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.