Driving the Silk Road
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to take a fairly standard luxury saloon, designed to take ministers and tycoons about their business, across the Gobi Desert in the notoriously hard 'Peking to Paris' endurance rally?
One year, after a lively family Christmas dinner, Douglas McWilliams and his brother Mike decided to find out. In 2019, they entered a Bentley Si in the rally, which would see them depart from Beijing along the old Silk Road, which connects China with the West by land. Travelling about 16,000 kilometres in total, they drove nearly halfway round the world.
Their Bentley was one of only 21 cars to complete the rally without being flat bedded or towed. This book is about two brothers on an extraordinary journey across the entire Eurasian continent. Their story would be interesting even if it were just about a rather exotic drive. But they entered the rally because they sensed that the world's centre of economic gravity was shifting towards the area that they were traversing: China, Central Asia and Russia. Along the way they discovered what the coming-together of the revitalised Russia and China means for the West today, on an adventure that sheds new light on our ever-changing world in more ways than one.