ALASKA, NO BUST
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.”