In 1997 the Peking to Paris rally for vintage and classic cars was held to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the original race in 1907.
Back then five cars started from Peking and four made it to Paris which was truly remarkable given that for the first 5,000 miles there were no roads, maps or garages.
The 1997 event was the first ever for vintage and classic cars to cross China and the first rally to cross Tibet. It created a piece of history by crossing the bridge between Tibet and Nepal which had been closed for 40 years.
This Wolseley 24/80 Mark II competed in the 1997 event and Andrew Snelling and his crew of Richard Sackelariou and Susan O’Neill finished a very creditable 16th from 96 starters and 87 finishers. It was built at the old BMC plant at Zetland and is retained in the condition in which it finished the event.
This vehicle has been kindly loaned to the Museum by Andrew Snelling.