In 1908, as George Schuster in the Thomas Flyer reached San Francisco,a pretty young mother stepped forward and gave him a tiny baby slipper wrapped in a small silk American flag, telling him to carry it for good luck. He stuck it in his coat’s breast pocket and kept it there the remainder of the race. Just in case something did happen to him, anyone who found his body would know he was part of the American team. This photo is the Flyer today, restored to the end of the 1908 race condition as displayed in the National Auto Museum, Reno, NV.
So what does this have to do with dirty books? Well, nothing really. But we also carried something precious across the first leg of this rally. Our novel. Not so noble as George, but important to us, none-the-less. Now here’s the dirty book part. To lighten the load for Stewball, we off-loaded two boxes of books into Dennis’s car trailer, which, for those who have been following the blog, know finally carried the Studebaker from Denver to San Francisco and then back to Goose Creek, S.C. On the way back, they blew out 6 tires and ran off the road into the median when a semi cause the heavy-ended trailer to fish-tail out of control. The worse damage was to 9 books that spilled out across the trailer when this happened. Good for Dennis, crew and the Studebaker.
Now, the books themselves are in good shape,just a little dusty on the inside but the covers are shop-worn. They’re really not dirty. So here’s the deal. We are offering these books as remembrances of the difficulties of this modern-day race and particularly those that the Studebaker team encountered. So if you want a real memento, we are offering these books at a discount AND will include the actual photo that became the cover and the photo from the first leg of the REAL 2008 event across the US that we took that followed all of the waypoints Schuster recorded in his personal diary (thanks to Jeff Mahl). This route included what are now ghost towns along the Atlantic/Pacific railroad and railroad tunnels as you will see. We will autograph these books as special keepsakes. We have 7 hardbacks and 2 paperback. You must place your order so we can ship before we leave for China June 3. The hardbacks are $22.00 and the paperbacks are $14.50, these prices include shipping.
We know these books won’t mean much to anyone who has not followed the blog but if you are interested you can contact us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org . Give us your shipping address and we will give you our address to send your check.
A real reminder of the trials and tribulations encountered even today on an adventure of this kind.
Jan and Ed