Intent on advancing the cause of renewable biodiesel as a viable alternative fuel, drivers Nik Barstow and Brian Pierce will set out on September 22 in an attempt to hustle a Volkswagen Jetta TDI from Midtown Manhattan, New York, to Santa Monica, California, non-stop and in record time. To maximize their chances for success in meeting the challenge of "Willie Run 2008," their Jetta turbodiesel is being fitted with a supersize tank filled with BioWillie diesel. That's the clean, green fuel championed by music and environmental icon, Willie Nelson, who's also lending his support to this ultimate road trip.
Save for periodic driver swaps, Barstow and Pierce plan to keep their hopefully excellent adventure on pace to break the current 35 hour and 54 minute mark by remaining in motion at all times, foregoing food, sleep and rest stops. The route, designed to take them across the heartland of America, is scheduled to pass through Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, St Louis, Oklahoma City and Albuquerque along its way to the Pacific Ocean.
Regardless of the outcome, plans are already underway for an even bigger and better Willie Run 2009. Next year, organizers are hoping to see an entire convoy of vehicles participate in a non-stop coast-to-coast attempt at a new record by using even less biodiesel fuel than the Barstow/Pierce entry does. Anyone interested in stepping up to that challenge is invited to contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.