Matt B 1939 Rolls-Royce Phantom-III

Rolls Across America

In 2011, my two sons and I drove from home in Fredericksburg, Virginia to the Rolls-Royce Owners Club Annual Meet in Lake Tahoe, California. We took a month to wind our way across and back (including about a week at the meet), and made sure to visit many national parks including the Natchez Trace Parkway, Carlsbad Caverns, Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, Sunset Crater, King's Canyon, Sequoia, Yosemite, Great Basin, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches. We also visited my Grandparents in Mississippi with my father along with us at that point in the trip, so we have an attached picture of four generations. Some other highlights included staying at the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, stopping at the corner in Winslow, Arizona, visiting Roswell and meeting a former Mayor of the city, Route 66, driving across the loneliest highway in America (Route 50 in Nevada), Pike's Peak, etc. Some other experiences included fully disassembling my carbeurator to clean out the accelerator pump checkvalve, lots of vapor lock issues despite many preventative measures (but heck, it was well over 100 degrees in the Mojave!), replacing fuel pumps with a spare I happened to think to bring along, and getting some BSF threaded bolts FedExed to me in Moab, Utah so that my driveshaft would not fall off, and finally having a recently replaced head gasket fail with two days left on the trip and having to stop every 20 miles the final 575 miles on the last day to top off the water level again!

Full details of the trip can be found at

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