I’ll say up entrance that whereas I’m not actually somebody who seeks out particular roads, I’m a fan of highway journeys in basic vehicles. In reality, I’ve pushed a basic automobile of 1 kind or one other to Monterey for automobile week for years. Most of those I’ve finished solo, however at instances I’ve additionally had a good friend come alongside, which makes the journey that a lot better.
There is one thing fairly particular, even meditative, about this annjal journey to Monterey for me. Sure, it takes a bit of longer to get there, however this journey is an instance the place the journey and the vacation spot are of equal significance.
For many of those journeys I’ve lived on the East Coast, so they have an inclination to contain plenty of interstate driving and I have a tendency to choose vehicles that may finest accomplish that job. Does this make Interstate 80 my favourite highway?
The first time I did this drive, I headed to Monterey in my then new-to-me Ferrari Daytona. This was in 2002, and I didn’t doc the journey with any pictures. That being mentioned, with no site visitors in sight, I might correctly train the Daytona. Happily, I made it from Northern Virginia to Monterey with none points — or tickets.
Another time I began from the Chicago space in an Alfa Romeo GTV6. Again, the expanse of interstate 80 was an excessive amount of to withstand and I needed to let the Alfa stretch its legs a bit of. I used to be stopped in Wyoming, however solely obtained a warning. The automobile functioned flawlessly, the one concern being a gasoline cap that was damaged after I dropped it.
Another journey was within the 1966 Volvo 1800S I restored. I drove with my good friend and automotive historian and creator John Nikas from Connecticut to California. One factor I discovered on the journey that was that John was afraid of buffalo, which I actually needed to cease and pet.
We did have a minor concern — a generator failure — however John and I had been in a position to restore it in a Park City, Utah Marriott resort car parking zone.
My most up-to-date cross nation to Monterey journey was in my 1984 Porsche 944. This was a automobile that Peter from Lombardo Motorcars discovered me that was a real survivor. I had the timing belt, water pump, and engine mounts changed and obtained in and drove.
The automobile was fantastic to drive, the epitome of a Porsche highway automobile and coated the route with ease. I finished in Omaha alongside the way in which and picked up my good friend Trent Abbott and we made the remainder of the journey collectively. I obtained to introduce Trent to various fast-food delicacies together with Del Taco and In-N-Out Burger.
The final night time of the journey we stayed on the Circus Circus Casino in Reno as a result of we’re each severe Bond followers. The subsequent day we drove the remainder of the way in which to Monterey, stopping at a Porsche seller for an oil change and to get a pair of matching Porsche polo shirts to commemorate the journey.
I ended up promoting the automobile in Monterey that week, as I had finished with the Volvo. I’m prone to have one other 944 or, even higher, a 924 Turbo within the close to future and that is perhaps the subsequent automobile I tackle the route.
But now we’ve 2020. The plan was that Trent and I’d drive to Monterey Car Week in my new-to-me Titanium Silver 2005 BMW Z4 3.0i 6-speed. Covid 19 squashed that plan, and all of Monterey Car Week.
Some individuals who write for this web site disdain driving the interstates, however in the event you reside on the East Coast and have by no means taken the time to drive to the opposite coast, the surroundings alongside Interstate 80 is fabulous. Doing the drive in a collector automobile is a good way to reach for automobile week.