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Austin Texas to Fairbanks Alaska drive… in a ’59 Renault Dauphine…???!!!

by DrivingEnthusiast

Austin resident Jonathan Burnette will begin a drive Tuesday (July 2010) from Austin Texas to Fairbanks Alaska in his classic Dauphine. Is he crazy? No, he’s a long-time Renault mechanic, and it’s the challenge of driving a $200 car all the way to Alaska that appeals to  him.

Read the full article in the Statesman-American here: http://www.statesman.com/life/in-59-dauphine-trip-may-literally-be-alaska-783433.html

We encountered Jonathan’s Dauphine at the recent Cars and Coffee show here in Austin, but didn’t know about the trip at the time. If we had, we would have wished him the best. How many people get a chance to take a trip like this? How many have the confidence in themselves to take a 50 year old car?

As you can see in the accompanying video, the interior is very small. Hopefully a radio will be installed before the trip…?

The hood badge is worn, but you can see how elaborate it is.

See the video introduction here:

Follow “Dauphine Destiny” and “Alaska Renault Trip” on Facebook for progress reports over the next month. This Dauphine is a tough survivor, and Jonathan is clearly the best man for the job.

Good luck Jonathan!

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