The Longest Auto Race World Tour 2014: A Fireworks Finish in France
The cars and drivers participating in the re-creation of the 1908 Great Automobile Race from New York to Paris (operated by MIR) made it to Paris 66 days and 8,585 miles after they started their engines in Japan. A total of 39 plastic tie wraps held together the 1928 Plymouth Roadster driven by trip co-coordinator John Quam as the cars drove triumphantly into the French capital on July 13, 2014.
The last day of Leg 1 of their trip – the fantastic feat of driving across the northern Manchurian part of China, Siberia, the Baltics, Poland, Germany, Belgium, and France – happened to fall on the day before French National Day, France’s huge Independence Day celebration, aka Bastille Day. So the next day, July 14, 2014, two million people, the World Team members among them, gathered at the Eiffel Tower, sang the French national anthem, and then…
“Then the fireworks went off. The whole tower lit up with waterfalls, blasts, booms, colors for an hour and a half. It was the best show I’ve ever seen,” said Luke Rizzuto, one of the organizers of the audacious trip.
A fitting end to 66 days on the road.
You can read more about the tour on their blog, written mainly by Eileen Bjorkman, one of the travelers on the Longest Race.
(Top photo credit: Eileen Bjorkman)
PUBLISHED: July 17, 2014