The seriously tough Peking to Paris Motor Challenge has finished. Find out the results and take a look at some of the best images here.
As one of the most gruelling endurance rallies on the historic calendar, the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge is possibly one of the most challenging events anyone can undertake in a motor vehicle. Covering 11 countries, including Mongolia, Russia and Belarus – over more than 8500 miles of roads, dirt tracks and off-road terrain – it’s tough on cars, meaning that to win, teams must be prepared for anything.
This year, teams from New Zealand and Australia dominated the event. Bruce and Harry Washington from New Zealand won the overall prize for the Vintageants in their 1929 Chrysler 75 Roadster. After competing in two previous P2P events, this year was a success for Bruce.
Team mate Harry Washington, competing for the first time, was also awarded the Philip Young Cup, presented to the best performing novice of the event: ‘Each country was like its own rally. Once you crossed the border, you never knew what you were going to get. I’m so proud of my dad…and I’d go back and do it all again tomorrow.’
Mark Pickering and Dave Boddy from Australia won the Classic category in their 1973 Datsun 240Z. Mark said: ‘It is an amazing feeling to have won such an iconic event, thank you to the Endurance Rally Association for another fantastic adventure, meeting up with old friends and making new friends, seeing places in the world that you would never see otherwise. The car is tired and so are Dave and I. We’re looking forward to a well-earned rest.’
A number of other awards went to genuinely inspiring stories, such as David and Jo Roberts from the UK who won the Against All Odds award. This was for keeping their 1954 Sunbeam Alpine going, despite the various mechanical issues.
ERA Rally Director Fred Gallagher said: ‘Prince Borghese, the very first winner of the Peking to Paris, said it was driving the impossible, and I’m sure all of our crews would agree. But they arrived in Paris to a heroic welcome and should all be very proud of what they have achieved. The spirit amongst the whole rally has been fantastic with friendships forged that will last a lifetime. An amazing experience for all of us.’
For full results, visit www.endurorally.comAll images: Gerard Brown