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The Peking to Paris motor race was a race held in 1907 for automobiles between Peking (now Beijing), China and Paris, France, a distance of nearly 10,000 miles (16,000 km).The idea for the race came from a challenge published in the Paris newspaper Le Matin on 31 January 1907, that

"What needs to be proved today is that as long as a man has a car, he can do anything and go anywhere. Is there anyone who will undertake to travel this summer from Peking to Paris by automobile?"

There were forty entrants in the race, but only five teams ended up going ahead with shipping the cars to Peking. The race was held despite the race committee cancelling the race.There were no rules in the race, except that the first car to Paris would win the prize of a magnum of Mumm champagne .

Our route for 2010 drives from China, through Mongolia, then briefly into Russia before turning south west into Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. This is the historic Silk Route where there are days off in such fabled cities as Almaty, and Samarkand.

Route Outline Update (October 2009)

During the past couple of months the Rally Office has made further route surveys over the Peking to Paris route in Turkey, Europe and most recently through Mongolia. The proposed schedule shown below now incorporates the most recent changes.