USA Road Trip–preparing for a circuit of America in 2013

Seven years ago I drove an 8000 road trip from North Carolina to California and back again stopping at car museums, race shops, and private collections of cars.  That year was also the Tulsa, OK, event where a 1957 Plymouth was going to be dug up after being buried as a time capsule for 50 years.  That was a very special event and I spent three days there soaking up the anticipation, the reveal and the enthusiasm of automobile enthusiasts from all over the world.

I had never taken a road trip quite like it.  I met many people that were in love with cars and were gracious enough to share their collections with me and my readers.

In 2013 I plan to do another road trip where I will visit car museums, private collections, a race track or two, and some race shops.  I will be sharing all my experiences on this blog for all of you to enjoy.

Here is an opportunity for you to let me know about some great car places that I should include in the 2013 road trip.  That’s right – YOU can tell me where to go!  Now that hasn’t happened since I was last married.

Please don’t be shy here.  Even if you think “everybody” knows about a museum, car collection, race shop, etc., – tell me about it anyway.  Just leave a comment on this blog entry with a description, address, and a web site link, if there is one.

You readers have had an influence on the vehicle that I will be using on this 8000+ road trip all ready.  Several entries ago I talked about the various qualities that might be desired in a road trip vehicle and the number one suggestion from you readers was comfort!  So I have taken the advice to heart and have combined that with my own desire for some stealth.

So what is the vehicle that will take this blog on the road next year?  Well here is a hint:

2008 P71 before

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14 Responses to USA Road Trip–preparing for a circuit of America in 2013

  1. Jim's sister says:


  2. Bob says:

    Black suits and sunglasses as well? A mission from the people? Look like it’ll be a great time.

  3. Ted 3 says:

    You better point that Motowner North to Vermont! Please add a supercharger so we can do burnouts in my driveway!

  4. Ted 3 says:

    ok – can’t vouch for these…but they look like possibilities!
    Champlain Valley Transportation Museum!about/vstc3=collection

    and the Hemmings Motor News has a cool service station and collection!

    Drive on!


  5. Noel Ward says:

    “We’re 50 miles from Chicago. We have full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark out and we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it!” –The Blues Brothers

    I can’t wait to read about the vehicle prep. Let’s see…..
    Fat V-rated tires, 8″ wide wheels, sway bars as thick as baseball bats, chipped ECU, 3″ dual exhaust, Momo Start seats, poly suspension bushings, HD Bilsteins, corner jacked suspension, roll cage, maybe a supercharger. GPS, a new V-1 radar detector, 3-4 GoPro cams, driving lights. And a killer stealthy paint job. Ought to be a lot of fun!

    • jimsgarage says:

      You sound pretty close there Noel. We will see what the budget allows. I hope you can think of some places I should put on the road trip list. Do you know of any events in the June time frame?

  6. Kyle says:

    Mike Yager’s Corvette Museum (see for more information). While in Illinois there is the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago as well as the Amboy Illinois Central Depot between Chicago and Davenport, just off I-88.

  7. Noel Ward says:

    You need to do Pikes Peak. And get all the way to the left coast and drive Highway One in California between LA and San Francisco. The better views are going north to south. Go to Pfieffer beach in Big Sur and have lunch at Nepenthe (just south of the beach). Depending on timing you might be able to catch a race at Laguna Seca in Monterey.

  8. kyle says:

    You should watch “Horatio’s Drive: America’s First Road Trip”. It’s the story of Horatio Jackson, the first person to drive an automobile cross-country. It’s available on Netflix. There’s also a book of the same title, available as an audio book, so you can listen to it on your road trip.

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