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Friday 19th November 2010

Pic Of The Week: Peking-Paris VW

Crossed-up cabrio action shot shows there's life in one old, er, Beetle...


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First run in 1907, the first-ever trans-Continental motor-rally between Peking and Paris remains an epic challenge to this day. (Albeit there was a bit of a break between the first one and the second in 1997 when the event was reinstated.)

Still, it’s been going strong ever since, and the 2010 challenge has just been completed by a mixed bunch of competitors that includes this ‘crossed-up’ cabriolet entered by Garrick L. Staples and Robert McClements who finished the event (11th overall, and 7th in class) in Paris earlier this week.

The picture was taken – not in Paris, obviously – by photographer Gerard Brown, and we’re sharing it today because Garlick ‘really, really likes it’. (We have to pander to him, otherwise he sulks.)

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Fetchez la vache

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Love it. The bug usually finds so little love on PH, and here it is as POTW biggrin
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vintageracer01

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Here we go!

Quite a daring driving style in a Beetle Convertible for such a distance from Peking to Paris!

Thx for the fantastic picture!

soad

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That looks pretty much fantastic! thumbup

MartinM

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Superb

R66STU

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when you think about it this is a good car for such a journey.. they can be fixed with plasters and the engine still keeps going. If it breaks down its normally quite straight forward to find the issue.
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Beefmeister

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Fantastic pic!

Oddball RS

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Aaargghhhh my eyes its a Beetle..................

Stu R

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Stunning pic, epic cars. Top work PH thumbup

CliveM

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Stu R said:
Stunning pic, epic cars. Top work PH thumbup
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JJ78

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he's not hanging about is he!!??

Rumblestripe

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Loving it! Go on son!

dalla

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I think that is the most awesome thing i have ever seen.

RacingPete

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What do you mean he was parked on that gravel bank, his engine is kicking out dusty smoke and there was a strong cross-wind? smile

Great pic!

ceriw

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only 9/10 for style chutzpah and effort.
now if they had the roof down they'd be real yorkies.

ESDavey

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Typical owner of a German convertable ... roof up on a sunny afternoon. If its not raining, get it down or give it to someone how appreciates open top motoring !

Twincam16

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I'd like to see a new Beetle (and a typical new Beetle owner) attempt that. Brilliant driving in a car renowned for its awful handling - perhaps that's where it excels, I've heard it's at its best on sand with the right tyres (hence all those beach buggies and sand-rails).

TobesH

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Fantastic! Looks like the piccie was taken in 1962.

K17LER

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I've done a couple of rallies in Beetle, through deserts, mud-slides, rock falls, river crossings, you name it. They make great endurance rally cars, not just for their simplicity but for their ability make even the sternest border guard smile smile Air-cooled was a big advantage when driving through 50 degree heat in the Middle East, no air-con wasn't!

Here we are at Mount Everest






and in Pakistan




Iran


and my first Beetle, in the Sahara desert, even in standard form they are great off-roaders!


in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco






There are full write ups of the trips in the my garage section of my profile if anyones interested.



Edited by K17LER on Friday 19th November 16:49

Dr G

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And they haven't surfaced the road since!

Wet, night taxi ride with a truly suicidial cabby was both the scariest and most thrilling passenger ride of my life laugh

Davi

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numpty said:
and we’re sharing it today because Garlick ‘really, really likes it


well, at least there is one person there with taste then...
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