In June, 2019, Chris and John Beresford will participate in the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. This event takes its inspiration from the original 1907 challenge issued by the Parisian newspaper, Le Matin who asked: “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?”
Organized by the Endurance Rally Association every three years, the 2019 edition will be their seventh running of the event. Leaving Beijing on June 2, 2019, the route will go from China to Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and then back into Russia. From St. Petersburg competitors then cross the sea to Finland before turning south to travel through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. From there they enter Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and finally Paris on July 7, 2019. The distance is estimated to be about 16,000km. Approximately 110 teams will participate in the 2019 Challenge, using cars dating from 1907 to 1976.
Brothers John and Chris Beresford have been automotive enthusiasts all their lives. Their first cars were 1950’s era VW Beetles. Both reside in the Greater Victoria area on Vancouver Island and are the sole all-Canadian entrants in the 2019 Challenge. While long road trips have always been a part of their lives, they have not done anything like this event before!
Our Supported Charity: Drive for Deirdre
The team has selected the Arthritis Society as their designated charity. Deirdre Beresford was diagnosed in the 1980s with rheumatoid arthritis and passed away in April, 2016 due to complications from the disease. While she was able, Deirdre served for many years as a volunteer for the Arthritis Society, being very active at the Victoria Arthritis Centre, as well as serving in other health related charitable causes. All donations received through the “Drive for Deirdre” project will go directly to the Arthritis Society.
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