Our novel, The Long Road to Paris, is finished and will be released in February. Our real road to Paris leaves NY City April 14th, going west across the US, Asia, and Europe, ending at the Eiffel Tower. This rally will certainly not be as exciting as our fictional version-we hope-but if the planners get their way, it will be a travel adventure.
Our novel takes place in 2008, a centennial event celebrating the race of 1908. The diaries of the men who drove this race read like novels, but for the men on that race, it was a reality show unfolding!
So why didn’t we actually rally in 2008? We planned to. A world race was scheduled and we had signed on as competitors. A preliminary banquet was even held on Feb. 12, 2008, 100 years to the day that the 1908 race started. Then it fell apart. At the last minute China withdrew our travel permits. Remember that year the Olympic games took place in China and there were violent protests in the western provinces by the Tibetans there.
It was a disappointment, but the inspiration to fictionalize the story-that-wasn’t. We added a cast of characters who are much more intriguing than most rallyists we have competed against. Threw in international intrigue,espionage and a dangerous romance between the driver and his beautiful, secretive navigator. Details are on our website http://www.thelongroadtoparis.com
So now the rally has been organized by new management and we are set to go. For anyone interested, you can log on to http://www.worldrace2011.com or you can follow our dual adventures, driving and promoting our book, on this blog. We plan to sell our novel as we cross the US, hopefully get some media attention, reviews and book signings too.
See you on the road to Paris!