By on August 11, 2013
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Be forewarned:  This post contains some Porsche content.

Those with a strong appreciation for the automobile often romanticize the idealized Road Trip, the Grand Tour.  With rose-tinted glasses we esteem those transcontinental slogs made in cars suitable for the occasion, the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, and so on that are exemplars of the (often) 12-cylinder, Gran Turismo genre.  Indeed, it’s difficult to read a review of such a car and escape reference to the hypothetical playboys who only interrupt sumptous repose to flog their aristocratic motors on epic drives of endurance.

In 2013, however, a road trip encompassing thousands of miles is quite a luxury, given the pressing hustle and bustle of the modern world.  It’s much quicker and easier to fly, after all.  In fact, it seems like the only people electing indulgent road trips these days are well-coined automotive journalists, like my friend Doug DeMuro.

That said, some people buck the trend.  An Englishman named Richard Morris goes by the alias “Jackal” in Porsche circles.  His website has likely bankrupted several 993 and 996.1 GT3 owners with its exhaustive DIY instructions, which allow other owners to maintain their cars as stringently as aircraft.  Morris is part of a motley crew of 911 owners who take annual pilgrimages across the Chunnel to exercise their cars.  Once they’ve returned to Blighty, Jackal compiles and edits the media memorializing the trip, illustrating the skills that allow him to pay for his motors.  His summary of the 2012 journey proved to be a minor hit:

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If this is a lazy weekend for you, take a few moments to live vicariously through Jackal & Co., who’ve managed to have a pretty Grand Tour, despite having about half the cylinders needed to legitimize such a trip.

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Driving a Porsche 911, especially an older or hardcore variant, for nearly 400 miles a day multiplied across 10 days must have been tiring (on both man and machine).

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Nevertheless, I doubt any members of this party required an alarm clock to tackle each new day.

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Instead, I’d wager that the not-so-diluted tincture of octane, the sounds of the engines gradually ticking cool, and the residual adrenaline coursing through the participants’ veins took care of things.  That, and the knowledge that the road ahead would be as good as what passed.

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Of course you don’t have to have a Porsche or 10 days of vacation time to have your own Grand Tour.  You just have to go.

Please share your own videos, pictures, and stories of memorable, long-distance drives in the comments!

David Walton grew up in the North Georgia mountains before moving to Virginia to study Economics, Classics, and Natural Light at Washington and Lee University. Post-graduation, he returned to his home state to work in the financial services industry in Atlanta.  A lifelong automotive enthusiast, particular interests include (old) Porsches and sports car racing.

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53 Comments on “The Indulgent Road Trip, Circa 2013...”


  • avatar
    -Nate

    …I didn’t see any ‘ older ‘ Porsches there .

    Nice no matter what .

    Those in America who yearn for this sort of thiong might look into the
    ” No Frills Iron Bottom Motoring Tour ” , no new cars allowed and the only rule is ” Non Cranius Invertus Rectum ” .

    Much fun ensues , dead dinsaurs wasted , waistlines enhanced and good stories ’round the bar Car after each days festivities .

    Also the ” TT Ride ” out of Silverlake , Ca. twice a year , more sporting event .

    Not only the rich cam do this you see , just the true Motorheads .

    -Nate

  • avatar
    romanjetfighter

    Where’s the first picture taken? I recall it being on Top Gear or something. I go on Google Streetview and look around mountain roads in Switzerland/Italy to plan a cool route, then rent cars from Sixt (they have decent sporty cars, not Porsches) in Switzerland (where it’s OK for someone under 22 to rent a car without a pesky surcharge) to drive of those roads. Highly recommended!! I went around Switzerland and from (west of) Davos to Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. If you’re not careful, your passengers might get dizzy, so I would recommend on mountain roads don’t take passangers if you’re doing a joyride. It’s stressful, though, if you can’t read any of the street signs, can’t understand the German lady speaking to you from the navigation system, aren’t familiar with the metric system (what’s a kay-em?), and you’re 2-3 feet from going over the edge of a mountain road to your death. Actually, I think that’s what makes it fun. The danger and novelty of it! I just drove from Orange County to Santa Barbara and back on PCH and 101 a few days ago. Beautiful drive. Lots of Teslas and Range Rovers parked in front (back?) of the oceanfront homes. I want to be rich and drive cool cars! Too bad I went into science.

    • 0 avatar
      David Walton

      That pic is taken above Monaco / Monte Carlo. I’m not sure if it lies within the principality or not (never been). Our resident world traveler Demuro is an expert on the area, however, so he may weigh in. If you watch the first vid, you may recognize some scenery from the intro of GoldenEye. That general area overlooking the harbor is where the Top Gear “Best Road in the World” bit featuring the Green GT3 RS, Orange Superleggera, and Yellow Vantage racer began.

      • 0 avatar
        SilverCoupe

        I will second David, that is Monaco. So is the view you see on the first video before you click it. The weird thing is, that same black Mercedes SLS AMG roadster shown on the left in the video still by the Hotel Paris was there when we stopped by last fall, or at least an identical one, as I took a photo of it.

        To avoid the costs associated with Monaco, we stayed in Eze, a medieval town on top of the rock cliff in the background of the first photo. Gotta say, driving around in a rental Golf was not quite the same as what you see in those videos, but it was still well worth it.

  • avatar
    JuniperBug

    Two weeks ago, the morning after returning from Germany, I decided to drive 1,000 miles over two days through Adirondack Park into Pennsylvania and back to Montreal in my ’99 Miata, on twice the factory rate springs. Although the official reason was to get cheap tires in the US (which I could’ve gotten 60 miles from home in Plattsburgh), the actual reason was that I just wanted to drive (and throw in a visit to a long-lost blonde in PA).

    During the first day, I covered over 500 miles through torrential rain, overcast skies, and blue-skied-sunshine, all with the top down (it’s amazing how virtually no rain will get in the car as long as you keep moving above 45 MPH), and not touching the interstate. Highlights included a bear running across my path, as well as a flock of deer grazing just off the road’s edge.

    I don’t know how punishing those squashed Bugs are, but my non-A/C, non-roofed car with roll-up windows and base stereo on its harder suspension, and engine revving at around 4,000 RPM all day, proved to be a joy in that environment. Sometimes you just have to get out and find some nice roads, and thankfully those are still in abundance in the US if you’re willing to seek them out.

    • 0 avatar
      David Walton

      I drove an NB for awhile in high school. My lightly modified car is similar in a lot of ways, but some of the ones in that video are pretty hardcore – monoballs, deleted AC, half cages. It demands a certain person to drive a car like that on a Grand Tour. We’re both probably that type of person, however.

      Thank you for reading!

  • avatar
    probert

    Wow!! I find it frustrating to be stuck behind one of these things as the owner weaves at 20 mph while texting, but a whole string of them? Should be called – Worlds Most Deadly Cruise”.

    I didn’t see the latte support vehicle but I’ll assume it was a modified Cayenne.

  • avatar
    CougarXR7

    My ’72 Delta 88 convertible would make the ultimate road trip car. Big torquey 455 with highway-geared rear end, staring out over that huge expanse of hood while planted on the sofalike front bench seat, top down with the sun shining on my face. Now… if only ‘d get my ass out to the garage and fix the timing chain…

    By the way- if you go to Youtube, there’s a poster by the name of Zulender or Zuelender1980, something like that. He’s posted a whole series of videos showing him touring different parts of the European Alps in his 69-72 ( can’t remember which ) Corvette with a factory LS5 big block and 4-speed.

  • avatar

    Last summer, my wife and I picked up a tired, Golf TDI at Heathrow and hit the continent, bound for Pretzsche-Elbe, about an hour outside Berlin.

    The drive wasn’t epic in the sense of Top Gear, but it was 2 days drive either way, on the Autobahn, where drivers still outnumber operators (there’s a difference).

    In Pretzsche, we pulled into the largest Mitsubishi owner meet in Germany in that dowdy rental – Elbetreffen – and spent the weekend with our German, gearhead brothers and sisters.

    Good times. Definitely going to do again, but also want to run Shitbox Rally down under. Here’s to automotive adventure.

  • avatar
    mattfarah

    I’m about to do a similar Grand Tour next week. I got a 2014 BMW M6 (with a stick!) and I’m going to Copenhagen, Angelholm, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Nurburgring, Munich, Lucerne, Geneva, Interlaken, and back to Munich, 2,000 + miles to make a film. We’re driving the ‘Ring in caged BRZ’s, and doing all kinds of cool shit along the way. The grandest of tours it will be.

    • 0 avatar
      David Walton

      Matt,

      Would you like to switch places? I’m sitting in a cubicle right now…

      I’ll be looking forward to the videos.

      And thank you very much for reading!

    • 0 avatar
      SilverCoupe

      Matt, don’t forget to stop in BMW Welt in Munich if you get the chance.

      We just did Nuremburg, Rothenberg, Munich, Mittenwald, Fussen, Zurich last month. We are more Audi than BMW folk, and we had a rental A3 on this trip, but we thought that BMW Welt was a more worthy stop than Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt. It’s quite an impressive building. They were driving a ’50′s Isetta around the building the day we were there, and I have a nice photo of it passing in front of a beautiful burnt orange M6.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      I picked up my 328i Touring in ’11 and did Munich-Stuttgart-Berlin-Stockholm-Helsinki-Stockholm-Trollhatten-Copenhagen-Hamburg-Amsterdam-Brussels-Paris. Trip of a lifetime over 3 weeks, managed to hit the BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, both Saab Museums, and the Ralph Lauren car collection exhibit in Paris.

  • avatar
    Luke42

    I had completely that people romanticized this kind of road trip this way…

    Having done several Great American Roattrips in a variety of vehicles, my first choice for a road trip is the minivan (comfortable, efficient, lots of cargo space), followed by the Prius (efficient, reliable), followed by whatever vehicle I happen to have at hand.

    Its hard to imagine a vehicle with less cargo capacity than the Prius being usable on a road trip. Unless you travel alone, and carry a credit card, but that sounds like the business travel slog.

    I’m a engineer with a recently completed MBA, so I probably could cross the barrier into exotic car ownership if I wanted to, but I don’t get it. Probably because I’m a family man, which means that mass-market cars actually are objectively better engineered for my purposes (and across a huge number of criteria) than any road legal race car, even before you consider price.

    That’s just me. I just wanted to point out that the author assumed quite a bit about where the audience is coming from. We don’t all romanticize exotic cars of European vacations. I’ve had enough of an hand in maintaining pieces of $100k+ custom lab equipment that I really don’t see why I’d want to take on that challenge for a car, especially when the alternatives are cheaper and better engineered for safety and utility. Yeah, boring is part of the package that you can’t option away, but I’m OK with that. :-)

    • 0 avatar
      racer193

      You sir are boring! You make it sound as if he was writing this piece just for you to pick apart. As a person who will probably never own anything more exotic than a volvo s60 or get to go on a euro driving vacation, articles like this stir my imagination and imagine what it could be like to do those things. If you have no sense of adventure please try not to ruin it for others.

      • 0 avatar
        Luke42

        I really just needed to call the author out on his assumptions. The coolness of traipsing across Europe with expensive specialized equipment and a bunch of rich people is not self evident – that doesn’t sound like an adventure, that sounds like all of the things that annoy me about my job.

        I do have a sense of adventure. I just got back from camping through the Rockies with my son, my brother and his family, and some other family members, and that was a great road trip.

        I don’t normally post on these kind of articles, since luxury cars and exotic cars just are pretty far from my automotive interests. But, the best way to do a road trip *is* my think, and the author’s assumption that we’d all drool over this trip the way he does needs to be called out.

        Anyway, I’m glad you enjoy fantasizing about this stuff…!

        To me, the kind of road trip described in this piece is something to do with that $100k toy you bought, rather than the best way to do it. I’d like to suggest two better/cheaper/more fun ways to do this kind of road trip. The first is motorcycles – they’re cheaper, more accessible, more thrilling, easier to service on the road, and being out in the weather lets you experience a place more deeply than any ‘cage. The other way to do this better/cheaper is the humble minivan (or club car), which is the ideal road trip vehicle, if you intend to go places and do stuff with people.

        Again, if you just want to carve corners in an exotic car, that does sound like fun. Actually crossing part of a continent in a a car full of specialized components with stiff suspension and limited kid friendliness really sounds like a slog, though.

        Again, the main intent of my comment was mostly to inform the author of a disconnect he has with part of the audience. I’m sure “touring” in exotic cars has a place in the universe. It’s appeal is just not universal, and it’s hardly a road trip as defined by the American middle class.

        • 0 avatar
          Lie2me

          Part of a vacation is escaping our everyday lives and to experience something that isn’t “us” and what we do day in and day out. For some, camping is a good way to do that, but for others ditching the grocery getter, kid haulin’, stuck in traffic mini-cuv-van is very appealing. The fact is, these non-kid friendly, impractical machines exist to let the driver know there’s more to driving then getting the rug-rats from point A to B and they don’t pretend to be anything else. Driving an exotic car in far away places appeals to a part of me that for practical reasons remains dormant most of the time. Letting that side out for a little exercise is what a trip like this is all about

    • 0 avatar
      Sam P

      Luke,

      If you ever get the chance to drive a German sports car or sports sedan – even a pedestrian 328i or A4 Quattro with the sport package & suspension – over some of the fun roads in the Cascades or the Rockies, you might understand the appeal of taking a road trip in a car engineered for excellent high-speed handling.

      I did Seattle – Glacier National Park last summer in my BMW 330i. With side trips, it was close to 1500 miles. I stayed off the Interstate as much as possible and stuck to scenic roads like Highway 2. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

      FWIW, I went to Banff this year in a Jeep Liberty CRD. There wasn’t a second when I didn’t miss the power, handling, and excellent seats in the BMW, especially when the threat of a late May snowstorm never materialized.

      • 0 avatar
        Luke42

        I tried to maintain a Volkswagen once. It was a hoot to drive through the Appalachian mountains, when it ran. It was a financial disaster to own, though.

        I want to like Audi, but paying even more for a VAG product just seems like throwing bad money after bad.

        As for a BMW, I won’t be seen in a BMW. After the way BMW drivers have treated me in traffic, I don’t want to be associated with that no matter how the car drives. And that has always defined the brand for me more than anything else, so I’d never enjoy driving one, regardless of how it actually drives. Also, the BMWs that I’ve ridden in haven’t made much of an impression, except for the interior wood paneling. And some drivers stress out so much about the possibility of a scratch that they park over two spots – that’s just not a stress I need in my life. And paying twice the price for those benefits? I’d rather turn wrenches on a 10 year old Toyota – it’s much less stress than owning a high-dollar car which doesn’t have any compelling benefits for me personally.

        The closest I’ll consider is Tesla, but that’s more out of a fascination with the new tech that’s under the hold than anything. Tesla does actually offer me something that I value that I can’t get in a mass-market car, and doesn’t carry a ton of brand-related baggage either.

        Anyway, this really just isn’t my scene. I almost never read exotic car articles, much less comment.

        The fact that I don’t get it shouldn’t your all’s problem.

        But, hey, the title said “road trip”, which actually is something that I care about a lot. I guess the author was trying to connect with a wider demographic by calling an excuse to carve corners in road-legal race cars that cost as much as a house in the Midwest a “road trip”… If that’s what you want to do, that’s great – just don’t call or something it ain’t.

    • 0 avatar
      Buckshot

      You are not talking about a road trip, you are talking transport.
      A roadtrip should be done with an interesting car, on interesting roads. Whether it is with a Ferrari or a Miata is not important. If it´s to Monaco or to Västervik (small town in Sweden)is not important. And you don´t carry all of your belongings with you. Less is better.
      If you have small children i understand that this is not the time for a roadtrip.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    I enjoyed this… Thanks

  • avatar
    CanuckinPA

    My wife and I plan on doing a Euro road trip in a year or two when we do the Volvo European delivery

    • 0 avatar
      David Walton

      I am sorely tempted to do a similar Euro delivery road trip, perhaps in 2014 or 2015.

      As much as the commentariat believes I’m a Porsche fanboi, it wouldn’t be in a Porsche. Instead, something a bit more … Italian.

      • 0 avatar
        roadscholar

        This summer I had the chance to visit BMW Welt in Munich and see the BMW birthing center delivering shiny new Beemers to proud parents. It was quite the sight and fun to watch. Rented an X5M for two hours and hit the autobahn for some WOT action….wow! You can rent any BMW car by the hour as long as it’s not spoken for. It’s Disneyworld for BMW lovers….amazing place.

  • avatar
    Cerbera LM

    My ‘epic’ road trip was in ’98 in a ’94 Integra GS-R. 6600 miles in 16 days.

    Friday, learn our company was getting bought out and it will take effect in two weeks. Ask the boss if I can take the next two weeks off, he approves. Quick run to the library to look up good western driving roads in old C&D’s and I decide to see the Grand Canyon.

    Leave the next morning for Flagstaff. See both rims of the Grand Canyon, go to Long Beach for a free bed. The drive down 89A – 89 was traffic free and was able to keep up a good pace.

    Up US 1 to Monterey, then over to Yosemite. Drive into Montana so I could travel at reasonable and prudent speeds. Get zapped doing 95 and the cop doesn’t care. Go to Yellowstone. Take the Beartooth highway out of Yellowstone, stop to see the parents before returning home.

    Glad I did it when I could, because I never had another chance to do another 2 week road trip like this.

    Map Part 1: http://goo.gl/9m12tz
    Map Part 2: http://goo.gl/maps/IMQ65

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    http://www.smugmug.com/photos/215854775-L.jpg

    My obligatory autobahn photo with a 115 hp Focus 1.8 TDCi. GPS had the speed at 115 instead of the indicated 120.

    https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pUQ9o2QDNi_EPvKXUOyVkCQ&oid=1&output=image

    Speed chart for my run from Leipzig and Frankfurt. In 3 days of autobahn driving, this is the only time I averaged more then 70 mph. Light Saturday traffic and a plenty of three lane autobahn allowed for 53 minutes of 100+ mph in over three hours of driving.

    1:38 spent going 30-39 mph, 11:08 going 40-49, 21:52 going 50-59, 23:40 going 60-69, 21:30 going 70-79, 27:34 going 80-89, 19:30 going 90-99, 34:06 going 100-109 and 18:22 going 110+.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      I managed 105mph average between Stuttgart and Berlin. Could have done better but was limited by 4500rpm running in limit. That was on a Sunday though. Puttgarten-Hamburg-Amsterdam on a weekday in light rain average speeds were no better than in the US. Either 100mph or crawling in jams with nose to tail trucks.

      • 0 avatar

        You’re using the slang of our Mother Country there (“running in”).

        One of my dreams would be to do a trip like this–but on older European roads, in a Peugeot 404 wagon, like my family of origin did in the summer of ’66.

        Another, which may actually become a reality, is to drive around the US over about 5 weeks. I haven’t driven across the country since ’74, and I haven’t crossed the country by surface since ’75, when I did it on my (Peugeot) bicycle.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Excellent. Fracking. Article. Really makes me want to travel. The question on my mind is when are you going to put your 911 on a container ship and join the Jackal’s tour, Mr. Walton?

    Also

    “Be forewarned: This post contains some Porsche content.”

    I see what you did there.

    • 0 avatar
      David Walton

      28,

      I’m more likely to purchase something and do European delivery. Not a Porsche, however.

      We shall see.

      • 0 avatar
        krhodes1

        I find it amusing that most makes that do Euro delivery give you a nice discount for doing it, except Porsche. They charge extra. Wankers.

        Something Italian you mention – do say? I am hoping for an Alfa comeback, would LOVE to do Euro delivery on something to replace my FIAT 500 Abarth in a couple years.

  • avatar
    ajla

    “we esteem those transcontinental slogs made in cars suitable for the occasion, the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins…”

    Ah, but the true road trip connoisseur such as myself choses no less than the 1993 Pontiac Grand Am for such endeavors.

    GT trim, naturally.

  • avatar
    crxrex

    First road trip….me, my CRX, my good buddy and his Integra GSR and 10,000 kms of open road…..

    Lots of photos and a pretty good write up too (by him, not me).

    http://alavigne.net/Outdoors/TripReports/RoadTrip1998/

    Cheers,
    Crxrex

  • avatar
    Zekele Ibo

    In the late 90s I bought a (then) 9-year-old 60hp Fiat Uno (with the optional 1.1 litre engine rather than the standard 45hp 903cc one!) from someone in Glasgow (Scotland), and I drove it as far as Milan (Italy), via France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

    In 4th gear you could get it up to 100mph, I remember going through the Mont-Blanc tunnel at 5am at over 90mph, overtaking trucks – highly illegal and outrageously dangerous, especially as my UK-spec car had the steering wheel on the wrong side. (No speed camera in those days!)

    The car was a completely inappropriate choice in many ways, but so much fun to drive, so light and surprisingly rapid (I think Fiat used reconstituted pasta instead of steel for body panels in those days, it was so light).

    I’m older now, but I still have plans to relive the trip – although in a different car. Ideally an Abarth 500, I think!

  • avatar
    pragmatist

    Road trips are pretty much the only trips I take. I fly only for my occasional business travel, but the rest of the time I actually SEE the country by traveling with wheels on the ground.

    For quite a few years (about 15) I traveled in a 71 Chevy camper, but I eventually got bitten by the Jeep bug and drove my 89 Wrangler cross country in ’08 (and discovered some seriously challenging back ‘roads’ in the process).

    This year was no exception with a 2200 mile round trip from NJ to Michigan including a couple days of offroading at Drummond Island Jeep Jamboree. I might do northern Vermont later in the fall or winter.

  • avatar
    Sam P

    My next road trip will most likely be from Seattle to Jasper National Park in my BMW 3-series.

    It may be mainstream compared to a 911, but there’s just something about the way a German car* handles in high-speed sweeping corners and low-speed hairpins in the Cascades & the Rockies.

    *I’m sure I’d have just as much fun – if not more – in an Acura NSX.

  • avatar
    -Nate

    Terrific comments ! .

    Tad told me ” Old Guys driving slow cars too fast is cool ” ~ I agree .
    Whatever vehicle it is that floats your boat , go drive it far and wide .

    -Nate

  • avatar
    mr_min

    About 15years ago I did a 4000km/2500mile road trip from Melbourne, Australia to a place called Leigh Creek in a 1967 Morris Mini. At least 500-600 miles was dirt/gravel roads. Although 60mph @4000rpm might sound like torture, I never felt tired or suffered from lack of attention to the road.
    Worse part of trip was running into the locust/grasshopper swarm and turning the entire front of the car bug spattered green/yellow.
    I carried quite a lot of spares, but the only damage was lots of stones chips and a broken speedo cable 500miles from home, the Tacho took care of that issue.
    Plenty of scope down under for roadtrips.
    I also road tripped across the Nullarbor, another memorable trip.
    Whilst I think the type of car can be factor in an epic road trip, its not everything. I recall a road trip in a 1.2l Rover 200 with 2 mates through England that was also brilliant.

  • avatar
    daviel

    Don’t you think a Chrysler 300 would suffice for a grand tour?

  • avatar
    philipbarrett

    Luke has a point, the greatest trip in the most self-indulgent car is easily eclipsed by an average ride on an average motorcycle. Persig said it best; in a car you watch the world through the television set of your windshield, on a motorcycle you are a part of the world.

  • avatar
    Redshift

    Entertaining article, and great pictures. (Even if it is Porsche heavy.)
    I’m a road trip fan and we try to do one significant road trip every year.
    Since you asked for some stories (although I’m nowhere near the writer my better half is)
    In the last few years:
    2010 my now fiance (then girlfriend) and I loaded up my 2004 RX8 and went to the Deals Gap Rotary Rally. (Largest rotary engine vehicle meet on the east coast. Usually numbering around 200+ cars.) From Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to Deals Gap is about 1600 miles each way. Plus some driving and side trips, call it 4000 miles in 6 days. Car didn’t miss a beat.

    2011 we went back, but brought a 1985 RX7 GSL-SE and a 93 RX7 R1 (with single turbo conversion, 4 pt cage and more) in the caravan with us, meeting up with 3 more RX7s in Pennsylvania. Our group of 3 split the “Farthest Driver” award for the year.
    On that trip, we got up on Sunday morning and joined about 30 other Rotary cars to caravan down to Road Atlanta for The Mitty, as Mazda was the feature marquee and Jim Downing was the grand marshal. Did the Mazda corral and participated in the Mazda parade lap (about 170 cars) where they tried to set a Mazdas on track at once record, before driving back to our cabin near Deal’s Gap that day.
    None of the cars missed a beat. We did some extra side trips, so that one was about 5000 miles in 7 days. The only casualty was a lot of dead dinosaurs being turned into plant food.

    2012 we didn’t have much time, and a friend came with us, so we took our 2012 WRX and we just took 3 days and did Halifax to Lime Rock for the Grand-Am finale so that we could see the RX8s off into the sun-set. (We had flown down to the Daytona 24 hour to start the season, and wanted to book-end it.) My fiance had an automotive column in the newspaper at the time, and turned this race into what sort of became the definitive article on the RX8 Grand-Am program. (Her story got picked up by the social media arms of Grand-Am, MazdaSpeed Motorsports, SpeedSource and others.) That one, with some side trips, was about 1800 miles in 3 days.

    2013 it was just us again, so back to the RX8 but we wanted to be a little more leisurely. We took 8 days, and went from Halifax to Watkins Glen for the Shalen’s 6 Hour Grand-Am race and spent some time with the great people in the Mazda Owner’s Corral. We had a couple of off days, and due to rain etc. we retreated to NYC for a couple of days, then experienced our first US 4th of July with some friends in Connecticut and then back to Lime Rock for the American LeMans race that weekend.

    As an interesting (to me) bit of trivia, just over 1/3rd of the total mileage on my 04 RX8 (03 build original boat load to North America pre-ordered car) is from 4 road trips. The 2 trips to DGRR, a trip to Mt. Tremblant, Quebec for an HPDE event and this recent trip to Watkins and Lime Rock.

  • avatar
    Shipwright

    Myself and three members of our local Mustang Club are planning a massive 2 car road trip next Spring. I’ll be driving my 780 hp ’08 Grabber Orange GT500 soft top (it’s not an exotic car but it’s got exotic car power) and the other car is a semi stock 330 hp ’06 GT, also a soft top. The four of us will be leaving the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), NS on April 1st (no joke) 2014 heading to LA, California. On our way there we’ll be making stops at Portsmouth, New Stanton, St Louis, Shamrock, Flagstaff, Vegas (Yeah Baby) and finally arriving in LA on the 8th of April.

    In LA we’ll join up with the start of Mustangs Across America (MAA) cruise on the 10th and leisurely cruise back east. We’ll be stopping in Phoenix, Las Cruces, Midland, Dallas, Jackson, Atlanta arriving in Charlotte on the 16th where we’ll meet up with the rest of our Club (and my wife in her ’73 Mach 1). We’ll be arriving just in time to join into the big birthday bash celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang being held at the speedway located in Charlotte.

    After the festivities are completed (and dropping off my passenger) my wife and I will be turning our cars north and head up to Eastern Ontario, Canada, to visit family. Once they have had enough of my company we’ll go back home to Nova Scotia.

    Total trip time for me comes to about five weeks and somewhere between 8-9,000+ miles.

    it won’t be all driving, there will be plenty of opportunity to stop or take short side trips. Particularly on the east and homeward bound leg of the trip. We’ve been planning this trip for several years and I’m really looking forward to my Great American Tour.

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      Redshift

      Shipwright: That sounds like an incredible trip. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it for everything it will offer and make the most of it.
      I want to do something similar to go to SevenStock one of these years.

      Not sure what the odds are that people from Halifax posted back to back, but nice to see.
      Chances are I’ve seen your car around. Small community here.

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    jim brewer

    Well, I actually did take a thousand mile road trip with a V-12 automobile, although I never realized it was supposed to be some kind of bucket-list aspiration. I bought a late 90′s 750 BMW before the crash, when they were giving away such cars. Thought the trip would be a good way to give my daughter with her new learner’s permit road trip experience.

    Simply drove as close as I could on a rhumb-line to our destination. Two lane almost the whole way. Gas prices had spiked and almost no one was on the roads during the weekday except a few commercial trucks. I remember telling daughter in my fatherly way how to pass the semi on a two lane road. “Check for traffic, signal, accelerate brisky and pull in after you see the front wheels in your rear-view mirror” We cleared the front bumper at about 100 mph accelerating from a little over 60….

    My kid still complains about that trip since I made her do almost all of the driving. She also complains about the trip into the rockies. Not everyone gets nostalgic about jumping in a fun car and driving to a new destination.


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