Austin American-Statesman - - WEDNESDAY BRIEFING - — Pa­trick Beach

He made it. Af­ter two weeks and just short of 5,000 miles, Austin me­chanic Jonathan Bur­nette and his 1959 Re­nault Dauphine made it to An­chor­age, Alaska, on Tues­day, and aside from a flat tire (on the car), nei­ther ve­hi­cle nor driver ap­peared much worse for the wear.

The Amer­i­can-States­man pro­filed Bur­nette on July 2 as he em­barked in what’s re­garded as one of the worst cars in mod­ern au­to­mo­tive his­tory.

Aside from pot­holes hun­gry for French mo­tor­cars and the oc­ca­sional moose or bear on the high­way, Bur­nette had “noth­ing hor­ri­ble to re­port, for­tu­nately.”

Bur­nette said when he crossed the Alaska state line to take pic­tures, an­other car pulled over, and its oc­cu­pants told him, “We’re from Austin. We’ve been fol­low­ing you.”

Jonathan Bur­nette

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