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Flint native takes VW Beetle on global road trip

April 25, 2011 3:54:30 AM PDT
A Michigan native is attempting a 14,000-mile road trip around the world in a 1967 Volkswagen Beetle.The Flint Journal reports Saturday that Janet Howle, and her husband, Ed, are one of 18 teams in World Race 2011. Janet Howle is a 1963 graduate of Flint Southwestern High School.

The teams took off April 14 from New York en route to San Francisco where the cars will be shipped to China. Paris is the final destination for the more than three-month-long race. The event is not based on a speed and is a recreation of the Great Race of 1908.

Janet Howle told the newspaper they arrived in Denver Friday afternoon after battling road construction and high winds.

Drivers mostly are using back roads.

Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint