122 cars participating in Peking to Paris rally arrived in the provincial city of Tabriz in northwest Iran last week. The drivers has passed though Gorgan and Rasht before arriving in Tabriz and after a short stop continued to Turkey.
Driving the Impossible
September 10th - October 16th, 2010
Peking - Great Wall of China - Inner Mongolia - Gobi Desert - Outer Mongolia - Ulaan Baatar - Kazakhstan - Tashkent - Uzbekhistan - Samarkand - Turkmenistan - Iran - Tabriz - Turkey - Istanbul - Greece - Italy - France - Paris
In 1907 the first-ever trans-Continental motor-rally between Peking and Paris became an epic challenge between a Prince and a Pauper - Prince Borghese had the best funded entry and carefully researched the conditions of setting out on a journey where the first 5,000 miles saw no roads, at all, so, no maps and no garages. His chief rival was a fair-ground worker who until he read news of the race in a Paris newspaper, Le Matin, picked up blowing in the wind, had never even sat in a motor-car, so had no idea how to drive one.
Five cars set out from Peking, four made it to Paris to a
tumultuous welcome and world-wide fame -- they had set out to prove that
man and machine could now go anywhere, they hoped it would make borders between
countries redundant. They had left Peking with no passports - these had been
confiscated by Chinese authorities who suspected they were spies, and had no
interest in seeing the success of the motor-car having just invested in shares
in the trans-Siberian railway. (read more)
... Payvand News - 10/11/10 ... --