Classics set to embark on brutal enduro

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The gruelling 7500-mile Peking to Paris Rally will set off from China on 28 May and finish in France on 29 June.

Exactly 100 cars from 26 countries will take part in the Endurance Rally Association event, with the varied entry including a 1913 Ford Model T, a 14.5-litre 1917 LaFrance and a 1982 Renault 4.

From Peking, the route passes through the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. The longest one-day stage is the epic 415-mile route from Novosibirsk to Omsk in Russia.

From there competitors journey on through the Ukraine, Slovakia, Austria and Switzerland, before reaching France.

The rough roads on the trip are well suited to pre-war cars with their greater ground clearance. The event has attracted five Bentleys and three Rolls-Royces in the oldest group for vintage cars (1920-’31).

Other participants have opted for more modern vehicles in the form of two Porsche 356s, a VW Beetle and a rare 1958 Renault Frégate.

The event is to be filmed by CBS News, while the BBC’s World Service will cover the start at the Great Wall of China and the finish in Place Vendôme, Paris.

For more information visit the Endurance Rally Association’s website.

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