The last Peking to Paris Motor Challenge was in 2019, five years ago. Since then there has been a build-up of adventure lust to the extent that the 2024 entry filled up fast, but left so much interest in reserve that HERO-ERA announced another P2P Challenge for 2025 to cope with the demand.
It therefore came as no surprise that over half of 2024 teams travelled from around the world for a two-day briefing and training session at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon UK, to hear from Deputy Clerk of the Course Chris Elkins who had just returned from a gruelling final five week recce across China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
Whilst those who couldn’t attend the briefing were assured they would receive copies of all the presentations to make sure they don’t miss out, HERO-ERA Competition Director and Peking to Paris Clerk of the Course Guy Woodcock, stood alongside Chris as they presented the adventurous route and itinerary together for 2024.
Guy; “The attendance and response was more than enthusiastic. There was a distinct buzz in the room as teams already seemed excited, which is to be expected after a five-year absence. You could see the audience hanging on every word from Chris in the route presentation. His graphic pictures from the recce held everyone’s attention but also brought some gasps – especially from the Mini crew of the Don and Stuart Henshall when they reacted to a picture of a very deep-looking river crossing!”
The training and briefing sessions were conducted by expert HERO-ERA staff in every aspect of the event from car preparation, to hospitality, medical, safety, Garmin and SPOT Trace training, but the most eagerly awaited topic was the route and what competitors can expect in 2024. It didn’t disappoint, despite the team having to re-route around Russia, they have finalised an even more adventurous 37-day epic challenge, overcoming many obstacles and international sensitivities in the lengthy process.