That’s right, we made it! We just conquered 2,987 miles in a 22-foot Penske box truck with a bench seat, 71 mph top speed, archaic suspension and an average fuel economy of 7.4 mpg. It was a long road (literally) but thankfully one that was void of any bad tidings. I’ve done a lot of cross country driving over the years, but I have to say that this particular run was very special. You see this one was a life changer for this native New Yorker, as California is about as close to New York as oil and water when it comes to people, weather and life philosophy. One thing however that remains constant though are the cars… those wonderful, wonderful cars.
*One very LONG road…
Where New York City is pretty much the “Mr. Big Nuts” as far as modern metropolis’s go, California is the center of the world’s car culture. Exotics, muscle cars, classics, electrics as well as every other genre of four-wheeled automobile can be seen frolicking around here year-round. Hell, in the 2 days I’ve been here I’ve already seen more daily driven classics then I’ve ever seen back in New York. In fact I’ve been using my ’68 Charger as a daily driver and so far it’s been awesome.
*The ’68 and ’69 in their new California home.
Granted, having “MR ANGRY” and “ANGRIER” New York license plates has been turning a few heads and garnering a few comments, but wtf… one has to make an impression right? So far the weather has been outstanding and the people unbelievably friendly, but if there is one thing I have to get used to though, it’s having space – miles and miles of open space. Hopefully in the near future I’ll be able to get dialed in with northern California’s car culture, and from there it’ll be all sorts of new topics and articles for good old Ridelust.com. So just make sure to stay tuned and we’ll see what we can do to give you guys a little shot in the arm.