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Posted in ROUTE 66
March 10, 2018

Edsel Ford Slept Here

In my world the past and present blend seamlessly. There are

days when I spend hours reading century old journals, perusing old newspapers,  and then write about a trip across the Mojave Desert in 1915. In my office, all around me are tangible links to an earlier time that stand in stark contrast to the computer and keyboard.  I even start my day by shaving with a circa 1940 razor (do you know how hard it is to find simple double edged blades today?). There are rare occasions when a bit of the future gets tangled into the mix, such as when I work with the members of the Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation and their ongoing efforts to establish a dedicated museum that will chronicle the evolution of the  electric vehicle.

On occasion, when there is time for meditation on a long morning walk, I envision my work as the crafting of a time a machine. As an example, on our premium content crowdfunding site,  I am launching a new series. Every Saturday morning, commencing on March 10, I will be sharing one entry, verbatim, with original photos where possible, from Edsel Ford’s daily journal written during his adventure to California along the National Old Trails Highway during the summer of 1915. 

The blending of the past and present is made manifest when I transcribe these stories from 1915, or 1940, without the use of paper, pen, or typewriter, or during the weekly Jim Hinckley’s America Adventurers Club Facebook live program. There are other manifestations, such as when I climb behind the wheel of the Jeep and it dawns on me that our “new” vehicle is 20 years old or when I stand along the highway with a road atlas spread out on the hood.

A new multifaceted service that I kicked off this week puts the blending of past and present to good use.  If your planning a trip on Route 66, or have an interest in vintage vehicles and their history, this might be of interest.

Imagine how nice it would be to plan your Route 66 adventure with a knowledgeable guide with just one video call. If you own a tour company, wouldn’t it be nice to have an expert available to virtually meet with your group and answer questions about Route 66? Imagine how much it would enhance your car club meeting if an associate editor for a leading automotive publication could stop by and make a presentation on the infancy of the American auto industry. It just so happens that all of these programs are the latest service provided through Jim Hinckley’s America.

Through the magic of Facebook messenger, you can take the hassle out of planning your Route 66 adventure with a one hour live call. We will answer your questions, provide lodging and restaurant recommendations with contact information, make suggestions for stops based on your interests, propose short detours, provide event or festival information to enhance your adventure, discuss travel guides, and even assist with the making of special arrangements for anniversary dinners. If your planning a Route 66 adventure, this is the best $100 investment you can make. And, if your a supporter of our crowdfunding site, there is a 10% discount.
Before I turned my attentions toward telling people where to go on Route 66, my writing and presentations focused on the American auto industry from 1885 through WWII. In addition to several books, two of which garnered interviews with Jay Leno in his famous garage, I wrote a monthly column for Cars & Parts, served as associate editor for that publication, and wrote features for an array of magazines including Hemmings Special Interest Autos.
Recently, a hotel owner in New Zealand approached me about making a presentation for a car club followed by a Q & A session. The test run of equipment at the hotel linked by using the messenger call feature was successful. So, now I am scheduled to speak about David Buick, Walter Chrysler, and Henry Ford’s role in the founding of Cadillac at a vintage car club meeting in New Zealand from my office in Kingman. If this service would enhance your next club meet, or bolster a fund raiser, the $150 cost should be viewed as an investment. Note: I promise not to look so severe while making the presentation. This photo is how the program looked from the hotel in New Zealand and I was deep in concentration as bugs were being worked out.
Last but not least, utilizing these technologies, my services are also being offered offered to tour companies. Invite me to an orientation meeting with clients, and it would be my pleasure to answer questions.
For more details, or to arrange a presentation or travel planning call, drop me a note.
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