Historic Endurance Rallying with Penny & Geoff Rawlings

Driving the World with Geoff & Penny in their wonderful old Talbot

Thank you for visiting our web site.

This site was created to let friends and family follow our progress on the 2007 PEKING TO PARIS MOTOR CHALLENGE. We then decided to enlarge it to include our other adventures in our wonderful old TALBOT motor car.

Click on the BLOG button at the top to read about any of our rallies in chronological order from the PEKING TO PARIS in 2007 to the most recent and planned ones in the future. There are also buttons to provide a bit more background to us, the car and lots of other stuff.

Since 2007 there have been lots of other local events around Ireland but they can’t really be described as “adventures”.

In 2020 we were in Sri Lanka when the Coronavirus pandemic began it’s rampage and we returned home just in time to go into lock-down. This naturally curtailed our plans until June 2021 when we joined a wee tour in North Wales, based around the world famous village of Portmeirion. Then in September we endured our first competitive rally since 2017 in Japan. I say ‘endured’ because we were so out of practice but it was actually a great event and we somehow managed to win a 3rd in class. So far the only event on the horizon is another competitive event in Spain beginning in April 2022. Can’t wait for that.

We hope you enjoy reading our ramblings and if you have any comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email.

The maps on our office wall showing where we’ve visited.

Many times we’ve been asked “What’s it like in Mongolia?” and our stock answer is something like “So huge we don’t have enough words that are big enough”. Back in 2007 we didn’t have the photographic or video kit we have now. Even the professionally produced videos of the 1997 and 2007 events don’t really do it justice. I appreciate it is a cliché but in Douglas Adams’ famous radio serial “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” the ‘book’ describes space as “Big, really big” so at least we aren’t the only ones with this problem.What am I chattering on about I hear you ask. I recently came across a blog of a couple who are riding their motorcycles around the world and their section on Mongolia makes a pretty good effort. The charming little video below says it all but without words. It is one of the very few places in the world I would go back to in an instant: