Hitchhiking, maybe for some people it sounds romantic, for some it sounds as something for a hippy and for some it sounds as the start of a competition.
I think I will fitt into the last category. I have hitchhiked around Europe myself several times, some times to get a quick, cheap and exiting trip to the other side of Europe in some other cases to get as fast as possible to the other side of Europe in a competition. Before it became a TV show we where traveling for free over the roads of Europe.
I just found that the website of the hitchhiking race is still up and running. Take a look especially for the nice pictures.