We like road trips as much as the next man, but 22,000 miles is a bit of a stretch. That’s exactly what a bunch of crazy bastards – sorry, “intrepid motorists” – are about to do though. Twenty-five of them are setting out to recreate The Great Auto Race of 1908, which covered that distance in 169 days, the longest auto competition in history.

The big event, dubbed the World Race 2011, kicks off April 14th when the convoy, which includes such automotive oddities as a Corvette that runs on six different types of fuel (above), takes off from the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Times Square.

“Back in 1908 they didn’t have much in the way of paved roads or gas stations, but then again there was a hell of a lot less traffic”

Back in 1908 they didn’t have much in the way of paved roads or gas stations, but then again there was a hell of a lot less traffic. From NYC they’ll head west with stops in Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Denver, Salt Lake City and Reno, among others.

In San Francisco they’ll board a ship bound for Beijing, then continue driving through China, Russia, Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic and Switzerland before finishing up with a bash at the Eiffel Tower – 90 hellish days after motoring off from Midtown. Actually, if someone gave us a three-month vacation, a Rolls-Royce and a curvaceous co-pilot we’d sign up tomorrow.