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Peking Paris Challenge 2007 - 3rd Update

June 28th in Koblenz, only 2 more days to go

With the competitive part of the rally now over, the whole structure of the event became clear. It featured 5 totally different sections:
- China was just the start, with panache and glitter but only like a Sunday afternoon car shakedown;
- Mongolia was the real thing, the cream of the cream, and the classifications at the end of those incredible 6 days really determined the rest of the event. Far too rough by everybody’s opinions, and not requiring much driving skills, just a bullet proof car (or should I say a washboard and solid rock track proof car), but at least some really competitive stuff;

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2nd Update on the 2007 Peking Paris Challenge

June 18th, day 23, a day-off in Moscow  PART II

But of course the people I meet the most are the garage mechanics and other professionals we approach for help in sorting out our car’s problems. You already met the on-the-ground radiator-fixing Mongolian “magician”. Here is a small selection of other characters:

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Peking - Paris - on the way... Report from Moscow

2nd Update on the 2007 Peking Paris Challenge

June 18th, day 23, a day-off in Moscow

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Peking - Paris - Before the start

We arrived safely in Beijing yesterday getting ready (overcoming jetlag, that is...) for the big day on Sunday. Today we got our first experience of chinese requirements: we were given plastic car number plate and driving license, both valid for a week.  I enclose 3 pictures.  We will get our cars on Saturday and I hope to send you more pictures.

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A Magnette in Canada

I snapped these photos on  21 April 2007 at our club’s 26th annual Tulip Rally. The club is the MG Car Club Northwest Centre. This event is a “gimmick rally” where the goal is to drive through the tulip growing region of the northern Puget Sound and answer as many of the truly silly questions as possible. (Example: what color is the white truck standing in the field? Answer: the truck is the White brand – the color is a rusty purple…) This year’s event was truly a stand out as there were 275 cars from 21 car clubs representing three US states and Canada. Of course, I was the only one with enough class and style to show up with a Magnette! (Zeebee brought much interest and many positive comments).

Here we are looking
east over the Shaw Islands to the Mainland and
 Mt Baker (3275 meters

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Here we are looking northwest through a very old and large Madrona tree at the southern end of Vancouver Island in British Columbia Canada. These Madrona trees are very interesting because the bark peels off to give a material very similar to paper and was used by the native tribes for this for centuries. This particular tree appears to be somewhere between 300 and 500 years old by the size – they are very slow growing and exclusive to the islands and coastal areas of the Puget Sound , Strait of Juan de Fuca and Strait of Georgia that surround the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

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Steve Hanegan