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Old 11-16-2009, 09:20 AM   #1
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This is pretty bitchin'. In 1941, two Argentineans got a hair up their asses to drive their model-t speedster from Buenos Aires to New York. They gathered some dough from some sponsors like Excelsior, Fairchild, and Raid, packed their little speedste...

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Old 11-16-2009, 09:27 AM   #2
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pretty kool, should had ended story with, no word "yet" if they made it home, they could had taken the long route.
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:21 AM   #3
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That's kickass.
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That is a great story!!!! Wonder how long the whole trip took them? Henry must have thought it was good enough to dislodge him from his office too!! I totally dig the route map painted on the tail of the car!!
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:44 AM   #5
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Great photo/post.
"Raid" isn't a sponsor, it describes a trip of great distance in a car, usually trans-continental, by people from somewhere else.

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Old 11-16-2009, 10:47 AM   #6
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Great photo/post.
"Raid" isn't a sponsor, it describes a trip of great distance in a car, usually trans-continental, by people from somewhere else.

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Of course it does. I'm a dumbass. Thanks for the correction!
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:06 AM   #7
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Very Cool....

Dem Dudes are Crazy...inna good way!

I bet thats a longassed drive in todays standards/road conditions/technology let alone in a Model T Speedster....
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:19 AM   #8
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a few months ago i started taking Argentine Tango lessons, tango started in Buenos Aires, so i have been thinking of going there within the next year, maybe i should drive, maybe my 55 fairlane with a y-block?
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:25 AM   #9
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Several years ago I met a couple at a local show that were doing the same thing in a 29 Essex sedan bone stock! They were driving to Alaska,had a baby on the way & another while still on the road back.They have written a book (Follow your dream) I thinks its called,I have it here somewhere.

This guy knew nothing about cars let alone an Essex & still had the desire to sell everything & see the country. Amazing story!
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:41 AM   #10
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thats awsome. If you like these kind of stories, try to fine a copy of "Cross country in a curved dash Olds" It gives a lot of early car history along with the trip.
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:06 PM   #11
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not to be redundant , as i think it's been mentioned on the board before, but "Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip" is a great flick from PBS and is in a similar vein.

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Get set for an adventure that marked a new era in America! Film-maker Ken Burns presents the hilarious 1903 saga of the first transcontinental automobile trip. On a visionary whim and a $50 bet, Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson became the first person to drive an automobile across the continent. His arrival in New York City, after every imaginable breakdown and delay, proved that the "horseless carriage" really did have a future

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Old 11-16-2009, 01:02 PM   #12
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Rad! Those guys are heros.
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:39 PM   #13
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great story! must have been a great road trip. and meeting Henry ford wow!
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:44 PM   #14
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Good Stuff! I love stories like that....mostly on a rainy sleeting monday when I question myself....."I would rather be......!"


I see a good post for best road trips!
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They had to use a boat to get from Columbia to Panama City. There was no through road then and there still isn't. It is physically impossible to cross the Darien rain forest on wheels.

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Balls!
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Several years ago I met a couple at a local show that were doing the same thing in a 29 Essex sedan bone stock! They were driving to Alaska,had a baby on the way & another while still on the road back.They have written a book (Follow your dream) I thinks its called,I have it here somewhere.

This guy knew nothing about cars let alone an Essex & still had the desire to sell everything & see the country. Amazing story!
Hey Mike... The car is a Graham-Paige. Their trip is amazing! My dad has a '29 GP 610 and I bought him that book this year. He's still reading it, but absolutely loves it. That trip they took is an inspiration.







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Old 11-16-2009, 03:43 PM   #18
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I've been a big fan of these crazy trips... Here's one i'm especially fond of because it involves taking an amphibious Willys Jeep around the world... including floating it across the oceans. HUGE BALLS...

The Jeep's name was "Half-Safe"...

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http://members.iinet.com.au/~daveb/h.../halfsafe.html





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They had to use a boat to get from Columbia to Panama City. There was no through road then and there still isn't. It is physically impossible to cross the Darien rain forest on wheels.

Al

I would've thought so too... but Mark A. Smith did it in a Jeep back in the 70's. I heard it was HELL to get through. Like moving inches a day at some points...





Smith is by nature a person who seeks to explore the world and find adventures. He led the 1978-1979 Expedicion de las Americas, a 20,000-mile, 120-day odyssey from the bottom of South America to the top of North America, crossing the infamous Darien Gap. The Darien Gap is the section of land between Panama and Columbia where the Pan-American Highway has yet to connect through the jungle. The area is dense road-less jungle, which has only been traversed successfully by vehicle in a joint effort of the British Military and Columbian Military in 1972. Smithís group of 16 North Americanís is the only organized private group to traverse the distance. Smithís group worked with the indigenous Choco and three Columbians to traverse the Gap. It took them 30 days to work their way through the jungle and by the time they had made it through the path they had cleared at the beginning of their journey had already grown over.
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a joint effort of the British Military and Columbian Military in
The military must have hauled the jeep under a Sky Crane helicopter.
I worked in the Darien jungle from 1967 - '69. I don't believe it's possible to cross with the wheels on the ground. It might be possible on the beaches except for the river crossings. In 1972 it would have been 200 miles of one of the densest rain forest in the world.

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