By |2019-09-03T09:54:17+02:00Juli 8th, 2019|

Day 36

we drove directly from Ypres to Paris without any competition.
The arrival on Place Vendome is very emotional and it was great to see the danish flag! 
It has been a hard rally, there has been ups and downs, but the spirit to keep on fighting never disappeared. 
The adventure is over, so are our posts. We wish to thank the companies and people who supported the charity, it is highly appreciated. We are looking forward to a few more donations in order to reach our goal! We shall soon be sending the Peking to Paris caps and the limited Peking to Paris Skin Gin!
We have signed on Peking to Paris 2022, so a new adventure is in sight!


By |2019-07-07T09:42:48+02:00Juli 7th, 2019|

Day 35

We left Liege, driving through the region of the Ardennes, what a beautiful place. It will be a destination to come back to.
There were two challenges along the route to Ypres a time trail and a race through a village, where roads had been closed, both great fun.
The navigation was a challenge throughout the day and the navigator did not have 5 seconds rest.
We drove into Ypres late afternoon and what a reception, hundreds of people there, also several old rally friends. The Belgians had arranged French fries and a free flow of beer and wine – it was great!
Our good friend Anton and his co driver Herman made it on the Contal trike, they closed a chapter in the Peking to Paris history which has been open since 1907.
Peking to Paris 2019 has been a tough rally with many days of challenging driving and competitions. The ERA team has been magnificent, the mechanics did a great effort in keeping the cars running – I believe we will be back, there is still a some unfinished business!
Today we have a non competitive drive into Paris where we will be arriving at around 14.30. It will for sure be emotional and we are looking forward to driving over the finish line!


By |2019-07-06T12:21:03+02:00Juli 6th, 2019|

Day 34
We started out in Wolfsburg at 09.07, had an easy drive out of town. We had some 600 km ahead of us. We went onto the Autobahn, did 160 km/h and made good progress…..until we had to drive through several villages, all overloaded with heavy traffic which resulted in a lot of congestion. There were traffic lights every 300 m which ensured that there was absolutely no flow in the traffic. Having been driving a lot in Germany and knowing how beautiful it can be, I just fail to understand our route, as we did not discover that. Further to pass through the Ruhrpott on a Friday afternoon with the summer holidays commencing did not make things easier. Was happy to drive an air cooled car, as overheating is not an issue, but many of the cars really suffered from the long queues and the warm weather.
We crossed the border into Belgium at the Ardennes, it was scenic, the nature and the villages are beautiful. We went to a mini track of Peugeot with many tight bends. We made a mistake which incurred a penalty of 4 minutes and 30 seconds and had us move from a 1st to a 6th place in the European cup.
We checked in at the hotel at 19.00 after a hard day. Next stop is Ypres and on Sunday we go to Paris, can’t wait…….


By |2019-07-05T09:40:35+02:00Juli 5th, 2019|

Day 33
Great driving day! We started with a race in the old part of Stettin (Szczecin) after which we drove off towards Germany and soon we crossed the border. We passed many small villages, where traces of the former GDR are still to be seen in that part of Germany. We arrived at Groß Doelln, where we had a competition on the race track and the last competition of the day at an airfield with a race on a runway, then off road, which was a great combination. The day ended at Auto Welt/World in Wolfsburg.


By |2019-07-04T12:21:26+02:00Juli 4th, 2019|

Day 32

Started doing the go-cart track which we did on day 31, but backwards. After that we had a great drive heading for Szczecin (Stettin). We had our second test at an old airfield. Needed to navigate and keep an average speed in an off-road track – just the right thing for the Porsche, it went well. We arrived in Szczecin in the afternoon, where we checked in at the port.

It was another great day. Poland is a very beautiful country and people are very friendly.

As part of the daily routine, we checked the car and fortunately there was no damage on the suspension this time!


By |2019-07-03T09:49:41+02:00Juli 3rd, 2019|

Day 31
Today we started where we ended yesterday, with a very bad track!
Afterwards, we left Masuria and drove to Bydgoszcz. Again a scenic drive through small villages and a fantastic nature. The roads were very bad at times.
In the afternoon the front right shock absorber started making hammering noises, but we had no time to stop and so we continued. In Bydgoszcz we finished the day on a go-cart track! Despite our off-road tyres the car did well.
Upon arrival at the hotel, we started checking the suspension and found that the shock absorber had just ripped a piece of metal out of the pin holding it in place. The conclusion is poor design. We fail to understand how it can happen, especially when having catch straps on the suspension. It was another long day with driving and repair.
Thanks to the mechanics and to Jamie for their help to keep us running!


By |2019-07-02T09:48:48+02:00Juli 2nd, 2019|

Day 30

We left Riga and drove 560 km via Lithuania into Poland, where we arrived at Mikolaij in Masuria. Masuria has more than 2000 lakes. It was an amazing drive through picturesque landscapes and villages. It is great to see storks everywhere.

The two tests of the day were race tracks, a fast and great track and a track which can destroy your suspension. Fortunately, we did not have further technical problems apart from the noise from the shock absorbers and the co-driver?

The day ended with a car park party, which was great.


By |2019-07-01T11:03:26+02:00Juli 1st, 2019|

Day 29
Yesterday evening when working on the car, suddenly we got an unexpected but pleasant visit: Heine and three colleagues who were to test an aircraft after an overhaul in Tallinn showed up in the parking lot.
We started out from Tallin at 10 and soon after we were on Laitse rally cross track. Rally cross is great fun and perfect for the setup of the car. Leaving the track, we heard a bad noise from the left shock absorber. For the first time, we had a proper lunch break of an hour. With the help of Jack and Tony from the support team, we got the shock absorber changed. It had sheared off, a clean cut, it was the second time it happened. Fortunately we carry spare shock absorbers. With a delay of 11 minutes, we left for the next controls and the final test at Bikernieki race track. The roads in Estonia and Latvia are very good and the landscape is beautiful. On the way to the hotel, the front absorbers started making a noise. We took it apart, again with help from the mechanics. The design is the problem, we cleaned everything, but have to accept the squeaking noise – no more Billstein for me!


By |2019-06-30T10:31:50+02:00Juni 30th, 2019|

Day 28
We left Hyvinkää in the morning going straight for Hyvinkää Rally Cross and after that to Saukkolan.
Both stages were amazing! Rally cross is great fun and so are the special stages in the forest.
After the tests we went to Helsinki in order to take the ferry to Tallinn, where we ended up in a pride parade, very interesting!
Arrived at 7 pm at the hotel, spent two hours checking the car, found a split pin was missing on a bolt on the steering and a suspension part was loose. Jamie driving the Morris Minor was of great help – thanks, the next GT is on me!
Today we again pay a visit or two to rally cross tracks.


By |2019-06-29T14:18:13+02:00Juni 29th, 2019|

Day 27
The day ended up being a transport day, as the special test was cancelled. The drive out of St. Petersburg was easy, the roads are great and quite impressive. The times for the Time Control were tight, but manageable. We finally arrived at the Russian/Finnish border, where 100 other rally cars were waiting to cross the border. After a couple of hours we were on EU-terrain and drove to Hyvinkää, a very scenic drive, also got to taste a little gravel.

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