Jun 2, 2014
The New York Times proposed an outrageous undertaking in 1908:
An automobile race westward from New York to Paris, a journey of
22,000 miles across all of North America and Asia in an era when
the motorcar was "the most fragile and capricious thing on earth."
In this episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll follow the six
teams who took up the challenge and attempted "the most perilous
trip ever undertaken by man."
We'll also see how a tomahawk linked Alec Guinness and Grace Kelly for 25 years and hear poet Louis Phillips lament his wife's handwriting.