Jun 22 2013





Business Insider is reporting on "The Great Classic Car Race" that started in May in Beijing and ends in Paris on June 29. The race has elements of the movie 'It's A Mad, Mad World'. The site describes the race:

On May 28, 96 classic cars left Beijing for an epic race that will take them all the way to Paris. It's the 5th Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, one of the planet's toughest rally races.

The cars in competition are rarely seen on roads today, and span from a 1913 Ford Model T to a 1982 Renault 4. They're being driven by teams of two, who hail from 26 countries and are made up of spouses, parents and children, and siblings. Some are doing it just for fun, while others are raising money for charity (causes include environmental conservation and brain research).

Seven cars were forced to drop out within the first week, but the rest are aiming to reach Paris by June 29.

Standing between them and their goal are 7,500 miles of deserts, mountains, gravel and dirt roads, through China, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine, Switzerland, France, and more.