The Longest Auto Race World Tour 2014: Check-in from Perm, Russia
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 Shuster 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 Perm, Russia. Next stop: Izhevsk and then onto Kazan.
Located in the western foothills of the Urals on the Kura River, Perm supplied the Russian Empire with salt in the 18th century. Perm’s dockworkers carried bags of salt on their shoulders, giving rise to the nickname for Perm residents, “salty ears.”
You can follow the progress of the participants on their blog, written mainly by Eileen Bjorkman, a member of the World Team.
(Top photo credit: Luke Rizzuto)
PUBLISHED: June 19, 2014