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Day 33 – Troyes to Paris

Heroes Welcome

By Syd Stelvio, www.endurorally.com

Whistles blew… someone sounded a trumpet…..and everyone clapped. The survivors of the Peking to Paris drove through the streets of Paris this morning – down the Champs-Élysées with girls in white T-shirts on roller skates escorting cars across traffic-lights, shoppers and children on the pavement stood and stared… then cheered…drivers waved back.

Driving the Impossible

The final few kilometres in the middle of Paris is no place to break down, but everyone was helping everyone and to loud cheers from a big crowd, survivors rolled over the finish line in Place Vendome. So ends the 2013 Peking to Paris – crossing 15 frontiers, driving the greatest land-mass between two capital cities and the biggest wilderness in the world where a car can turn a wheel...

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Day 32 – Gstaad to Troyes

Final Fling

By Syd Stelvio, www.endurorally.com

With around 86 cars expected to cross the finish-line in the centre of Paris tomorrow out of the original 96 starters, there is a terrific atmosphere in the bar tonight as competitors breathe a big sigh a relief that it now looks as if the survivors take in liquid refreshment for the struggle to get out of Troyes tomorrow on the final leg.

Driving the Impossible

Doubts? There is only one. There could not be a last minute drama without Bill and Mark from Car 15, the Ford Model A, taking centre-stage. Today the water pump they found in the wreck outside the Victoria Hotel in Davos gave up… and so the car was sadly put on a truck to Troyes...

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Day 31 – Davos to Gstaad

Snowy Mountains

By Syd Stelvio, www.endurorally.com

We drove across an alpine mountain range to Gstaad today. Just as we thought we had seen every kind of extreme weather condition, we drove up a foggy mountain and found it was snowing at the summit.

Driving the Impossible

Ludovic Bois in his Volvo Amazon, car 82, suffered a spot of altitude sickness and refused to run any further at the top of one pass, and had to be pushed out of a passage-control where it then ran down the mountain. Bill and Jock Burridge from New Zealand in their 1925 Buick had just about the worst problem of the day when a front hub broke on the last closed-road test-section… the hub was stripped down and a local workshop found to weld it up, and the car was soon running again. Snow was falling and visibility was down to 15 metres.

Glen ...

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Day 30 – Schladming to Davos

Pumping Iron

By Syd Stelvio, www.endurorally.com

A day crossing mountains, starting with a long timed mountain climb on a narrow gravel track, followed by plenty of steep climbs through dramatic scenery with stunning views, taking us from Austria into Switzerland. We are now in Davos, listening to more tales of gung-ho derrin’ do from Bill Cleyndert, driver of car 15, the silver-bullet Model A Special.

Driving the Impossible

Ten miles out of town from here, climbing a steep mountain pass, the engine throws off its fan blades, destroying the water pump, which explodes internally. Doom and gloom for anyone, this close to Paris, particularly given Bill reckoned there was nothing left of car that remained unbroken. Coasting downhill, it looks as if its game-over...

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Day 29 – Bratislava to Schladming

The Sound of Music

By Syd Stelvio, www.endurorally.com

The town of Grobming is quite used to the sound of vintage and classic cars filling their narrow cobbled streets as it is here that the Ennstal Classic takes place, an annual classic-car rally which arrived on the scene soon after the first Pirelli Classic Marathons which came this way over 20 years ago.

Driving the Impossible

There is a great mountain climb just outside of town which was closed specially for us this afternoon, and most of us enjoyed finding the energy to storm up to the top, where there is a wonderful wooden chalet which acts as café and restaurant to events. Free bowls of hot goulash soup, free coffees… just what was needed in the bracing mountain air as we all sat on wooden benches exchanging stories of the day.

We crossed from Slovak...

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