Journey's End

Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Flag of United States  , New York
Friday, November 11, 2011

Final stage today, we drove in to New Jersey which is where we will leave Stanley for his sea trip. Along the freeway there are many bridges with US  flags displayed - is this the norm, or is it because today is Veterans Day in US. Many of the flags have regualr slits in them, which I came up with the view that they are to show respect for the injured vets. However we were late told that the slits are simply to let the wind through so the flag doesnt get damaged! I like my idea better, its more romantic.
Arrived at the shippers withoout any tyrouble. However, as we were getting ready to go in, we saw them moving a car ready for shipping, using a fork lifft truck! Is this what we have set up for Stanley? No NO NO! However, it turns out that they are non runners, and its the only way to move them. Stanley runs fine, so he wont be subjected to such indignity.
Stanley was taken inside, we took out what we wanted to take with us (except for the map of New York, left that by mistake!) And with a fond farewell, we took a taxi to the hotel where we are booked in for the next 3 nights. In a way, its a massive anticlimax, leaving Stanley and not going home. having had Stanley with us all the time for the last month, its a great wrench.
On the way to the hotel, we got the taxi driver to stop off next to the ocean so that we could deliver the bottle of Pacific water that Shelagh collected for us, into the Atlantic. I moved to the side so that the sun wasnt direct into the camera, and of course the wind blew half the water into my face. Which is why in the picture, Martin is partly obscured!
Taxi delivered us to the hotel, near JFK. Its all we could find at the time, and although we later found others that werent full, in Manhatten, they were at horrendous prices, so we kept the booking we'd made. OK, we have to take the subway in every day, but at $2,25 each way, its not that bad!
After a lunch we went into Manhatten and wandered around, looking at things in general.A huge city, with lots to look at
Came back to the hotel, went out for dinner, and now its the end of the evening.

Mileage 130, of which 70 relates to driving Stanley

Martin's Manhattan moment:
So - its done.
15000 miles driven from West to East.From Bedford in England to Bayonne in U.S.A. This leg has been much more relaxed and personally more rewarding than the first.In truth it was capable of being done (and indeed probably has) by a number of older cars and drivers from the UK if they had the determination to get over there.But the truth is I do not know of any one off hand who has. I recall a programme featuring the ubiquitous (?) and irritating Stephen Fry in which he was driving the US in a London Taxi.It was left hand drive and registered in the US.
A liitle nervousness lingers after leaving Stanley with warehouse as they had not heard direct from agents through whom I had arranged shipment home.They have the car and the registration document and I fly home on Monday,after which I have no control over situation - as if I have now.
We are in the Brooklyn district of NY - a concentrated Italian community and very busy.The accents and mannerisms are those we have all heard mimicked lots of times,but as always you can learn so much by the journey on public transport and the conversations you can strike up with people.
Its a different world but very much the same.   

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Ian Grace on

Hearty congratulations to you both from Seattle on your magnificent, once in a lifetime achievement. Enjoy the Big Apple this weekend. Try to get to lower Manhattan and visit Ground Zero - it is finally growing from the ashes. It is well worth a pause and a thought, and the memorial is now open.

The whole of the Vintage Minor Register have been following your nightly blogs and I'm kinda sorry it is all over. We hope very much to see you both at Pre-War Prescott in July as our Guests of Honour. AND you can take Stanley up the hill!

God speed,


David Mitchell on

Well done to all 3 of you!!

Stanley, have a nice rest out of the weather. Roger and Martin, have a good flight and see you soon.

There will be an Irish chapter I hope.

Best wishes


Lorraine and Roy on

Congratulations!!! Well done!!! All completed to schedule!! Stanley did a sterling job.

Fran Sharp on

Many, many congratulations to the 3 of you!
Its been great following your exploits for the past month. Very different to the last Trip, but very enlightening.
41 Club send you their best wishes.
See you soon.

Polly on


David Palmer on

A great achievement for all three of you. I do hope Stanley will be treated with the diginty he deserves. Or should that be Sir Stanley, in recogition of his outstanding durability, which, of course, goes for you two as well!

Lew & Jill on

Congratulations! Well done.

Jan & Dave on

Next stop Kop Hill, Princes Risborough Bucks, England 2012 - shall we book you in Stanley? Oh! You need Martin and Roger along too?
Enjoy NY and we look forward to the inside story of the latest adventure. Best wishes to all three if you for your journey back to the UK.

Tim (Matthews) on

“Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.”

You have made real what we as readers can only imagine. Well done to you, such a fantastic achievement. See you when you get back.

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