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Austin Mini tackles the Peking to Paris rally
After their primary car was not ready, two UK drivers are taking a 1972 Austin Mini on the arduous Peking to Paris Motor Challenge
This year’s Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, billed as the world’s toughest endurance rally for classic and vintage cars, will feature a Mini for the first time in the event’s history.
The 1972 Austin Mini 1000 was entered as a last minute replacement for Car 34 after Paul and Chris Hartfield’s pre-war Packard wasn’t ready in time.
Concerned for the Packard, they were advised against taking it on the grueling 36-day 8,500-mile event that journeys through some extremely difficult terrain.
Needing a car in a hurray to meet the shipping deadline, the best option was to buy the Mini that had prepared the 2015 Marrakesh event.
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The Mini 1000 has a 1,300 cc engine and uses a 1991 body shell, sprayed in its original colour.
Not bad considering it was built in two weeks.
The sixth Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, organized by the Endurance Rally Association, will begin this Sunday (June 12) as 110 crews cross the start line at the Great Wall of China in Beijing.
Competitors will cross eleven countries including Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, Russia and Belarus before entering Europe to reach the finish line in the centre of Paris on Sunday 17th July.
More crews are taking part in the 2016 outing than ever before, with 50 cars dated pre-1942 in the Vintageant class and 60 in the Classic class dated pre-1977.
For more details including the full route itinerary and the latest updates, visit www.endurorally.com.\