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Hardcover Prince Borghese's Trail: 10,000 Miles Over Two Continents, Four Desserts, and the Roof of the World in the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge Book

ISBN: 1571780858

ISBN13: 9781571780850

Prince Borghese's Trail: 10,000 Miles Over Two Continents, Four Desserts, and the Roof of the World in the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge

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Two women who scarcely know each other, but with a common love of exotic landscape, vintage wheels, and high adventure (one a well-heeled Pacific Heights motorcycle enthusiast, the other a Santa Cruz-based automotive journalist, car fanatic, and mother of two small children) join forces to tackle an arduous endurance rally, driving a classic car over ten thousand miles of rough and exotic terrain in the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. "Prince Borghese's...

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5 ratings

A great book about a very unusual "road race"

I happened to see a British television account of this event this past summer on History International. I missed this one when it was happening probably because I was involved in my own journeys. I caught the series in the middle and this book explained in great detail what I'd missed. I think it would be extremely difficult to make this trip even in a new vehicle much less in most of these vehicles---this event was really wacky; it would be like running your 80 year old grandfather in a marathon and taking him out every so often for knee surgery and then back in the race again. The winning team with their modified jeep certainly had the right vehicle for that trip. This account reflects very well the problems of balancing timing and navagation needs of road racing with the sightseeing. Many of the participants had to give up on the race and go along for the ride. The portraits of the racers were well done, particularly Andy Vann and his selfless heroism along the way. He was inspiring. The disdainful winner Phil Surtees, the madman organizers, the papershuffling petty despots along the way, the rivalries among the racers, the culture divide of modern women encountering their enemies in Iran, and the burnout at the end are all here. I really enjoyed this book.

Genevive, a Hillman Hunter and a 10,000 mile rally.

For those of us with less adventure in our souls than Genny,her story should be read with a mind to the extreme bravery displayed by both the writer and her co-driver on this epic adventure. Why do I raise the subject of bravery in a book report? Perhaps being British and therfore my inate "Britishness" (perhaps it is unfashonable to be a gentleman these days?) makes the reading of some of the report on this book from your side of the Atlantic seem a little harsh. I assumed that the content of the book was of primary importance? It seems that some fellow report writers want to concentrate on writing style and quality of punctuation rather than the text? I implore all who read this book to do so with an open mind considering the achievement of Genny and Linda in the context of travel writing, giving due credit for the superlative historic reference's to the initial running of the Peking to Paris at the turn of the 20th century. I am, and will admit to being somewhat biased in this matter. I witnessed the bravery of the writer and her co-driver fist hand. Following a high speed accident when their car hit a hidden culvert I was the medical officer who attended to Genny and Linda. They refused all but the most basic of medical intervention when lesser persons would have rolled over and quit. Not only did they display admirable bravery and foresight they also demonstrated considerable mechanical ability by repairing the damage to the car themselves! Whithout doubt, Genny is one of the most complete long distance rally competitors. It was a great honour for me to take part in the Peking to Paris as part of the support team, and a great honour to have become aquainted with such a strong and determined lady. Litrary detractors please take note and be mindful of the sacrifices travel writers make for their art.

One Woman's View

Having done the Cannonball Classic in September 1999 with the author and having survived six One Lap of America adventures myself, I thought I was an endurance driver. But nothing I have done can compare to Jenny's adventure. No way would you find me in some of those driving situations -- unbelievable roads, mechanical brakedowns, dress code restrictions, hideous toilets, etc. I have traveled a good chunk of the world and I love to drive cars fast and hard, but Jenny -- you are one in a million. Even though I have met you and know that you survided the adventure, I still couldn't put the book down -- always wanting to see what happened next. Did you make it? Did you live through it? This book will be of interest to woman who like cars, woman who don't like cars but love to travel and any guy who is interested in cars or adventure. It is a great read.

Kept me up all night

I really liked this although I have no interest in old cars but I had been to many of the countries they passed through and felt like I was reliving my trips, without the flat tires of course. Gennevieve kind of reminded me of my mother and how she was always setting of on these great adventures. Thoroughly enjoyed this and by the end felt like I had been sitting in the back seat on the trip.

A Can't-Put-Down Read

I'm not a 'car person' at all, so I had some doubt that this account would hold my attention, but instead I literally couldn't put down Obert's book. She weaves into her own account of racing from Beijing to Paris parallel experiences of the 1907 race (thus Prince Borghese). There are many vivid evocations of exotic locales and experiences, and plenty of suspense. Oddly enough, this suspense extends from relatively minor or benign kinds (what's going on with her smart, independent, but reserved and complex female co-driver? Will they be mislead by the organizers again?) to the life-and-death kind (Genny and Linda were pushed off the road in Tibet; a father and son team were killed when passing on horrific roads in Pakistan). Highly recommended for travel readers, car bugs, but really for anyone who enjoys a well-written real life adventure tale.
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