As I mentioned in the last post, we had an appointment this morning with Hemming’s Motor News for a visit and tour of their Bennington, VT facility’s. Terry McGean, the Editor-in-Chief, met us and gave us a great private tour of the car museum and offices….this was one of the highlights of our world tour. In addition, we discussed the world tour with several of his people followed by a photo shoot of the Roadster, as well as photo’s of us driving on a road bypass near the office…..all in all a fantastic visit. Thanks Terry……
I forgot to include the photo in yesterdays post …..we just happened to glance down at the speedometer while stopped at a stop sign in the Boston area and couldn’t believe our eyes….the odometer was at exactly 12,000 miles
The Roadster odometer turning 12,000 miles in MA since beginning the World Tour in Japan
Below are a few photo’s of our Hemming’s visit
The Hemmings Auto Museum
A very unique Brewster Body Ford, complete with Woodlite headlights. The grill is one of the most stylish you will see on any car
This is the Dodge panel truck they have used in several Great Race events….beautiful panel truck!!
Terry McGean doing some closeup photos of the Roadster
More photos….note the large tractor in the background…
We left Bennington around noon and once again hit the Yellowstone Trail heading west….beautiful drive the rest of the day along New York Highway #5….the leaves are just starting to turn and the lakes and ponds made it picture perfect.
The Roadster is running great with no problems other than a very dirty air cleaner, which we found at a local NAPA Auto Store and replaced this afternoon.
We’re spending the night in Seneca Falls, NY…..had some great local micro brew….life is good!!!
We spent Monday and Tuesday around the Boston area visiting some of the local Sotheby’s International Real Estate offices…we really enjoyed the opportunity to share some of our world tour experiences as well as answer questions about the world trip from the local office people. Today Sotheby’s is an international real estate company and the Today Sotheby’s office in San Carlos, CA is sponsoring this website….thanks Jim and Buddy!!
We finished up the office visits around 1:30pm today, said goodbye to Buddy and and his brother Tom Saupe and his Ferrari, (Buddy is the Director of Marketing for the Sotheby’s office in San Carlos, CA) and headed west to Bennington, VT for an interview tomorrow morning with Hemmings Motor News…..it will be great to see their offices and meet the people that put out the publication that is “The Bible” for car guys! The photo’s below give you an idea of our last couple days…
Plymouth Rock….the start of the YT and Leg #3 of our World Tour
The New England Tour Gang!!! These guys can be dangerous ….that’s all I can say here!!!!!!
Departure From Plymouth Rock at the harbor in front of “The Rock”
60 years of technology…my 1928 Plymouth and Tom Saupe’s 1988 Ferrari in front of the Doubletree Hilton in Westborough, MA
The Mayflower II….a replica of the orignial. Can you believe this carried around 150 passengers on the original voyage !
So that’s it for now….it’s been a great few days around the Boston area, but it’s time for Luke and I to hit the road west. That said, I’d like to thank the New England Tour Gang for showing us such a great time and Mark Mowbray and John Ridge of the Yellowstone Trail organization for all their hard work in giving us the latest YT maps for our westward world tour journey….thanks guys!
This is John back on the blog after a few weeks off waiting for the Roadster to arrive in NYC, after shipping from Copenhagen, we are beginning Leg 3 – the final episode of our World Auto Tour adventure!!!
Luke and I flew into Newark, NJ last Thursday evening and picked up the Roadster Friday morning in a nearby shipping warehouse. The car looked great, with the exception of a broken wing on the radiator mascot, so it handled the 12 day container voyage without any serious problems. After completing the final paperwork, I went to start it….turned the ignition key and nothing; tried the headlights and no lights…I thought great, dead battery. Turns out that someone had disconnected the battery cable, so hooked that up and the old girl fired up after a little coaxing. As we were driving it out of the warehouse I smelled raw gas, so made a quick check and found a leak in the rubber gas line…solved that by cutting out a small section of the hose that was cracked and reattached….problem solved. It was then back on the road for a 4 hour drive north to Plymouth, MA….the beginning of the Yellowstone Trail.
Traffic wasn’t to bad until we hit the George Washington Bridge where everything became a slow crawl for the next hour before things cleared out.From there on it was relatively smooth sailing to Plymouth. That said, I can’t wait till we get on the back roads once again. Interstates are not my thing!! On Saturday, we got the oil changed on the Roadster by a local mobile mechanic and Luke installed the new load leveler shocks. I can’t believe after trying to get these shocks into Russia three different times with no success they are finally on the car. The result is a greatly improved ride so life is good – better late than never. That night we met up with the San Francisco Sotheby’s group and friends for a great Leg 3 kickoff dinner. By the way, the fresh local lobster was great and the local Mayflower IPA micro brew was outstanding.
The official start was today and a great time, so I’ll post some pics tomorrow.