Cebr is proud to be sponsoring its founder and Deputy Chairman Douglas McWilliams and Director Mike McWilliams in their participation in the 7th Paris Peking Motor Challenge.
Known as the toughest classic car endurance rally in the world, the route of the rally commemorates the original 1907 challenge by the French newspaper Le Matin. It was won by the Italian Prince Borghese with the journalist Luigi Barzini (the father of the better known journalist of the same name).
June 16, 2019At last we have made it to Novosibirsk
June 14, 2019The car runs properly for the first time on the rally, we reduce the population of butterflies and are greeted like conquering heroes when we arrive in Novokuznetsk.
June 12, 2019Sorry for the gap. We have been in the Mongolian desert. This has to be sent by phone so is short!
June 7, 2019It’s a rest day so Mike gets a welcome lie down….
June 6, 2019Driving in the desert, Mike fixes our car and helps with few others, an enormous statue of Genghis Khan and Ulan Bator’s traffic jams
June 4, 2019The difficulties of getting into Mongolia
June 4, 2019We have breakfast in a revolving restaurant, get lost, race round a dirt track and see dinosaurs
June 3, 2019Traffic jams, unusual methods of transport for ponies, wonderful scenery and arrive at one of the world’s fastest growing cities
June 1, 2019China Daily Article – Classic, vintage cars roll out for epic Beijing to Paris endurance drive
June 1, 2019At last we collect our cars, meet an old friend, stick on stickers, pass scrutineering and brief China Daily
May 31, 2019Shopping for food and octane enhancer, being lectured by the chief of traffic police and a rather wonderful duck supper…
May 29, 2019Telling what is happening in an economy from an economist’s observations…Ianthe goes tobogganing…meanwhile rally fever builds up in the hotel….
May 29, 2019We visit the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace and see the preparations for the 70th anniversary of the revolution
May 28, 2019Peking to Paris Fundraiser
The route follows the original 1907 route from Beijing across the Gobi desert to Ulaanbaatar. It then goes on to Novosibirsk in Siberia before entering Kazakhstan – a first for the 2019 rally. From Astana, the rally goes west to Kazan in Russia, and then on to St Petersburg. The route then heads into Finland before a ferry crossing from Helsinki to Tallinn in Estonia, before travelling through Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany toward the destination in Paris. Those that get that far normally stop in Rheims, the penultimate destination, to purchase supplies for the victory celebration in Paris.
Cebr is sponsoring participation in the rally because of its association with Cebr’s transport work. Cebr is the world’s leading expert on the economic impact of transport projects and the rally route covers roughly the route of the Silk Road/Belt project which is almost certainly the largest transport infrastructure project of the 21st Century.