The race went ahead without any assistance, through countries where there were no roads or road maps, camels carrying fuel set up at stations along the route, which followed a telegraph wire so that the newspapers could cover it; each car having a journalist as a passenger, wiring in copy along the way.

Now, from, September 10th, the historic and prestigious Peking to Paris Rally will roll again. The new race, sponsored solely by watchmakers, Frederique Constant, will feature 120 classic cars dating from the 1920s through to the 60s, such as rare Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Lancias, Porsches, Aston Martins, MGs and Alfas. The winning team will be awarded a Frederique Constant timepiece.

The route will take in over 14500 km from China through to Turkey towards France by way of Mongolia and Uzbekistan. Whose name will replace original winner, Prince Scipione Borghese? Find out at the Place Vendôme at 12.45pm, 16th October.

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