My latest adventure last year driving the Iowa Red Flag Tour. It was my “new build” trial run and the speedster performed great!! This is a 4 day driving event for cars 1927 and older. It’s a really great tour traveling thru some great very picturesque Iowa countryside….you should check it out!!
My two friends from Iowa (Rory and Tom) and I built this Speedster from left over parts from the 28 Plymouth Roadster I drove around the world. It’s got a flat head six DeSoto engine, overdrive transmission, steel disk wheels from a early 20’s Dodge and whatever parts I had lying around from misc other antique cars…..it runs really great and is a blast to drive…..cruises very comfortably at 60 mph, which is fast enough in this thing.
Once things get safer in the world I plan on a couple new adventures up to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, down the Saint Laurence Seaway and up into Northern Canada.
The other trip will be to drive the Transamerica Trail (TAT), which is an all gravel and dirt road/trail across the US….
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we drove out of Yokohama to start following the tire tracks of George Schuster and the other 1908 Great Racers. Here’s a revisit of our send-off from Yokohama Tower:
Send-Off from Yokohama, Saturday, May 10, 2014 (Eileen Bjorkman photo)
I wonder how different our trip would be if we were doing it today? When we started in 2014, the situation in Ukraine was still relatively new, and it had little impact on our travels. A year later, nearly 70 world leaders just snubbed the V-E Day celebration in Moscow and sanctions are straining relations between Russia and the U.S. and our allies. I hate to think that politics could have ruined our trip, but I’m glad we went a year ago!
I also wanted to let everyone know that I am beginning work on my book proposal again very soon. I started a new job and moved in January, so that put me a bit behind, but I also wanted to get some distance from the trip to help me put our experiences into the proper perspective.
In the meantime, best wishes to half of the 2014 team, John and Leo, as they embark on a new adventure around the Great Lakes!