3 December 2012

Trip of Fools

In spring of 2012, a team of six intrepid travelers set off in two 1970s sports cars on a 1,500-mile road trip on one of America’s most iconic roads — Route 66. Things didn’t exactly go according to plan.


39 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Dave Dornoch Ontario Canada December 10, 2012 at 13:35
    Loved the trip plan to take it in my westy. Jensen did very well considering!!
  • 2
    Dick Miller Lake Placid, Florida December 10, 2012 at 13:59
    I have made that trip on route 66 many times in a 50's and 60's automobile with my parents and then with my family. I did it in the 50's and 60's and do not have any interest in doing it again in anything but a late model automobile with A/C.
  • 3
    Jack Bukszar Cleveland, OH December 10, 2012 at 14:19
    Will be taking this trip from Chicago to LA. in June. Will be driving my just finished 1937 Chevy Street Rod. Had hoped to do this trip this past summer but the car took longer than expected to finish. This has been on my bucket list for some years and now that I have retired it's off we go to all points west. June can't come soon enough!
  • 4
    Joe Failla Coxsackie, NY December 10, 2012 at 14:35
    We are planning on doing this ride on motorcycles next year.
  • 5
    Anthony Zarlenga Chicago December 10, 2012 at 15:01
    i like driving that road my self. lots of fun.
  • 6
    . Ron Wah; Grosse Ile, MI December 10, 2012 at 15:09
    We took Route 66 trip in 2001 from Chicago to Needles,CA. Was a wonderful trip of nostalgia! We did some research before leaving and found several extra spots to see along the way too from picking up Route 66 magazine on route. We plan to return in 2013 in our new Boss Mustang -- should be more fun than the Windstar van we took in '01!! Met so many people on trip from all over the country and WORLD! Good Hagerty video brought back memories -- thanjs for sharing!
  • 7
    Steve Hendrix Mustang Oklahoma December 10, 2012 at 17:55
    Great Video, I have traveled the same places in the last year, many of the Towns and special locations on this Video I have stopped at. Thank God for the Mother Road and the many memories it has given me.
  • 8
    Brian Michel Bryan oh. December 10, 2012 at 18:26
    In the print story, TRIP Of FOOLS, Chris is NOT pondering the non-workings of the Datsun.He is rather, looking under the hood of the Jensen! (not surprising though)
  • 9
    Melvin Brown Glendale AZ December 10, 2012 at 19:59
    That was an excellent ride, I'd like to take that trip in my 57 Ford Wagon some day
  • 10
    Frank DeFino Staten Island December 10, 2012 at 21:09
    Awesome Route 66 is one of the roads I would love to travel Hope I get to do it some day
  • 11
    Paul Lincolnwood, IL December 10, 2012 at 21:32
    I applaud the Hagerty 'threesome' who dared to journey the 1500 mile treck, ESPECIALLY, in a Brit Made Care , which seemed to be falling apart at the seams every few miles.....I am planning the Rt 66 journey, in May of 2014, age 66, in my '66 Mustang...east to west. Thank you so very much for the tour and so glad ya'll are safe and sound. Paul
  • 12
    Bill CA December 10, 2012 at 10:04
    It might have been a little more authentic with a couple of old Pontiacs or chevy's. A Jensen on Route 66?Thanks, it was interesting
  • 13
    Harold Wicker Chino CA December 10, 2012 at 22:13
    Nice road trip and would like to make it myself in my 1968 Targa Porsch befor I'm 80.
  • 14
    Don Feinstein Los Angeles, CA December 10, 2012 at 10:25
    Cool Video. Thanks for the memories. In 1969 drove from NYC to Santa Monica in our new 1969 Plymouth Valiant. From Chicago, drove as much as Route 66 as was possible -- back then. Now inspired to go back and 'redo' the portions that were closed or we had missed. My project for 2013. //don
  • 15
    Michael Attwood Portland, OR December 10, 2012 at 10:34
    Well - not particularly daring compared to our friends' 3,500 mile trip in their 1924 Bentley 3 litre from Richmond VA to Bangor, ME then on with a club tour through New Brunswick and around the coast of Nova Scotia before returning to Richmond VA. Never once had the top up, and a few mechanical glitches, all overcome with aplomb.
  • 16
    Loring Kohrt Phoenix AZ December 10, 2012 at 11:40
    Thanks for the wonderful story. We did the same trip in our 1966 Volvo p1800S in June 2012. We went to the Volvo National convention in St Louis MO. We had a lot of simlar experiences , the most exciting was just stopping for gas , strangers from all over and ages would come up and look at the car and talk of thier old Volvo's. June of 2011 we went to Linsborg KS for the National Volvo show . Same thing we met lots of nice people had lots of experiences. I recomend everyone should do at least one of these trips across 1200 or more miles of any part of our great country. The people along the way are friendly, helpful, and fun to talk to, we realy are blessed to live in such a great country.
  • 17
    John Bennett New Bern, NC December 10, 2012 at 11:57
    Got any more cars you want moved? Of course, I prefer german cars and I'd like to witness the "preparation".The reliability is all in the prep. Thanks for a neat little video.
  • 18
    cecil FL. December 10, 2012 at 12:09
    A great trip. Made the trip in 2010 from Chiago to Santa Monica Pier. 4 OLD GUYS from FL. , in a 1964 mustang, 1966 merc PU.,1968 cougar,and a 1949 packard. This was a big thing on our bucket list.
  • 19
    Joseph Squires Ballwin, MO 63011 December 10, 2012 at 12:50
    Foreign Cars? Really? I thought some American Classic cars would be he order of the day. Maybe an old fat fender Ford, Chevy or an American "Woody" would have ran as well on the "Mother Road." I am a member of the Rout 66 Association of Missouri. We have over 700 members nation wide. You might want to contact Tommy Pike at furyon66@earthlink.net for input historic data. Thank you for the intersting newsletters.
  • 20
    Frank Wichita December 11, 2012 at 01:56
    You WASTED way too much video on the 'prep'. It was pretty interesting after that.
  • 21
    chuck durling Miami, Fl. December 11, 2012 at 14:36
    I think it would be a great ride in something a little more dependable like a F-1 Ford 1949 vintage. hahahahahahahahah Someday, if I ever get this thing on the road, I would like to take the Route 66 just to say I did it. Keep em on the asphalt. Chuck Durling
  • 22
    BrentF Toronto December 11, 2012 at 15:38
    Great video. Much vicarious enjoyment. Where are the song credits, specifically the piece that ran at the 3:27 mark?
  • 23
    TONY HERRERA BROOKLYN NEW YORK December 11, 2012 at 16:04
    Wooow that’s was fantastic experience, i wish i have been there, see America beautiful land face to face as you see the sun come every day. For me is priceless Nice...
  • 24
    Calvin LeNeve Lexington SC. December 11, 2012 at 18:52
    Hard to believe it took six days in a 70 s car. We take the Model as on trips that long in less time but we never had any down time just gas food and stop to see every thing on the way.
  • 25
    wm. terwilliger orange county nyYFQGU December 11, 2012 at 09:05
    ROUTE 66 IS EVERYONE'S DREAM TRIP.. Not too meany people put a lot money in a 1973.. jensen an the datsun is a 1977.
  • 26
    tom marchese tallahassee,fl. December 11, 2012 at 10:08
    It looked like the datsun 280Z had no problems great car. I have a 1980 MGB I would love to try this trip tanks for great vidio this is what motoring is all about
  • 27
    David Deohler United States December 11, 2012 at 10:46
    Good article and video. This is a trip we want to take. We did Chicago o Joliet last Summer.
  • 28
    Bill Lakewood CA. December 11, 2012 at 11:15
    Great trip. I did it with a friend on motorcycles 3 years ago from CA. to Chicago and beyond. Lots of memories.......Bill
  • 29
    Glenn Gibsonville, NC December 11, 2012 at 11:41
    I enjoyed the video. I did a similar thing with a friend in 1967 driving a 1963 Corvair. The car did not use any oil (notorious on those cars) all the way out and back. however, we went through 3 tires (recaps) on our trip back and when I got home the muffler blew out and I had esentially a straigh pipe exhaust. My trip was close to 2600 miles out and 2600 miles back. I wish you had included a list of the music in the video. I love the Blue Grass song close to the end. What is it? Again thanks fopr a great video. It brougt back memories.
  • 30
    Steve Lavender Seattle December 12, 2012 at 01:15
    Being the owner of a 1977 280z myself, this was of special interest to me. While the Jensen seemed to be the "needier" of the two cars, the Z wasn't immune. I've thought of taking my car to Chicago and driving route 66 all the way to LA with the intention of arriving just in time for the West Coast Nationals next May. What a trip but what a risky journey as these guys learned. Then I'd still have the drive up the coast to Seattle afterwards. Seattle to Chicago to LA to Seattle. I'm not sure my car would make it. I'm also not sure my back would make it in those original seats! Oh well, one can dream, right?
  • 31
    Steve Lavender Seattle December 12, 2012 at 01:16
    Being the owner of a 1977 280z myself, this was of special interest to me. While the Jensen seemed to be the "needier" of the two cars, the Z wasn't immune. I've thought of taking my car to Chicago and driving route 66 all the way to LA with the intention of arriving just in time for the West Coast Nationals next May. What a trip but what a risky journey as these guys learned. Then I'd still have the drive up the coast to Seattle afterwards. Seattle to Chicago to LA to Seattle. I'm not sure my car would make it. I'm also not sure my back would make it in those original seats! Oh well, one can dream, right?
  • 32
    Nick Bralich Tierra Verde,Fl 33715 December 12, 2012 at 06:28
    Great film,really enjoyed It.In Oct. 2008 after a six month frame off restoration of my 1957 Chevy Bellaire Two Door Hardtop,my wife and myself drove it to San Deigo,California to surprise my cousin who had owned the car for forty years before me.We have agreed that the car will stay in the family.We named it "THE LEGACY".The trip took us six weeks and we traveled on much of route 66.The car ran great with out any problems.Can't wait to do it again.Thank You,Nick Bralich
  • 33
    Dave Brown Iowa December 12, 2012 at 22:22
    Holy smokes! Who "prepped" thesecars for the trip? Wal-Mart? Very well done video. Dave in Iowa.
  • 34
    Dave Brown Iowa December 12, 2012 at 22:22
    Holy smokes! Who "prepped" thesecars for the trip? Wal-Mart? Very well done video. Dave in Iowa.
  • 35
    Ken Alaska December 12, 2012 at 23:55
    The trip in a '66 Mustang - now, that's the ride of a lifetime. Im kinda sorta planning a trip like that in 2013 or 2014. Id so love that trip (without the breakdowns)
  • 36
    Steve Nine Mile Falls, Wa December 13, 2012 at 13:24
    Thanks for the video, I read the article last week. Cool to see you are paying attention the Datsun Z! I have a 71 240-Z and a 79 280ZX. Nice to see you guys consider them to be classics. The Jensen is cool, too! What luck that the one shop was abler to diagnose the Z's fuel leak on the rail , and not rip you guys off for an easy repair!
  • 37
    Harry Wiggleson Western US January 24, 2013 at 17:18
    Um,,,Route 66 is only "authentic" when traversed by old American iron? I think the Jensen/Z-car combo was up to the task of the Mother Road as any ol' American stuff..;)
  • 38
    Dan Taylor West Virginia January 25, 2013 at 15:29
    In October, 1967 a friend and I drove my 1963 Austin Healy 3000 from West Virginia to California picking up Rt 66 in Oklahoma. Took us 7 days, of course we stopped at several location.
  • 39
    Frank Luddy Connecticut March 4, 2013 at 15:23
    I would love to drive that route some day, but not with the problems that you had. But you had a great trip, thanks for sharing it with us.g

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