Think of it as the Cannonball Run for tree huggers.
Starting today, two guys plan to drive from New York to Los Angeles, in 40 hours, without a single stop. And on a single tank of biodiesel.
Nik Bristow and Brian Pierce, a couple of copywriters from Atlanta looking to bring more attention to the alt fuel issue, are departing from Manhattan this afternoon on what they are calling the Willie Run ’08 – named for Willie Nelson’s own BioWillie biodiesel. “We want to educate people that biodiesel is superior to other biofuels such as ethanol,” says Pierce. “And in the end, of course, we want to make Willie proud.”
The pair will take turns piloting the “Willie One,” (Willie’s not riding along?), a diesel Volkswagen Jetta, outfitted with an additional 60 gallons of fuel capacity. They’re counting on getting 45-50 mpg, which should be plenty to get them across the country. Or strand them in the desert.
The plan is to arrive in LA on the 24th, completing the run in under 40 hours. No word if Willie will be there to give a big green hug to the two bio-heroes.
You can get more info on the ride on their site, www.willierun.com. Donate $25 or more to the cause and get a commemorative t-shirt. (Made of 100% organic cotton, of course.)
And you can follow the ride, live on ustream.tv, where you’ll either get to see history made, or two guys driving around lost in a cornfield.