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Alternative-Fuel Vehicles to Race Around the World in 2008

Alternative fuel and hybrid powered automobiles are going to compete in the only event of its kind, an around the world rally-race, from New York City, USA, to Paris, France, for a $1-million purse, according to Rally Partners, Inc, the event organizers. "Great Race 2008" will start in New York City, on February 12, 2008; 100 years to the day after the "Greatest Auto Race" began in the same city, and will race 22,000 miles over much of the same route that was traveled in the 1908 race.

The "Greatest Auto Race" of 1908 race was created to prove the commercial viability of a newfound technology, the combustion engine propelled automobile.  Great Race 2008 is designed to achieve the same goal; prove the viability of the latest automotive technologies.  It will challenge manufacturers and entrepreneurs to create the next generation of automotive travel.

"Much like the "Greatest Auto Race" proved the combustion engine a practical solution for motor travel, the Great Race 2008 will test and prove automotive propulsion technologies that will transport the world's citizens in the 21st century," said Bill Ewing, CEO, Rally Partners, Inc.  "It's an incredible opportunity to showcase the latest automotive technology, while celebrating the early pioneers of the automobile in the same race."

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