What would you drive?

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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,


About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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2 Responses to What would you drive?

  1. Bill Whitmore says:

    NO QUESTION: The Thomas Flyer…. slightly modified to include…. secretely installed air conditioner…. a small wine cooler with regularly supplied delights … an icemaker for evening festivities…. fresh-daily period attire. And, of course, and an on-call massuese.

  2. TBC says:

    I would pick a 1931 Model A Ford Roadster. In sunny weather, I’d put down the top, in rainy weather … NOT. Is has few parts to repair, and they are manageable. The clearance is excellent for those wonderful roads in Russia and parts west into Europe. It’s jaunty, and it can go fast, believe it or not. I’d call it Montague after my dad’s car that I drove when I was 16 over back country dirt roads that needed high clearance.

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