MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions – Driving Siberia and Beyond (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions – Driving Siberia and Beyond (VIDEO)

(Douglas Grimes is co-founder and president of MIR Corporation.)

For years MIR has been creating handcrafted tours to places that are “far from the familiar,” including Siberia and the Russian Far East, China and Tibet to Central Asia, Iran and North Korea.  We also create custom private journeys for groups and individuals based on their specific interests, destinations, and timelines. As well, it’s especially challenging – and satisfying – to plan and oversee imaginative overland expeditions to many of MIR’s 35 countries.

Driving into HistoryOne of MIR’s recent, ambitious overland expeditions was the 12,000-mile segment of an around-the-world tour by vintage car – a 1928 Plymouth Roadster – from Japan to Paris, motoring through China, Russia including Siberia, the Baltics, and on to France. 

Two modern-day pioneering drivers, Luke Rizzuto and John Quam, faithfully followed as closely as possible the entire 16,000-mile route of the 1908 “Great Race” won by American George Schuster in his Thomas Flyer, a race that transformed the automotive industry. Joining them for the leg of the journey that MIR was part of were retired Air Force officers Eileen Bjorkman and Leo G. Janssens, driving a slightly more modern vehicle – a 2008 GMC.

Recreating as closely as possible the historic 1908 auto race are Leo Janssens, Eileen Bjorkman, Luke Rizzuto, and John Quam <br>Photo credit: Eileen Bjorkman

Recreating as closely as possible the historic 1908 auto race are Leo Janssens, Eileen Bjorkman, Luke Rizzuto, and John Quam
Photo credit: Eileen Bjorkman

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Sharing Their StoriesRather than my trying to summarize their incredible adventures for them, the four team members generously agreed to share their stories of this truly epic journey: in their own words, through their own eyes, from their own unique point of view. 

John Quam and Luke Rizzuto celebrate in Paris, replicating as closely as possible their 16,000+ miles round-the-world 1908 Great Race <br />  Photo credit: John Quam

John Quam and Luke Rizzuto celebrate in Paris, replicating as closely as possible the 16,400-mile round-the-world 1908 Great Race
Photo credit: John Quam

MIR is grateful to have helped play a part in their automotive overland expedition, and we’re honored to showcase their imaginative adventures here. 

More on “MIR’s 30 Years”

Learn more about “MIR’s 30 Years” in the stories below, all embedded with videos. They include MIR’s beginnings and the mindset and mission of MIR’s president and co-founder, Douglas Grimes; MIR’s utterly unique travel offerings at the crossroads of Europe and Asia; and Siberia, one of MIR’s favorites specialties.

You can also view the video series of “MIR’s 30 Years” on MIR’s YouTube channel, MIRCorpTravel, specifically under the playlist, “MIR’s 30 Years.”

MIR’s Beginnings

MIR’s One-of-a-Kind Journeys

Siberia, A MIR Specialty

MIR, in a Nutshell

(Top photo credit: Luke Rizzuto – Luke’s beloved 1928 Plymouth Roadster was used to re-create as closely as possible the 1908 “Great Race.”)

PUBLISHED: October 25, 2016

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