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China Border
The Start

Mongolia, The Gobi Desert
Syberia, Russia
The Red Square in Russia
Outside the Red Square
The Kremlin in Russia
Hotel Cosmos in Russia
The Drive to St. Petersburg
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
Sea of Finland
France Reims
Paris - The Finish
Place Vendome in Paris

Diary: Part One

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1907 Peking to Paris
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Series 3
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The Rally Association in London, England has organized the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. This event is a challenge of man and machine over treacherous terrain for 33 days of desert, rivers, cold and some of 10,000 miles will be over almost impassable roads.

D&D Classic's Involvement...
D&D Classic Auto Restoration of Covington, Ohio was asked to prepare an automobile for this Peking to Paris Challenge. The key question, what kind of an automobile would give the crew Arthur Freeman of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Roger James of Covington, Ohio the best chance of competing? After many months of discussion and looking for an automobile that would have a very good chance of making it to the finish line, we decided on a 1950 Ford Coupe. This Ford automobile was chosen because of its engine make-up, its strong body construction and its durability. The car would be tested and tried for over a month driving at least 5 hours a day and possibly up to 10 hours a day.

We would like to share with you the restoration process of the 1950 Ford Coupe we chose for our expedition. To view the entire restoration process from beginning to the car's completion, click on the following series links: | Series 1 | Series 2 | Series 3 | Series 4 |.

This is the 100 anniversary of the first race that was held in 1907. Our expedition will take through many scenic cities and countries beginning in Peking, China. The first phase of our trip will consist of a left turn at The Great Wall of China, and then the rally proceeds 8 nights in the Gobi Desert. Along the way we overnight in Erenhot on the border of Mongolia.

When we enter Russia on the 11th day (June 14th), the rally will have spent the night at the border town of Taskent and will then proceed through the towns and villages of Russia (one being where the Romanoff's were killed as Communism was sweeping over Russia in 1917). On the 22nd day of hard, grueling driving we arrive in Moscow. Then, we proceed to St. Petersburg and on to and through the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. On the 29th day of June we reach Warsaw, then motoring to Krakow, Poland, Prague in the Czech Republic. After a quick hello in Heidelberg, Germany for a rest night, we hope to stop at the great Schlumpf Bros. car museum in Moslel, France. In the home stretch, we continue to Reims and on to Paris, and the Place de concord, Champs Elysées. The most difficult part is to navigate through 6 or 7 lanes of traffic around the Arch of Triumph (Arc de Triomphe). That is the Rally.

This 1950 Ford Coupe with its crew intact will continue on to Nova Scotia and then to Anchorage, Alaska where a life long dream of driving around the world will be realized.

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