across the Gobi Desert. With around 250 photos, official maps and inside information from the event organiser, this is a fascinating and colourful read for every red-blooded motoring enthusiast.

Synopsis

10,000 miles, the greatest overland drive between two capital cities ... in the wheel-tracks of the original pioneers who blazed a trail in 1907 to prove that cars could now go anywhere ... and 100 years later, a total of 130 veteran, vintage and classic cars from 26 different countries recreate the same great adventure ... pounding down the vast empty spaces of the Gobi
Desert ... Mongolia ... Russian Steppes ... racing for a bottle of champagne.

The official record of the centennial re-enactment of a great motoring milestone: the 1907 Peking to Paris race. Man and machine against the elements, driving where no car has gone before ... that was the impossible challenge of 1907, when a handful of buccaneering madcap motorists took up the idea of a Paris newspaper to prove that the car could now go anywhere by driving the huge distance between two capital cities – Peking to Paris. To mark the 100th anniversary of the original Great Race, over 100 cars set out to drive the original route used by Prince Borghese in 1907. They ranged from authentic veteran Italas and vintage Bentleys to classic Aston Martins, and pretty much everything in-between. Drivers of 26 different nationalities came together to test their wits and their cars by driving 40 days from the Great Wall of China, across the Gobi Desert. After the Gobi came ten days of wilderness, crossing Mongolia's vast plains to Russia, then on to Moscows Red Square and St Petersburg, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Germany, the survivors finally rolling into Paris for an amazing party. Even though 100 years had passed since the first groundbreaking event, today's rally enthusiasts discovered that in Mongolia, conditions of poor fuel, problems of food and water, and finding the way to distant horizons remained a challenge exactly as faced by the original pioneers. This is the inside story of the great driving efforts and human endeavour required to complete an amazingly challenging route. With 250 photos, official maps and inside information, it is a fascinating read for any motor enthusiast. The book also briefly describes the original event, including previously unpublished photographs.

Independent Reviews

"... this is a fascinating read for any motor enthusiast." – Mercedes Owner
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"This stunning book begins with the story of the first transcontinental motor rally held in 1907. Adding depth to the story and setting the stage for the second chapter are historic photographs, many never before published. The remainder of the book is a detailed, lavishly illustrated daily diary of the 100th anniversary rally, a 40-day adventure from Peking to Paris. To say this book is a must for every enthusiast of vintage automotive rallying would be a gross understatement." – Cars & Parts magazine
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"Sand and dust, sand and dust: you may be tempted to wash your hands by the end of this heavily visual account of the re-enactment last year of the 1907 road rally from Peking to Paris ... the meat of the sandwich is the colour images: lively, anecdotal and exciting ..." – The New York Times
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"Of the several books published about this epic event, this one really is the most comprehensive, touching upon many details only the organizing team would know ... the book gives a chronological, diary-like account brimming with (mostly) Gerard Brown's excellent photos of the cars, people, and landscapes." – The Flying Lady
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"Be warned, there are times you might be tempted to wear sand goggles or rain gear as you flip the pages ... the book will drag you inevitably into a delightful, long evening of reading, poring over photos and serious forehead slapping incredulity. Great fun." – Sports Car Market
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"The text and photographs capture superbly the monumental challenges of organising and participating in such an exhilarating event. This book makes a great contribution to documenting veteran, vintage and classic car rallying and this event in particular." – Rolls-Royce Owner's Club of Australia
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"It's a beautifully presented account of the re-run, written in diary form and accounting the trials and tribulations of the cars, the drivers, the officials and the locals, and visualised through hundreds of high quality photos. For any red-blooded motoring enthusiasts who are also keen on tales of great adventure, this is a fantastic read ..." – ADI News
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"Packed with over 250 beautiful action photographs in its 224 pages, and edited by Philip Young, the doyen of rally masters, you will travel along with 130 intrepid drivers making the 40-day drive through the Gobi Desert, Outer Mongolia and across Russia to Europe. Much of the text is in diary form and quite frankly this reviewer found the book hard to put down as page after page reveals the extraordinary hardships the crews endured. Highly recommended." – Classic MG
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"Relive a modern day grand adventure and thrill to such feats of daring do as retold in word and photo in this lavish 224-page book." – Gay Classic Car Group
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"Of great interest are the hundreds of terrific photos depicting the cars in full flight and under full repair. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and suspect that anyone with a sense of adventure will, too." – Australian Classic Car
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"We were blown away by the superbly reproduced action shots of photographer Gerard Brown in this book of the 2007 centenary event. But the text is good, too, and includes the 1907 original race. Perfect for rallyists of all types, even the armchair sort." – Octane
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"Just how arduous were some of the conditions is amply conveyed by Gerard Brown’s wonderful photographs. That it was clearly a grand event is shown very well in this excellent book." – The Automobile
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"... what you get is one man's view of the transcontinental undertaking but, with Young being an ex-Fleet Street man, it's well-written with superb pictures liberally dotted throughout." – Classic & Sports Car
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"If you're into grand voyages and scenery, and vintage cars, this book is unlikely to disappoint." – Autosport

   

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