Barbour 4x4 were proud to support Rupert Potts and James Whyte's successful attempt to drive the original route of the legendary Paris Persepolis Paris raid of 1971.

The original raid was a thirty day endurance rally organised by Citroen with approximately 400 raid cars consisting of 2CV's, Mehari's and Dyane.

Leaving the 2CV World Meeting in France on the 31st July 2011, exactly 40 years after the original start date, Rupert and James set off on their own epic raid.

Using original maps and itineraries, they drove a £500 1984 Citroen 2CV6 Special 8600 miles to Persepolis in Iran and back to Paris. They managed to complete the raid in 28 days following the same route.


As far as we are aware no one has completed this raid since the original (of course we would love to hear from anyone who has) and amazingly Rupert and James managed to negotiate civil wars, earthquakes, political sanctions, ramadan and overbearing heat.

We have decided to post some of their pictures here. If you want to take a closer inspection of the route there is also a google map link on the left.

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