The Longest Auto Race World Tour 2014: Gorilla Tape and Tie Wraps
On May 8, 2014, a small band of loyal enthusiasts set off on a once-in-a-lifetime around-the-world driving adventure that follows in the tire-tracks of George Schuster and the original Great Automobile Race of 1908. This leg of the route takes them across Japan and ferries them into Russia; from there they breeze through the northern Manchurian part of China, Siberia, the Baltics, Poland, Germany, Belgium, and France. Along the way they’ll continue to send check-ins from the road.
The cars and drivers participating in the re-creation of the 1908 Great Automobile Race from New York to Paris have just checked in from the road: They’ve arrived in Tyumen, Russia and are heading west!
With a current total of 23 plastic tie wraps and a roll of Gorilla Tape holding their long-suffering vehicles together, they are more than halfway across Russia, the biggest country in the world. The adventurous journey is the brainchild of auto enthusiast Luke Rizzuto, who requested MIR to help him make his dream a reality.
The other car, a 2008 GMC Envoy, driven by Leo G. Janssens, is a tiny bit more reliable on a trip of these dimensions.
The original contestants in the Great Auto Race drove from New York to Paris via Japan. This leg of the 2014 re-creation stretches from Japan to Paris across Russia, and is proving to be an exciting challenge. You can follow the progress of the participants on their blog, written mainly by Eileen Bjorkman, the fourth World Team member.
Here are some photos of their trip so far:
(Top photo credit: Luke Rizzuto)
PUBLISHED: June 16, 2014