The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 1997
September 6 - October 18, 1997
The culmination of four years' work...
A typhoon in the South China Seas did not hinder the arrival of the ship carrying the 94 competing cars in the 1997 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge.
The cars are now unloaded and the formalities almost complete ahead of the ceremonial start on Saturday. The first car away at 10am local time will be the 1915 Prince Henry Vauxhall driven by 72-year old Lord Montagu of Beaulieu.
Some hour and a half later the last car to leave the start ramp will be the 1964 Land Rover of Mark Klabin, John Dick II and Jorg Holzwarth, of Italy, USA and Germany respectively, for this is an international event in all respects.
The 1997 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge is organised by the Classic Rally Association (CRA), a professional, full-time rally organising body, based in Oxfordshire, UK. Speaking from his temporary office in Peking, founder of the CRA, Philip Young, said: "We have organised more than 20 top international rallies but the Peking to Paris in by far the most challenging. After four year's effort to get to this point, we have everything in place to make it a great success."