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The question for today is; what antique car (made before 1969) would you choose to rally around the world? A reporter asked me yesterday why I chose an uncomfortable little Beetle? As usual, I couldn’t sort out the true answer until he had already gone, so here is my reply. First, it’s all relative. The VW will be more comfortable than the 1914 Studebaker or the 1932 A-Model Ford. Maybe he really didn’t mean comfort. Maybe he meant that the little Beetle is dull, cheap, and common. No status. That’s true! But because of that, parts are available and people can do repairs. And happiness for me has nothing to do with comfort. I have been happy watching a sunset on a small, uncomfortable sailboat, or while in a crowded space in Paris. And wouldn’t it be spectacular if we could score (original meaning, not Marie-Claire’s meaning, page 66, The Long Road to Paris) reasonably well in such an ordinary under-powered thing? If I had unlimited money, would I have chosen the Beetle? Maybe not, I might have chosen something exotic and expensive, and taken along an army of mechanics to put the thing back together when rough roads tore it up. I’ve known people who do that. But the VW, frankly, is the least expensive way to go on the rally. So, what would you have chosen?
See you on the road to Paris,