Historic Endurance Rallying with Penny & Geoff Rawlings

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

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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. In May 2022 we have just finished another competitive event in Spain and somehow managed to come home with a class win. Amazing!

We have an entry in for an event in 2023 called “White Knights” that will roughly take us from Denmark, up Sweden to Nord Kapp (North Cape) and then down the Atlantic coast of Norway using the Hurtigruten ferry as our B&B. The reasoning behind this is, as we’ve already driven to the southernmost road in the world at the tip of S America, well, it would be rude not to drive to the northernmost too. I have been preparing a new car for this event; a bit more modern than the dear old Talbot and with a few modern conveniences – a roof, doors, windows, stuuf like that. It is a 1970 MGB GT and some history of the rebuild will appear in a new link at the top under “MGB”

We already have an entry in for an event in 2024. Organised by Adrian Epps (who took us from Venice to Monaco), his new company, Latitude 71, is starting small and we will be driving from Seville, in Spain to Morocco.

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: