This page is the place to find all about my upcoming driver’s holiday project from planning to preparing to experiencing it to documenting it! Whew. For this project I will be using just four things: 1) A map to layout the route, c’man I thought that would have been obvious, 2) websites listing car show along the proposed route, 3) availability of nearest Americana using Road Trip America by Andrew Wood, and finally 4) best available driving roads based on motor enthusiasts. Also, I’ll happily include suggestions from readers for the best in BBQ-hush puppies-Alpine slides-Americana.
I tried this last year, and didn’t make much headway. I’d recently purchased a Golf R, and wanted to hit the open road, and put it through its paces. Life had other ideas, and that came in the way of my pooch developing a knee issue which on our bodies would be the ACL. I say issue in a singular sense, but as soon as he recovered from the first surgery on his left leg he then proceeded to show signs of the same issue on his right leg. So with hourly monitoring for the first few weeks after each surgery my window had closed that Fall. And no regrets, my pooch is now up and around, and full of energy. A lot of energy, really. Anywho, back on point.
When you think about it who doesn’t like the idea of a road trip? And honestly, if you like driving then the idea of taking a road trip, and turning it into a driving holiday has got to appeal to the motor enthusiast to some degree in all of us, right? My “brilliant” if not a wholly original idea is to combine several elements, all sort of motor-centric, into a mini tour some region or regions in the US, and by doing do maybe the trip takes on a deeper meaning getting us back in touch with our motoring roots. Checking out some of the great roads that criss cross this country, but aren’t known as super highways or interstates. Taking these less traveled by-roads off the interstate we may glimpse into vestiges that harkens us back to our early motoring days when travel by car was a relatively new idea, and for that matter travel in general for a great majority of Americans in the early part of the twentieth century. A secondary goal in choosing these roads is that in initial rush to pave America to allow Henry Ford’s creation reach across the country, a straight line was not necessarily the fastest path. No, often it was the road that was created around barriers or impediments instead of removing said impediments. For example in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains roads were not initially cut through the hills, instead the cut back in a series of stitches up the side of the hill or resembled ribbon slowly enveloping the elevation. It will be these roads that I aim to sample and experience.
The next element after these type of primal roads will be stopping to see to classic Americana. Is it touristy, and does it smack of consumerism? Yes, yes it does. But answer me this, how many times in your daily life and modern life do you see someone who took the time to make the largest plaster and iron framed chicken or ketchup bottle? I’m guessing not that often. Sure, the creator’s initial intent was to drive traffic to their store or business. Now it’s sort of a roadside Smithsonian exhibit that will never see the inside of one of our national museums. Plus where else can you buy chotskeys like a wheel of bacon? Yes, I said it a wheel of bacon. Why? Why not I say.
Along the same lines of Americana it would be great to stop in on some of the iconic tracks as part of this trip that are spread cross this country whether they be speedways, motorways, dirt tracks or super speedways. Whether they race midgets, sprits, carts, trucks, drag vehicles, stock cars, open wheel racers or sports cars.
And since you’re going to be on the road traveling through towns large and small it would be great I think to experience car culture in the form of clubs whether it’s a Cars-N-Coffee or Weekly Cruise In or Annual Fest, I’m in!
So it will be just that a truly great experience or just a lot of damned driving. I’m betting on the former.
I think the amount of material on the internet and at my local club should be more than sufficient to arrive at a few choice roads to include in this project.