Hear driver’s Peking to Paris Motor Challenge experience

SANDWICH, Mass. — Heritage Museums & Gardens announces that competitive racecar driver and president of Club Motorsports, Lloyd Dahmen, will give the annual Melber Lecture, sharing his experience in the 2010 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge on Aug. 21 at 2 p.m.

The Melber Lecture is held in honor of Heritage’s much-admired auto curator, G. Robert Melber. This event is included free with admission to the museum, but reservations are required. For reservations, see www.heritagemuseums.org or contact Heather Mead, director of programming, at 508-888-3300 ext. 149 or hmead@heritagemuseums.org.

The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge began in 1907 at a time when there were no roads for the first 5,000 miles, no maps, no petrol stations, and mechanics along the way. For over 100 years, intrepid pioneers have set out on this motoring adventure driving vintage and classic cars and even motorcycles halfway around the world through some of the remotest places on earth. Last year, Lloyd Dahmen and his navigator, Chuck Schwager, departed Beijing (formerly Peking) on Sept. 10 in his 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe and arrived in Paris on Oct. 16.

Dahmen will tell of his adventures and misadventures in the 2010 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. Audience members will journey with him through slides and a video across the deserts of Mongolia; follow the Silk Road through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan; experience Iran; glide through Turkey and Greece; and dash through Italy and France to arrive gloriously at Place Vendôme in Paris.  His road-weary Cadillac will be available at Heritage for all to inspect, sit in, and kick its tires.

Admission and Location
Heritage Museum & Gardens is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission is $15 (adults), $12 (seniors), $7 (youth, ages 4 to 16), and free for members and children age 3 and under. Heritage is conveniently located off Route 6 at 67 Grove Street in Sandwich, Massachusetts. For more information, call 508.888.3300 or see www.heritagemuseums.org.

 

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