Man, I loved that movie. I saw it first run in the theater. I didn’t know that it was historically based, but i guess I had some sort of notion of it. Professor Fate was awesome, and his car was the shit! I love the scissors jack capability and snow melting cone of the Hannibal Twin-8.
According to Wiki, Natalie Wood (HOT-TAH!!!) as Maggie Dubois wore a different outfit every day. How did she pull that off with the limited luggage space in her car?
The 2008 race has a vintage car category. Hell, I’m not working, I should go for it, The car only has to be 25 years old. My '84 4Runner misses by one year! However, I should bust out the '64 bug. I can fix almost anything on it. Unfortunately, the car has to be “attractive”, which will take a bit of effort to pull off.
I had read that a Volkswagen Vanagon Synchro set the record for circumnavigating the planet, but I can’t google it. Has anyone heard a similar story?
Long, rough terrain races used to be fairly common. These days, everything is track based, with the closest thing remaining near the old time races being probably rally racing, but those don’t emphasise the durability factor as much.
New York to Paris? I once read a (now out-of-print) book about a race from Peking to Paris, and that race was sponsored by La Matin. At any rate, I found it fascinating. One of the teams stopped to send a telegram from someplace called Pong Hong*, and noticed that the receipt was numbered “1.” The first that day? No, the first ever. In six years.
Somewhere in the Ural Mountains, they passed a marble signpost.
No border guards in those days!
*which apparently no longer exists, because when I googled it, all I found were links about people playing ping-pong in Hong Kong.