In the beginningwas the word.
Peking, summer 1907. The eleven Europeans didn't understand a word of the country’s language as their passports were confiscated in this completely foreign world with its heavy and humid heat. They arrived in their vehicles. They had answered “yes” to a somewhat foolhardy question of the French daily newspaper Le Matin:
“Is there anyone who will undertake to travel this summer from Peking to Paris by automobile?”. A total of 40 parties were entered in this intercontinental rally, but only five actually managed to ship their vehicles to Peking.