World Race 2011 from New York to Paris BeginsApr 18th, 2011 | By Roy Rasmussen | Category: Art and Entertainment
The World Race 2011 began Thursday. Between April 14 and July 21, drivers will race west from New York’s Crowne Plaza Hotel Times Square to San Francisco, then cross the Pacific by ship before continuing from Beijing, to arrive at the finishing line at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on July 21.
World Race 2011 commemorates the Great Auto Race of 1908, won by American driver George Schuster. Schuster and his competitors originally planned to cross the Bering Strait over the ice, but when this proved impossible, they were forced to cross the Pacific by ship. Six teams began the race in Times Square. Only three finished in Paris: a German Protos, an Italian Briax-Zust, and Schuster’s American Thomas Flyer.
Schuster died in 1977 at the age of 99. He was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame on October 12, 2010. His great grandson Jeff Mahl is a member of one of the teams participating in this year’s race. The event was originally scheduled for the 100th anniversary of the Great Auto Race in 2008, but political turmoil in China forced a rescheduling of the event.
At least 21 cars will be participating. Cars from all eras of automotive history are being honored. Classic cars featured include a 1907 Thomas Flyer, a 1929 Ford Model A, a 1951 Chrysler New Yorker, a 1957 Mercedes Benz 220 S Convertible, and a 1967 VW Beetle. These classic models will appear alongside more recent models like the 2003 GMC Envoy, the 2004 VW Jetta Turbo, the 2007 Chevy Corvette, the 2010 Ford F250 LP, and the 2010 Toyota Hybrid.
To follow the race with blog, Facebook, or Twitter updates, visit the home page of the World Race 2011 at http://www.world-race.net/.