The 2016 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge started Sunday, June 12th from the Great Wall outside Beijing and finished 36 days later on Sunday, July 17th with a drive into Paris to cross the finish line in Place Vendome.
The route for the 6th edition of the Peking to Paris included driving some of the world’s toughest terrain with participants required to maintain a demanding rally time-schedule. Cars were divided into two age categories — Vintageant for pre-1941 model types or the Classic category for models in production before 1975. To qualify for a place on Peking to Paris 2016, event organiser Endurance Rally Association said a car can certainly be “different” but must reasonably stand a chance of coping with the demands of the event. Cars should be prepared with high ground clearance and be capable of running on low grade petrol. A compression ratio any higher than 8:1 can lead to piston failure, which happened to cars on earlier events. Substantial underbody protection with a sump guard, tank guard, and skid plates to all vulnerable items and ideally brake pipes and petrol lines either well plated or running inside the car was also strongly advised. Additionally, tents, sleeping bags, and all spare parts including wheels must be carried by entrants.
In addition to the main report and gallery, photographer Gerard Brown also offers the following ‘Behind the Scenes’ images from the 2016 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge that bring more insight into the variety and challenges encountered on the sixth edition of the rally. We split up pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a complete view of all 158 photographs.
Peking to Paris 2016 – Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery
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