72-year-old Jacques Grelley, a veteran of multiple LeMans 24-hour races, has decided to drive one of his rare DB Panhards from New York to northern California for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. That's a 3000-mile journey in a 2-cylinder, 60 HP race car with the only luxuries being a retrofitted speedometer and muffler. But this won't be the longest road trip Grelley has been on...or the most primitive.
Last summer, Grelley and a friend drove from Paris to Beijing and back to Paris...in a Citroen 2CV. As the crow flies, that's over 10,200 miles, and about 22,000 miles on the road, all in a floppy car designed for peasants half a century ago. Needless to say, we can only hope to be half as cool as Jacques someday.