Speed Runs: Web Resources
"Taking a road trip on speed is just stupid, but taking a speed road trip is a serious undertaking. It requires of the undertaker abnormally high levels of stamina, energy, street smarts, faith, and luck."
Long distance, "get-outta-Dodge" journeys aren't for everyone, but they hold undeniable appeal for a certain subset (you know who you are!) of roadtrippers. Here are just a few of the more interesting high-velocity odysseys we've run across recently.
Car Rallyes: Explanations of the various kinds of rallies and links to national events (3/6/05)
Flat Out on a Public Highway! And it's legal! Three road races run on public highways in Nevada. 2005 events are May 12 -15, September 13-18, and Septemver 22-25. (2/6/05)
The Border Challenge: Eight days of pedal-to-the-metal open-road racing starting in Brownsville, Texas, and finishing 2,500 miles away in Ensenada, Mexico. The 2005 event is April 22-29. (2/6/05)
Alcan 5000 Rally: This is an annual nine-day, time/speed/distance endurance event that starts in the Seattle area, heads north into British Columbia, zig-zags into Alaska a couple of times, swings out to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories and finishes up in Jasper, Alberta.
3000 Rally: Those goofy Burt Reynolds films of the 1970s,
"Gumball Rally" and "Cannonball Run," were inspired
by a real but illegal road race known as the "Cannonball Baker
Sea-to-Shining Sea Trophy Dash." In its heyday, daring hotrodders
sped from Times Square, New York, to Long Beach, California. In
1999, entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper launched the current version
of the Gumball, which features a 3,000-mile, six-day road "rally"
which has been held in Europe as well as the United States. Gumball
3000 takes place on public roads, where racers rack up speeding
tickets (and worse) all day and then spend the night partying at
predetermined watering holes along the route. The last United States
event occurred in April, 2003, beginning in San Francisco and ending
in Miami. For interesting commentary from one of the participants
check out Steve
Dunker's Web site.