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Garry

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Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« 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
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2018, 08:31:06 »
Awesome

That's one very big bucket you must keep your list in!
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #2 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 :-)
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2018, 09:23:27 »
Peter,


I was thinking it is east of me and upside down as well. ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #4 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)
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #5 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
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2018, 00:37:45 »
Has any one else on the US east coast, started to figure out shipping?

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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #7 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.

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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #8 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
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2018, 01:18:53 »
Thanks Garry ,you have it all under control----regards Wayne.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #10 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.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #11 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.
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #12 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


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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #13 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
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1964 VW Kombi Split Screen (Muffin Top) Single Cab Utility Blue 334G lower, top 350H. Restored
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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #14 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/


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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #15 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.


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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #16 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.

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Re: Getting to San Diego in Oct 2019
« Reply #17 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.


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1964 VW Kombi Split Screen (Muffin Top) Single Cab Utility Blue 334G lower, top 350H. Restored
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2016 VW T6 4x4 pop top Camper