The toughest ever Peking to Paris proves Australians do have what it takes as Crown and Bryson are victorious by 120 seconds.
The 7th edition of one of the last great endurance motor challenges, that follows in the wheel tracks of its pioneers, finished with a flourish.
Crown & Bryson By Two Minutes
After 8500 miles (13680 km) of driving adventure the greatest of endurance rallies has reached its terminus in Paris for the 7th time.
Gerry Crown and Matt Bryson have walked away as overall winners. This is their third victory, making it a ‘Triple Crown’ in an event they have really made their own.
Rally legend Crown, 87, had this to say:
“Our third win in the Leyland was the toughest yet but it was also very enjoyable. What we really needed though was a few more 87-year old’s in the field to keep me company. I must also congratulate the organisers for keeping the spirit of the rally alive, it’s the Blue Riband event of the historic world and it needs to be tough”
Toughest Peking to Paris Yet
Regardless of their place in the standings though, all who have reached their journeys end at Place Vendome, Paris, have achieved something great. Travelling halfway around the world, in vintage and classic cars, traversing some of the toughest roads the worlds largest landmass has to offer is no small feat.
All crews battled fatigue, the weather, mechanical issues and the emotional stress of completing such an epic endeavour against the clock.
The endurance element is of course what all the competitors come to pit themselves against, and of this Mark Trowbridge (USA), competing in a 1968 Volvo P1800 was keen to share his thoughts.
Mark Trowbridge said:
“We had some really gruelling days, but we recovered and are fired up again, lots of fun, fast and flying around a lot.”
Graham Goodwin – Marina Goodwin
Artur Lukasiewicz – Bill Cleyndert
Keith Ashworth – Norah Ashworth
Gerry Crown – Matt Bryson
David Danglard – Susan Danglard
Chris Bury – Tjerk Bury
Peking to Paris in Numbers
Distance Travelled: 8500 Miles/ 13680 km
Number of Countries Crossed: 12
Number of Time Zones: 8
Duration of Rally: 36 Days
Number of Entries: 106
Nationalities Represented: 20
Oldest Vehicle: 1907 Contal Mototri Tricycle