Saturday, April 10, 2010

Peking To Paris 2010

Our friend Ahmet is getting his new car ready for the "Peking To Paris Rally". He sent some photos from Istanbul where the car is being readied.

He is using a 1967 Anadol; the first volume produced Turkish car. It has Ford Cortina mechanicals. The chassis, all suspension, engine, gearbox, back axle, etc. are brand new.

Here are some details of this event.

In 1907 the first-ever trans-Continental motorcar Rally between Peking and Paris became an epic challenge. Five cars set out from Peking, four made it to Paris to a tumultuous welcome and world-wide fame...they had set out to confirm that man and car could now go anywhere, they hoped it would make borders between countries redundant. They had left Peking with no passports – these had been confiscated by Chinese authorities who suspected they were spies, and had no interest in seeing the success of the motorcar having just invested in shares in the trans-Siberian railway.

Now to the relative current time.

The second Peking to Paris was not held until the summer of 1997, with the first-ever rally for classic and vintage cars to cross China, and the first-ever rally to cross Tibet...and camping at the foot of Mount Everest. They also cracked open the border between Tibet and Nepal. The border at Friendship Bridge between Tibet and Nepal had been closed for 40 years since it was slammed shut by Chairman Mao. However, in 1997 the Peking to Paris organizers negotiated the re-opening, and it remains open today. They drove on into India and Pakistan, and were the first rally to cross Iran since the 1977 London to Sydney Marathon. Of 96 cars that set out, all but nine made it to the celebrations in Place de la Concorde.

The 2010 event will go through places such as; the Gobi Desert, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Greece and Italy. The event dates are Sepember 10 to October 6.
Check out the Anadol

A body off rebuild.

I look forward to getting updates during the Rally to share.

Here is a link to more info about the event:

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