Road race returns to Victor
Luke Rizzuto, a building contractor who lives in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, will lead a band of buddies down Victor’s Main Street on their long ride to San Francisco to trace the 1908 New York-to-Paris Auto Race on its 100th anniversary.
That five-month, around-the-world race inspired Rizzuto to get behind the wheel and drive the entire original North American leg in his 1918 Chevrolet — starting tomorrow.
“It was unbelievable. They started from Times Square in February in North America so they could drive across what they thought would be a frozen Bering Strait,” said Rizzuto.
At least that was the original race plan. Racers in 1908 were set to take their cars apart on Alaskan shores and load dogsleds for the trip to Siberia. Instead, they went from San Francisco to Japan, then onto Siberia and through Russia and Germany to France.
One hundred sixty-seven days after leaving New York, a triumphant George Schuster entered Paris at the wheel of a Thomas Flyer made in Buffalo.
By Morgan Wesson, correspondent
Posted Oct 17, 2008 @ 03:47 PM