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QA1 Shocks Performed Flawlessly in Peking to Paris Motor Challenge

August 21, 2013

QA1 Shocks Perform Flawlessly at Peking to Paris Motor ChallengeLakeville, MN [August 21, 2013] – The 5th Peking to Paris Motor Challenge took place in June, with QA1 closely watching and supporting Mike and Peter Armstrong in their 1934 Dodge DR Special. Running QA1 Proma Star shocks in the rear, Mike and Peter finished strong in the longest and toughest challenge anyone can drive in a vintage or classic car.

Peking to Paris is a rally that takes place every three years and is put on by The Endurance Rally Association. This year’s route ran from Beijing to Paris over 33 days and covered 28 cities in 8 countries.

Mike and Peter, brothers from Australia, finished 11th in the Vintageant Category and earned Gold Medal Status. Receiving any medal is an amazing achievement, but the gold medal is reserved for the strictest adherence to the required schedule. Their QA1 Proma Star shocks helped them finish the 7,610 mile trip in 263 hours, 13 minutes and 16 seconds. This was their first rally of this type, but Mike has competed in the Targa Tasmania three times.

Mike Armstrong was impressed with the performance of his QA1 Proma Star shocks. “The one thing that failed on most cars in the rally were the shock absorbers,” said Mike. “The roads we traveled through Mongolia and Russia were unimaginably tough and the shocks were the weak link on virtually all cars. The fact that these QA1 shocks performed trouble free is proof of their quality. I would only use QA1 products again on further rallies.” With QA1 Proma Star shocks in the rear, they chose to keep the original lever action shocks in the front. These original shocks caused a few issues throughout the journey, while the QA1 shocks were trouble free. Read more about Mike and Peter’s adventure on their blog at

The next Peking to Paris event is scheduled for 2016 and the route includes a stop at the foot of Mount Everest, a stop in Kathmandu and some of the highest altitude roads in the world in Tibet. Visit for a full recap on this year's rally, along with information on the 2016 rally.