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Peking-to-Paris Discussion

May 23, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Phil Putnam of Orland, California will discuss his experience as a finishing participant in 2013’s Peking to Paris rally at the California Automobile Museum.  Phil prepared a 1936 Chrysler C10 Airflow for the rally and  served as the Airflow’s mechanic on the journey. This Airflow will be driven to the museum to be on display during the discussion; the mud and dirt from the rally is still on the Airflow!

36 Airflow Peking to Paris California Automobile Museum 2The Peking to Paris rally drivers and their cars through some of the most remote regions of the globe.  Beginning in Beijing, China, the rally winds its way through Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, and finally ending in Paris, France.  First run in 1907, the race is repeated periodically.  It will be run again in 2016.

Phil Putnam is a renowned restorer of Chrysler and DeSoto Airflow cars.  Airflows were produced by the Chrysler Corporation between 1934 and 1937.  While a commercial failure, these cars are recognized as groundbreaking with their advanced aerodynamics, radical design, many mechanical innovations and art deco styling.  Putnam spent about 5 years 36 Airflow Peking to Paris California Automobile Museum 3completely re-engineering the chassis and body of a 1936 Chrysler C10 Imperial Airflow sedan, preparing it to withstand the extreme road conditions on the Peking to Paris route.  The engine and transmission are just about the only things on this ’36 Airflow that are original factory designs.  The Airflow you will see at Putnam’s presentation completed the Peking to Paris trip with few serious mechanical problems.

Phil will highlight the many interesting features of the car that completed the rally and made it to Paris in style, as well as  two short videos of the 2013 Peking to Paris rally.

FREE with regular museum admission.


May 23, 2014
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


California Automobile Museum