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Title: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on November 05, 2018, 07:52:07

I am in the process of planning to attend the 2019 Pagoda gathering in San Diego in October next year. I am also bringing my car. Its a bucket list thing. ;D
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At this point I have got my shipping of the vehicle from Melbourne Australia to LA arranged and also the registration requirements of driving a foreign car in the USA/Canada. I still need to arrange the insurances and a mountain of other details.  Once the car is in LA, the fun begins.


From landing the car in LA, the plan is for my wife and I to go have a bit of a drive around the USA and Canada. We plan to drive up the west coast to Vancouver, across the Rockies to Winnipeg, mosey on down to Columbus Ohio (for a vehicle service with Joe JA17) via Chicago then back up to Detroit and across to Quebec, down through Maine to Philadelphia and then on down to Virginia.  At this point I am hoping to put the vehicle on a road transport with others coming from the Virginia[size=78%] area across to San Diego.[/size]


Plan is to arrive in LA at the beginning of July, at least catchup with Dr Benz if he has a gathering in August and to meet up with as many others that are on the general route.


What I am looking for at this point is suggestions on the “must see” or “must attend car shows” that may be on around that time. I have visited most of the places when I was living in the USA and.I am going to be very flexible on route and timing other than ending up in Virginia to catch the transport across to San Diego for the October weekend Pagoda gathering then back to LA and ship the car home.


Any suggestions are welcome.


Garry
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: JamesL on November 05, 2018, 08:31:06
Awesome

That's one very big bucket you must keep your list in!
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: pj on November 05, 2018, 08:37:26
Garry, what a great trip that will be! No matter when you come through Ontario-Michigan-Ohio, we will organize a welcome for you.

BTW, I know things in Australia are upside down compared to North America, but your drive to Vancouver will take you up the west coast, not the east :-)
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on November 05, 2018, 09:23:27
Peter,


I was thinking it is east of me and upside down as well. ;D ;D ;D
 Geographically embarrassed
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: JamesL on November 05, 2018, 09:34:13
But it IS the east coast of the Pacific ocean and you will be driving the coast road.  ;)

(Jealous, in London)
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Jowe on November 05, 2018, 19:31:24
Great plan Garry. Just a reminder; they are driving on the opposite side of the roads in the US  ;) When you are in all the planning details, have you ever thought about sending in the car for a leftie conversion?  ::) ;D :P
Cheers,
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Vander on November 06, 2018, 00:37:45
Has any one else on the US east coast, started to figure out shipping?
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: wayne R on November 06, 2018, 11:40:05
Garry you will have a marvelous time, good on you it will be an experience you wont forget.
Let me and my wife know if you want any help in CA, as i have very good reliable car club friends  there,.
 We both go  back every year to CA, Arizona, Nevada, shes goes with our daughter to shop, i go to shows and
bring  parts back. But im sure  the Pagoda team will give you lots of help, and support.
I  want to give you a little advice on shipping back cars from US, there are changes all the time, and over the years
i have  returned about 12 to 15 cars, and in case you dont know here is the latest i experiance with my Pagoda, 3 months ago,
every car now imported has to have an asbestos check , that is they test it in LA, before it goes into container, your car should be ok,
mine was , although i was worried about the old crappy fire wall all flaky etc ,but was ok. A Ford Galaxie  in the same container
had Asbestos in the head gaskets so had to  be replaced before shipping. Its just another crazy way for customs to make money i think.
Also not all shipping agents in LA have the facility to do this so they send to the agents that  do..
My agent here on gold coast his agent has the facility name is  Oceans International in LA ,and all cars are safe inside there warehouse.
So dont be alarmed ,you will be ok , just letting you know---regards Wayne.

Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: JamesL on November 06, 2018, 13:25:58
Johan

Garry has already been down that road - albeit converting it LH to RHD. Epic thread here > https://www.sl113.org/forums/index.php?topic=14705.0
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: wayne R on November 07, 2018, 01:18:53
Thanks Garry ,you have it all under control----regards Wayne.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: BaronYoungman on November 16, 2018, 23:43:58
I saw Chicago mentioned... Ariana and I would love to be host for a day,  we can overwhelm you with useless Windy City Trivial, and of course REAL CHICAGO DEEP DISH PIZZA.
Bob
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on November 16, 2018, 23:47:11
Now I have done it, not only paid my Pogadafest entry fee, but booked two airfares from Melbourne to LA, arriving 29 June and departing 10 October.  That should give me enough time to drive down to San Diego :D :D 8)   


Well do a drive from Melbourne Australia to SanDiego via LA Seattle, Portland Maine and then back to San Diego.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Tyler S. on November 18, 2018, 18:21:13
Garry, Be sure your IDP “International Drivers Permit” is current. This is done in your home country.

CBP forms need to be filled out for the importation. No registration in any state is required when you are a tourist and the car is imported and tied to your passport. The only issue that may arise is when traveling to Canada.

A few usefull links.
https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/278/related/1

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1664/~/temporary-importation-of-a-car-for-personal-use


Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on November 21, 2018, 06:52:16
Tyler, thnaks for that info. 


The shipper has indicated that i will still need a pollution exemption form from EPA that is a fairly routing exemption for that aged vehicle.  I am planning on insuring it with Haggerty for the period.  They have asked for a six month policy and that is fine, i will have it there about four months.  I have checked the Canadian crossing and they appear to be happy for crossing back and forth with the vehicle provided registered and insured and i have a licence....


The hard bit is if i need third party liability.  The shipper is saying with the Australian Registration, that comes with it and i don’t need to do anything.  I will get an IDP due to the extended time.


The next difficulty is getting an advance visa for a 120 day period, normally only 90 days so am going to the US consular near by here in the next week or so.


Next big hurdle is getting health insurance for that period for both of us as well.  It looks like I can only get 90 days but that is still a work in progress
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: specracer on November 21, 2018, 12:28:07
You asked about "must see" car events? You mentioned Detroit, couldnt tell from you itinerary if the Woodward Dream Cruise works for you, but it is an amazing gathering. August 17th

http://www.woodwarddreamcruise.com/

Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on November 21, 2018, 21:39:00
Thanks Andy,


Will note that one, timing will probably be tied to the gathering at the Benz Dr get together if occurring but am certainly going thru there around that time.


Garry
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: suzy on December 13, 2018, 19:48:58
Garry, I think there are a few of us members living in LA who could meet you for a meal.  you should definitely go to the Peterson Museum which is a fantastic car collection of several floors.  you should make sure you buy a ticket to the vault, which is a separate fee but worth it.  Go online, take a look.

Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on December 13, 2018, 22:11:29
Thanks Suzy for those suggestions.  I have heard about the museum but whilst having been through LA maybe 30 times have never been there.  This time I will make a point of doing so as I think I will be there for some time sorting out the off loading of my car with the help of Tom Collit from LA Restorations so would be nice to all get together.


Garry
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on February 14, 2019, 05:03:36

Purchased Pagodafest tickets ✔️

Air Tickets purchased ✔️


Car currently being fully serviced ✔️


Bank account opened in USA and cards being issued ✔️


Registration process agreed ✔️


Long Term visa applied for and nominally approved ✔️


House Sitter arranged for 4 months. ✔️


Shipping company on standby for vehicle in late April. ✔️


To do:


Arrange insurance with Haggerty.


Decide what spares to carry for a 10,000 mile drive.


Work out servicing where.


Deliver vehicle and keep fingers crossed...


What have I forgotten?



Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Rolf-Dieter on February 14, 2019, 11:47:11
Hi Garry,

Great Planning for a supper trip!

One thing I would do and that would be;

Establish the route you plan to drive in North America, then start a new thread listing the major cities you plan to stop. Perhaps Members have plans to meet up with you for a coffee or two. :) Also Members in certain areas you will be passing may let you know of service shop locations they might be using for there Pagoda. I think you have the rest of it well planned.

Wishing you a wonderful trip! I know several Members here in Ontario Canada look forward to see you.

Best,

Dieter

PS. I think Garry with this trip you will break all records for the longest trip ever taken by a “Pagoda SL Group” Member.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Jordan on February 14, 2019, 15:52:24
Garry, looking forward to meeting you again at Dan's in August.

Not to be an alarmist but you mentioned you opened a US bank account.  In doing so have you checked to make sure you will not have to file US taxes with the IRS?
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on February 14, 2019, 23:39:19
Jordan,


Simple answer is no.  I did note that the Bank were not doing any withholding tax.  Given that the interest rate on the account is 0.2% i don’t think it is going to earn a lot of $$. 😂. It really is only a debit card account although they did issue a cheque book.  I haven’t seen one of those for years, didn’t know that they were still used.  In Australia we are getting to the point where there is very little cash used either, it’s all tap and go cards even for a cup of coffee.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: BrianinNL on February 18, 2019, 19:18:28
The US is like a third-world country when it comes to secure banking. Checks weren't being used in Europe when I moved here 12 years ago. They are the easiest route to fraud in banking.

But I digress … enjoy your adventure, Garry. Sounds like a lot of fun. If you make it up north to Washington state, let me know. I have a friend who manages communications for the Lemay - America's Car Museum, in Tacoma. I haven't been there yet, but I hear it's fantastic.

Happy Motoring and see you in October!
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Rolf-Dieter on February 18, 2019, 20:42:01
Hi Garry,

I know you are planning your route well, however, if you are in the neighborhood of Bowling Green, Kentucky stop by the Corvette Museum. Or near Dearborn, MI the Henry Ford Museum. Both places are always great to visit. I was there last in 2013 with Robert G. We took the VIP Factory tour (the guide takes you all along the assembly line and it takes about 3 hours. Then he gives you a special tour in the museum explains everything). The factory and museum are at the same location. We stayed at the Museums Manager B&B very safe parking for your Pagoda :)

The Henry Ford Museum is always a great place to visit (you may have been there in your past travels. Robert and I will make the trip again in June (we have a massive car show here the first weekend in June, just about a 15-minute drive from my residence). We plan to make a repeat trip down there to both places after checking out cars from all over North America. The fellow that puts on this car show is the son of the Birth control inventor, needless to say, a multi-millionaire. Robert, as I may have mentioned, is a car nut (corvettes, chevies, Cadillacs etc). There will be all kinds of cars there. Last year they had some 3000 cars there on the golf course. Yes, you guessed it Steve P. villa and his guest house is on the golf course. This, of course, will be all done by the time you pass in our area, however, the golf course is open every Thursday up to late September there are normally some 200 plus cars local cars (depending on the weather) there, again all kinds of makes. Last year I meet therewith Dan C. Hugh R. we had a nice visit.  It would be cool if you and some of the other Pagoda's that are planning to come out to Dan's Benz Barn can join us there the Thursday, August 22, 2019, and we can then all together make our trip to the Benz Barn that would be cool to have an Australian Pagoda in the group. I should start a separate thread to see if that would work out.

Dieter

Corvette Museum -----> https://www.inspirock.com/united-states/bowling-green/national-corvette-museum-a64050383?ad_acc=iphk&gclid=Cj0KCQiAzKnjBRDPARIsAKxfTRAJ7Xh-Z0RXRUg9EevRL63tULdDfjtrIuomCEGHro5rCLqhiVzOuRsaAiaAEALw_wcB

Henry Ford ---> https://www.thehenryford.org/visit/henry-ford-museum/

Country Cruising Event May 31 to June 2, 2019, a great place to visit.

web site----> https://www.fleetwoodcountrycruizein.com
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on February 20, 2019, 10:45:32
Am putting together a general outline of how my wife Kate and I will get from Los Angeles to San Diego, via Vancouver, Chicago, Ontario to Maine and then down onto Virginia before transporting car to San Diego.

Rough timing, remembering that we are going to freewheel where ever we care to go on the way.

Fly into Los Angeles 27 June 2019. Hopefully car will arrive week before.

Drive north arrive Santa Rosa around 7-9 July

Drive further north to Vancouver arrive around 20-22 July

Drive via Banff and Great Falls across east to Chicago arriving around 15-17 Aug

Quick run down to Blacklick Ohio and back up to Detroit around 21 August

On to the Benz Dr gathering near London Ontario on 23/25 August

A slow meander East to to Maine and then turn south for a slow drive arriving in Greenwood Virginia around 20-21 Sept in time to pick up the group truck transport thereabouts across to San Diego

Arrive in San Diego in time for the Pagodafest on 3-6 Oct

Return with car to Los Angeles to fly out on 9 October, car to follow on ship to Australia.

looking for any suggestions or must see suggestions along the way, this is not a fixed route and happy to deviate along the way.


Garry
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on April 01, 2019, 09:57:08
Well, things have moved along a bit since last time I posted.  Have myself Pagodafest tickets, two return air tickets with Qantas, and am in the process of preparing the car for the trip.

Tom Collit has agreed to act for me to receive the car and to get a few bits I may need to carry for the long drive around the USA for a few months.
Baron BobYoungman has kindly offered to lend me a Petrol Pump to carry just in case of any problem.  I am not allowed to ship things in the car.

Shipping is all ready arranged and just need to make one phone call and drop the car off for its container voyage to Los Angeles.

Insurance looks to be good with Hagertys although I have to sort out my licence and will probably need to get an international one to satisfy them.

By the end of April it will all be ready to start the journey of Bella to Pagodafest 2019.
Yoohooo. Looking forward to the trip and catching up with old friends along the way.

Garry
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: kampala on April 01, 2019, 10:58:42
Insurance looks to be good with Hemmels although I have to sort out my licence and will probably need to get an international one to satisfy them.


Garry,

Sounds like an amazing trip.   Will let you know if I am in Los Angeles when you first arrive - as I might need to be there for business - and we can connect.   Will send you my contact.

About your INSURANCE - you mention Hemmels?   Really?   The company in the UK that restores mercedes etc?

Oz
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on April 01, 2019, 15:46:11
My mistake, never Hemmels I meant Hagertys.  Lol


Garry
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on May 11, 2019, 13:18:38
My 230SL Pagoda goes to the shipping company tomorrow for shipment from Melbourne Australia to Los Angeles USA and due there 25th June


I have done a full service and tidy up of the engine bay and given it a good run to iron out a couple of bugs with a sticky accelerator.


So the journey to Pagodafest begins.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Rolf-Dieter on May 11, 2019, 17:57:04
Hi Garry,

Hagerty just shared this video with his customers, perhaps it would have been something you could have done before handing your car over to the shipping company to protect some areas against stone chips during your America cross country trip. Perhaps there is a place in California where you can get it done. I had it done on my then BMW Z4 when I drove her to California along Route 66 in 2011.

Anyway I just wanted to share the video with you.

——-> https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/05/08/diy-xpeltracwrap-installation?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_content=19_May_11_Weekend_News

Dieter
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on May 12, 2019, 00:46:06
I have seen this done here but it was super expensive for what it was, like $600 for the front so i spent my money on a good car alarm instead...
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on May 13, 2019, 07:33:54
Car has been handed over to the shipper today, next stop Los Angeles arriving there on 25 June. 


Fingers crossed..
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Benz Dr. on May 13, 2019, 08:17:55
Is that color 334?  I have a 190SL in that color.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on May 13, 2019, 08:22:20
Yes Dan, 334G and the top is 350H. You will see it in a couple of months.. 8) 8)


I love it.  it’s a bright and sunny colour.


Garry
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: 66andBlue on May 13, 2019, 20:28:17
.... I love it.  it’s a bright and sunny colour.
Garry
I agree, especially in Springtime.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on May 14, 2019, 00:07:25
Alfred, Dan, 


only the best people have a 334 G


 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on June 10, 2019, 03:50:21
My Pagoda has been loaded on board a car carrying ship and left Australia late last month. Here is me thinking ‘that’s great it’s on its way to Los Angeles.  Well i should have known better. 
 
i have been tracking the ship. it’s didn’t go toward USA, it went north.  Left Melbourne Australia, went to Singapore and now sitting at a mooring in Shanghai Harbour, China.. 

This is going to be a long trip getting to Pagodafest for Bella the Blue Pagoda.


Garry
Still in Oz.



Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Rolf-Dieter on June 10, 2019, 04:04:34
Did they give you a arrival date Garry? Will it be there when you arrive in LA?

Dieter
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on June 10, 2019, 04:11:45
Rolf Dieter,


That’s what i have been trying to find out when i found out it was in Shanghai.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on June 26, 2019, 00:00:20
Well the journey begins tomorrow, My wife, Kate and I head out of Melbourne Australia to LA.  A hotel booked for about four nights and then nothing booked.


Unfortunately my car that was due to arrive today, is currently in Yokohama Japan, I have been tracking what was going to be a direct transit from Aust to USA.  So far it has been in Singapore, Shanghai China, Korea for a night, then to three different ports in Japan and Yokohama tonight and i am seriously hoping it will then leave for LA.  I have had two revised delivery dates with the latest now 5 July, oh and it may get delayed due to 4th July holiday (happy birthday my fellow US Members)


So the long journey to Pagodafest has definitely gone the long way.  Fingers crossed that it will at least get to LA in a week or so.  Meanwhile I think we will do some sightseeing between LA and San Diego for the next ten days.


Garry
(a somewhat concerned Pagoda owner)



Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: mmizesko on June 26, 2019, 01:30:07
Not sure how long you'll be in Columbus or when, but you are welcome to stay at my home if you don't mind a queen sized bed in the guest room. Regular Pagoda Guests. Its a big place, and I have lots of great wine, including a case or two of Mollydooker Shiraz.  Maybe I can fire up the Smoker or the Barbie.  Joe has been here many times and is of course welcome.

Let me know.

Mike
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: JamesL on June 26, 2019, 15:39:43
On the bright side, your odometer is not clocking these miles. But it'll be one very well traveled pagoda!
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Jonny B on June 27, 2019, 02:11:51
Garry,

Just keep me posted on your itinerary. I expect to be in the area the next two weeks. Then crazy time again.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on June 27, 2019, 21:51:26
Mike,


Thanks for your kind offer.  I was originally coming through Columbus on way to Virginia but things are a bit fluid at the moment as i am now linking up with Tom S in Maine at SL Tech, Grenold’s, and trucking cars from there as the Virginia/Ohio group have all disappeared and no one now appears to be trucking west from there as was originally planned.


I am still trying to work out an itinerary for that whole area as I am going to London Ontario and to Dans Gathering of the Clans round the 24th August.  i will be a few weeks before i really know, probably late in July after I start heading east out of Vancouver.


Am now currently sitting in LA waiting for my car to arrive in a week or so.  It was due here two days ago buy got detoured via china, korea and japan where is still is. Oneof those “don’t ask” situations.


Garry


Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Rolf-Dieter on June 27, 2019, 23:06:38
Hi Garry,

One of the items on my list will be to visit the Classic Centre in Irving CA, very near LA. Hours of operation Weekdays 8am to 4pm. While in the area perhaps you have it on your list also.

Hope your car delivery does not interfere with the July 4 celebrations. Did you check your contract if they coverd themselves for this sort of delay or do you have a chance to ask for compensation for there late delivery?

Looking forward to see you again.

Dieter

Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on June 29, 2019, 01:38:29
The saying is “if it can go wrong it probably will” and it has.  Car now stuck on a ship between Japan and LA and not due here until 11 July so am looking to see if I can go camping for a week or more waiting for it to arrive.  It is going to Tacoma Seattle but they are refusing to off load it there where I could catch up a bit of lost time but no luck with the shipper. So Heading for the hills somewhere in California to cool the heals until it arrives.


The best laid plans>
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Jordan on June 29, 2019, 23:02:56
Wow Garry.  You car is moving slower than the 69 containers of garbage that was shipped from the Philippines to Canada.  It left on May 31 and it is already here.  Next time just tell them your container contains garbage and ship it to Canada.  ;) ;) :o
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on July 02, 2019, 19:07:53
Today, the car is half way between Japan and Seattle travelling at 18 knot.  We are cooling our heels out in the desert at Palm Springs or there abouts in a hire car. Cooling maybe is not the correct term for out here at the moment but nice dry weather. Hopefully late next week car will arrive.


Caught up with Tom C and Oz A in LA. Passed one white Pagoda on weekend.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: 66andBlue on July 07, 2019, 20:50:21
Garry,
while you are waiting you might take a look at this and know what is ahead of you.  :)

(https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/zhGoSRw_jDawZrIF98iqIEKFKwE=/1484x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/T4Y4YOE5D4I6TA7DIX663DUNFY.jpg)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/07/07/driving-cross-country-was-crazy-idea-an-army-convoy-set-out-show-it-could-be-done
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on July 07, 2019, 22:44:53
Alfred, 


Thats exactly what it feels like at the moment wanting to get going but told to hurry up and wait for the car, just like the Army.


I have tracked the car to Tacoma Seattle, hopefully it will be to LA by late next week.

Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Rolf-Dieter on July 07, 2019, 23:38:55
Garry,

I plan to visit the Classic Centre is it also your plan that you have te time now?

Dieter

——> https://www.mercedes-benz.com/en/mercedes-benz/classic/history/mercedes-benz-classic-center-irvine/
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on July 08, 2019, 04:40:44
Rolf Dieter


Am planning a Classic Centre visit and hope to get there .


Garry
The carless
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: cbdesign on July 09, 2019, 09:06:41
A "must do" is driving up Hwy 1 from LA thru Big Sur to Carmel/Monterrey, CA.  The week of August 11th is Monterrey Car Week - the largest festival of autos in the world.  Book a hotel now as they are hard to get.  Many classic car auctions, Legends of the Autobahn is an all-German car gathering on Friday the 16th.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on July 09, 2019, 20:12:20
Our plan was to go up Highway 1 which we have done several times before.  It’s a real sham the timing will not be good for Monterey as we will be long gone hopefully somewhere in Canada by then.

Got to visit the MB Classic Centre  and catch up with Tom Hanson and also a visit to the Peterson Motor Museum yesterday. 

My tracking is now telling me the car is off the Coast of California. the closest i have been to it in several months. Now due into Long Beach in next two days.  Will believe when i see it.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on July 11, 2019, 18:52:53
Some good news at last.


The ship carrying the car docked in Long Beach at 0630 this morning.


All i need now is to be told when i can gain access.  Maybe tomorrow, maybe Monday but at least it is near by at last.


Celebrating tonight in Arrowhead CA by the lake.

Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: 49er on July 11, 2019, 19:41:49
Great news Garry. Finally!   I told this story here before but when my 280 made to Long Beach back in '68 I actually walked onto the lot of of 40 or so Mercedes that were off loaded from the ship and saw 4 SL's but only one was white. I opened the door and sat in my car for the first time. No Fences, no guard (maybe he was asleep somewhere :)). Simpler, less complicated times for sure. Hope you are enjoying your time here in CA and looking forward to meeting you in October.

John

 
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on July 11, 2019, 20:03:43
Hi John,


Went to the dock yesterday to just see how it all worked,  They were very helpful but pointed out i will need an escort to get in.  Have arranged with a local to go with me when i find out i can collect it.  Times have changed, I remember doing a similar thing to you back home once about 25 years ago on a car i shipped home from USA.  I just got in it and drove away.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: UJJ on July 12, 2019, 00:23:49
What is the escort all about Garry?
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on July 12, 2019, 00:30:34
UJ,


You are not allowed to enter any port which is a bonded area with out what is called a TWIC permit or someone who has one can escort you. They charge $75 to do the escort after you have arranged the pickup from the Port Authority.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: JamesL on July 12, 2019, 10:32:04
And breathe...
Though save some breath for the check over that all is as it should be ( and they didn’t find that hidden stash you put under the parcel shelf ;) :D )
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on July 13, 2019, 05:18:54
It has arrived and cleared bond.

A phone call whilst eating breakfast out on the deck of the cabin we have in Twin Peaks and off to Long Beach to be reunited with Bella the Beautiful.

It didn’t want to start initially but finally got going and into three hours driving out of Long Beach to the mountains and Twin Peaks/ Arrow Lake again.

Tomorrow to San Diego to take the HT off and on a stand at Jon B’s till October and then head north towards Santa Rosa to catch up with a couple more Pagoda Members, Art and Larry on Monday.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: 66andBlue on July 13, 2019, 05:59:17
👏👏

Wishing you and Kate godspeed and happy travels !
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Rolf-Dieter on July 13, 2019, 06:56:48
Safe travels Garry and Kate, see you in London, Ontario next month.

Dieter
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: neelyrc on July 13, 2019, 07:37:04
Garry, glad to see you finally liberated it!! Wishing you and Kate a pleasant journey in North America.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: kampala on July 13, 2019, 11:23:55
Garry

Glad you got Bella sprung!  Was very nice to have met up in LA while I was there (back in France now).  Enjoy the 5000 mile run and expect to see you in San Diego in October. 

Best


Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: JamesL on July 13, 2019, 15:24:26
Safe travels

We expect many updates and pictures from your journey.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on July 13, 2019, 15:25:25
Thanks all.
Only damage was a big bird poo on the rear deck lid that appears to have eaten the paint a bit. It must have happened early in the shipping.
It will be interesting to see if it starts again this morning.  The battery was dead flat and may need replacing but i have a small jump starter battery pack just in case this happened.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: wayne R on July 13, 2019, 16:50:03
Thats great news Garry and Kate,.
You will be really looking forward to driving up to your friends  at Santa Rosa,
and on north, The drive up towards Portland is a fantastic drive,.
A little bird poo ,is nothing  to what i have had  ,with cars coming back to
Australia,and  your battery if its not good, like me a few times over the years
have purchased a new battery before shipping back here, mainly Interstate  batterys
they are a really terrific batterys.My present Pagoda has one now 7 years old,holds 12.6 volts
even after not driving for a month.
Many thanks for that last email, have a great safe  trip.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: BaronYoungman on July 14, 2019, 20:22:55
This is been a soap opera to my wife who is ask me everyday if your car has been sprung and you are driving it. Today I showed her the picture and she broke out into the song reunited and it feels so good by Peaches and Herb .... so that'll play in your head for quite some time
Bob
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on July 15, 2019, 01:46:57
Not only reunited, but also apparently sprung with a photograph from behind in San Diego by one of JonB’s spy network. 


I cannot go anywhere now without being noticed.


We did a quick hot two day run up inland and now at Santa Rosa for a couple of nights and recovered  one of the lost weeks.


From now on it’s slow as we go up the coast toward Seattle.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: doitwright on July 15, 2019, 03:29:58
Gary,

How does it feel to be driving on the “right” side of the road?
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on July 15, 2019, 08:30:46
It is easier driving a rhd car on the wrong side than driving a Lhd hire car interestingly enough because it just feels wrong sitting in the hire car with everything in the wrong place and trying to keep your passenger in the gutter.


Boy does it get some funny comments at the lights when you look over at the car beside you and say g’day..


I tell my wife to sit with her hands behind her head or read the news paper. Confuses the car following, like who is driving this thing......
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on July 17, 2019, 01:46:45
Spent yesterday arvo with Art and Larry having a look at a Santa Rosa Mercedes Collectors (Pat) collection of beautifully restored and some very original MB.  Was a fantastic shed full.  Some shed. Fires burnt down the house but shed survived thankfully.


Today travelled in perfect weather, top down on to Fort Brag further i\up the West coast.  Car running well with a new battery installed yesterday, it did not like sitting for nearly three months with alarm on. I should have got one when i had my doubts initially and was at Classic Center with Tom last week.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on July 18, 2019, 07:14:28
Had the most stunning drive today from Fort Bragg north up coast then inland, following the Avenue of the Giants back road for fifty miles. Absolutely perfect top down driving conditions on some roads that rival the Big Sur drive and in some ways better than that.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: ja17 on July 18, 2019, 08:27:28
Beautiful Pictures !
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Rolf-Dieter on July 18, 2019, 14:23:10
Wonderful area of the world Garry, I drove thru one of the redwoods 31 years ago.

Enjoy the drive!

Dieter
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on July 18, 2019, 16:54:58
Rolf Dieter,


Yep, drove through the same tree.

Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Benz Dr. on July 18, 2019, 17:31:28
It is easier driving a rhd car on the wrong side than driving a Lhd hire car interestingly enough because it just feels wrong sitting in the hire car with everything in the wrong place and trying to keep your passenger in the gutter.


Boy does it get some funny comments at the lights when you look over at the car beside you and say g’day..


I tell my wife to sit with her hands behind her head or read the news paper. Confuses the car following, like who is driving this thing......

We used to carry a spare steering wheel just to mess with people we knew in oncoming cars while driving a 300SE RHD . The looks were very interesting after hanging the wheel out of the passenger window.
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: 49er on July 18, 2019, 20:58:29
Garry, Hope you had some time to spend in the Humboldt Redwoods CA state Park, like no other place on earth IMO. Attached picture of my 2 month old SL taken on the "Avenue of the Giants" circa 1968. The car gives some scale to the size of those trees. Hope you and your navigator have a great and safe ride and keep your photos and updates coming.

John

Daughter and I drove though that tree last year and I captured the moment on video when she scrapped the mirrors ever so slightly on our rental car. We were not the only ones by any means ;D
Title: Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
Post by: Garry on July 19, 2019, 06:06:04
Great picture John, it is an amazing drive through there. We loved it.

Have done 1400 miles so far and car running really well with a minor idle adjustment this morning, i think it was feeling the cool after southern California. 8) 8)   It also ticked over 60,000 miles

We tracked the Kalamazoo River Highway for half the day, crossed into Oregon and now stopped some miles south of Grants Pass on an organic herb and hemp farm for a couple of days before continuing on.