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.)
Love it. The bug usually finds so little love on PH, and here it is as POTW Desktop replaced.
vintageracer0120 Nov 2010
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!
soad20 Nov 2010
That looks pretty much fantastic!
MartinM20 Nov 2010
R66STU20 Nov 2010
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.