The Great Auto Race of 1908 happened at a time when the automobile industry was still in its primitive age. Yet, with competitors covering 22,000 miles in 169 days, in bad weather conditions and in an era when roads were uncertain, there were not enough gas stations and most of the countries did not know what an automobile was, the Auto Race proved long distance travel by road was possible with a boom in the automobile industry.
Commemorating the longest auto race in history, World Race 2011 - New York to Paris will start on April 14, 2011 with participant cars leaving the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Times Square in the heart of New York City.
According to the information about routes released by World Race 2011, the cars will travel west, through the United States with memorable stops at Buffalo, Sandusky, Detroit, Warsaw, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Dodge City, Denver, Gateway, Salt Lake City, and Reno.
On April 26, they will arrive in San Francisco where the cars will be loaded on to a ship bound for Beijing, China for the Asia-Europe leg of the Race. Racers rejoin their cars on June 4 and continue driving through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, and Switzerland.
The winner's entry into Paris with a victorious finish at the Eiffel Tower will happen on July 21, according to World Race 2011's official site.
Here's a video clip showing the historical race, routes that will be covered in 2011 race and more milestones: