Alfa Romeo and the Alfa Romeo Museum’s motorsports club Scuderia del Portello completed the grueling Peking to Paris Rally Sunday, a 14,000 kilometer road rally that covers 11 countries over its five week duration.
This year’s Peking to Paris rally was the sixth ever reenactment of the historic event. The original race was held in 1907 and was inspired by a line in French newspaper Le Matin which read:
“What needs to be proved today is that as long as a man has a car, he can do anything and go anywhere. Is there anyone who will undertake to travel this summer from Peking to Paris by automobile?”
Scuderia del Portello contested this year’s rally in a 1969 Giulia 1300 Ti a 1973 1.3 Giulia Super. The 1969 Giulia was driven by Marco Cajani, chairman of the Scuderia del Portello, with Alessandro Morteo as co-driver. The 1973 model year car was piloted by journalist Roberto Chiodi with his wife Maria Rita Degli Esposti co-driving.
The rally started not far from the Great Wall of China and took participants through China, Mongolia, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and France. The route also guided drivers through the Gobi desert and 5,000 kilometers through Siberia. It concluded in Paris’ Place Vendôme after 37 days, where the 2017 Giulia Ti met the two vintage Giulias in celebration.
Chiodi won the gold medal in the rally for ending all of the race days on time and for having contested a large number of special trials throughout the event. He also finished thirteenth overall, second in his class and first of the seven Italian crews participating. The two Giulias also took second and third in the ‘European Cup’ classification, which took into consideration results from Poland to Paris.
Photo via Scuderia del Portello