VINTAGE CARS, MUSINGS, AND THE PROSPECT OF NEW ADVENTURES

I am still fascinated with the seemingly endless possibilities involved with digital photography manipulation. For most folks this may not be a big deal.

However, for me this technology unleashes my overactive imagination. When I can take a photo, such as this one of an old Ford near Hackberry on Route 66, and transform it into what appears to be an historic artifact the first thought that comes to mind is how cool it would be to create a new, “old” photo album of Route 66.
For our Sunday “walkabout” we took advantage of the remarkably cool temps (abut 79 degrees) and strolled the trails in the hills above Fort Beale Springs. I love long walks, especially in such serene surroundings and in the company of my dearest friend, as they allow for time to reflect, to formulate thoughts, and plan.
If there were a central topic to yesterdays train of thought it would be my twisted path as a writer and the lure of riches that keep me stumbling along that path as a prospector seeking the next big strike. In short I have managed to transform writing into a second full time job, one that pays a bit more than McDonalds but not enough for me to quit the day job.
Still, I enjoy sharing special places, meeting new people, and introducing folks to the fascinating world of automotive history. That is a fancy way of saying I am good at telling people where to go, get lost often but am not afraid to ask for directions, and can talk old cars for hours even if I am the only one in the room and still enjoy myself. That takes us to an explanation for these photos of a 1916 Hudson Super Six. The kind folks with the Hudson club were quite helpful in providing information for a series of articles I wrote for Cars & Parts magazine profiling this legendary auto maker.
This led to being involved with the Yahoo Hudson Super Six discussion group. The first generation Hudson Super Six is a series of automobile that has long held my fascination.
The budget that allows me to purchase one of these fine automobiles has proven quite elusive. As evidenced by the fact I don’t jump on this one ($25,000) that budget is still eluding me.
If you are interested in giving this wonderful automobile a good home here is the owners contact information.
Larry A. Dishong Work: (714) 254-2508
I would like to note this car, a fine example of the first year Hudson Super Six, may be old but these cars are drivers. As an example consider this – to introduce these cars a Hudson team
drove a Super Six from San Francisco to New York, over the roads of 1916, in 5 days, 3 hours, and 31 minutes! Even better is the fact this was accomplished without mechanical failure.
Another car, with special body, was driven to 102.53 miles per hour. In addition a Super Six was driven to a new Pikes peak record of 18 minutes, 24 seconds.
Another train of thought is the possibility for new adventures. With the contract for Ghost Towns of Route 66 in hand I am now contemplating a fall run from Kingman to Chicago along this legendary highway.
Adding to the excitement of that project is that with exception of a train trip to Chicago and a few flights to Detroit and Virginia my wife has never been east of Albuquerque. To be able to share the wonders of a road trip on the old double six with my dearest friend is an exciting prospect indeed.
One final note for today. I have received a number of requests for prints of some of the photos that are posted here. Would you be interested in a series of limited edition prints, say icons of Route 66?
I would really appreciate your comments and ideas.
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Jim Hinckley's America is a grand adventure on the back roads and two lane highways. It is an odyssey seasoned with fascinating people, and memory making discoveries. As made evident by the publication of fourteen books on subjects as diverse as diverse as Ghost Towns of the Southwest, The Illustrated History of the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company, Travel Route 66, Backroads of Arizona, and The Route 66 Encyclopedia, I enjoy sharing adventures and helping people plan for their own memory making journeys.

Thank you, shared adventures are the best adventures.

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