Chopard is proud to support the Austrian team during the Rallye “Beijing – Paris” this year, which will take place from June 12th to July 17th. This race, organised by the Endurance Rally Association, is recognized as the hardest classic car race in the world and also known as “The 6th Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 2016”
The driver – Ingo Strolz, takes on the challenge in a field of 110 cars, with his co-driver and mechanic – Werner Gassner. Starting as No. 2 in Beijing, the Austrian drivers will wear a Mille Miglia GTS Chrono wristwatch for the race.
They will be driving a 99-year old chain-driven ‘American La France Tourer Speedster’, 14.5 L cubic capacity, 140 HP output and a top speed of 150 km/h. The rallye will start at The Great Wall of China outside Peking (Beijing), travelling through Mongolia, across parts of Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland before expected arrival in Place Vendome, Paris on 17th of July. The distance is 13,695 kilometers and the race will last 35 days.
There are four classes of cars:
- Vintage cars (1920 to 1931)
- Vintage cars (1932 to 1941)
- Classic cars up to 2L (1942 to 1975)
- Classic cars over 2L (1942 to 1975)
Both drivers competed before in 2013 and managed to finish the race.
“We both participated in the 2013 race. It was a good experience and we learned a lot. Most of the time we had only 3 – 4 hours sleep per night because after each daily stage there were repairs to do on the car, as well as maintenance works. The race is an extreme challenge for humans and machines; in the Gobi desert there are no streets, only sand tracks and it is hard to navigate. Our car has neither a tachometer nor a GPS or any other devices. Timing is very important to us. Nevertheless, sand and hard shocks will make high demands on the watches”, says Ingo Strolz.
During the race, the Strolz Gassner Racing team can be tracked on their website HERE
Read in Chopard Diary about Mille Miglia Gentlemen Drivers HERE