Driving, I think we can all agree, has gotten too damn easy. Safer, yes. Faster, most definitely. More comfortable, certainly. And these days many modern luxury cars—and even affordable ones—will go out of their way to help you do it. But unlike your average disgraced Silicon Valley tech executive, we believe history matters, and that it’s important to experience the way things were to learn where you’re really going. At least that’s the philosophical justification I came up with for this road trip. If it sounds like bullshit, that’s because it is. I hope it’s at least impressive bullshit. The point is that next week, Raphael Orlove and I will be setting off across this great country of ours, from Seattle to New York City, hopefully, in this car: a 1970 BMW 2500. And it’s a car that’s far from being some perfect garage queen. Will we make it? Will we break down? Will we successfully pull off a Hail Mary roadside repair, if it comes down to that? Will we die? I don’t know the answer to any of those questions yet. But it’s not an adventure if you know how it’s going to end. You may recognize this particular car. It was owned by ace Road & Track scribe (and former Jalopnik writer/current Jalopnik friend) Sam Smith. He’s written about it many times in places like his own magazine and Wired. He’s described it as “a crappy old car,” the kind of thing he could beat on repeatedly… [Read full story]
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