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Former Le Mans racer Jacques Grelley has just kicked off a 75-day journey across 22,000 miles on what's sure to be one hell of a road trip, driving all the way from Paris to Beijing and back again. His trek will commemorate the 100th anniversary of a 1907 race, which saw five challengers travel the great distance often without roads or a map, and included Italian Prince Scipione Borghese who took top honors.

This year's race will be very different but we're sure the event will be every bit as adventurous as the original. For starters, 71 year old Grelley will be driving a 1979 Citroen 2CV, one of 50 such cars in this year's event, equipped with a GPS navigation system and K&N air filter.

The journey will travel en route through 18 different countries including Iran. Grelley was initially worried passing through the Balkans and the Middle East, but being the only American citizen competing, organizers say there's nothing to worry about if they stick together. "I trust them," Grelley assures.

[Source: AutoWeek]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      in one of the most polluting cars ever built, it's about time it did the decent thing and died
        • 8 Years Ago
        Mark, What on earth gave you the idea that the 2cv is "one of the most polluting cars ever built"? It has a very efficient 602cc four-stroke engine that is super efficient. True, that it does not have modern smog equipment, but it is not even in the top 500 most polluting cars ever built. Safety concerns is what killed the 2CV, not pollution.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I learned to drive in an Ami-6 and have been in my share of Ducks. Drive from Paris to China in a Duck, no way. In a ID/DS, sure!
      • 8 Years Ago
      As a 2CV owner, I think this is fantastic. Citroen was one of the most innovative companies in the history of automobile design. That this pre-war design can still be used as a daily driver and get 54mpg in the city, mine does, is amazing. 2CVs also have an amazing record of off road adventures, Many have driven from Europe to China, to South Africa, and to India. At least one has circled the world. They are not only off road capable, but are superbly reliable.

      Next time some poser thinks they need a Hummer to get to the sports bar in a snow flurry, they might reread this post.
        • 8 Years Ago
        They specified the car had an K&N air filter. Is this something special, specifically for the 2CV? I never seen the advantage but the 2CV is low on power and wonder if it would be a great benefit. These cars were the French version of the VW bug.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I used to own one of these and it was easily one of the most enjoyable cars i've ever driven.

      The suspension is a hoot.

      Its a great little car.... simply fantastic