Track Tour of the Daytona International Speedway

Last weekend I attended the 56th NASCAR Daytona 500, my first ever NASCAR race. This weekend I decided to return to the track and do a tour of the Daytona International Speedway and get a view from the other side of the race. First off you head out on a tram and go around the outside of…

2014 NASCAR Daytona 500

I attended my first ever NASCAR race over the weekend. I picked a big one too. “America’s race” the 2014 Daytona 500 (the 56th year of the race) at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. “America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, badass speed.“ – Eleanor Roosevelt, 1936 The completely made up opening text to the…

Not a bad little weekend…

Did a bit of road touring around eastern Florida in a muscle car. Saw a Space Shuttle and the most powerful rocket man has ever built. Touched the Moon! Then finished the weekend off with “Hey there, Blimpy Boy’s”… Yes, in my book that’s a good weekend indeed!

Ford Rouge Factory Classics

When you do a tour of the famous Ford Rouge Factory in Dearborn, Michigan you enter a Legacy Gallery at the welcome centre that contains some of the classic Ford cars of years gone by. The cars are beautifully restored and were once all produced at the very factory they are now displayed within. These cars follow the early lineage of Ford motor…

Stainless Steel Classics

During a visit to the Western Reserve Historical Society Museum in Cleveland, Ohio I was very impressed by the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection they have on display there. The collection includes over 140 antique vehicles plus aircraft, motorcycles, bicycles, boats and carriages! For me some of the most unique vehicles they had there were 3 stainless steel bodied…

Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Me Away

Earlier this year I was travelling through the badlands of North Dakota in Theodore Roosevelt National Park when I stumbled upon a beautiful sight which immediately put The Rolling Stones into my mind. Wild horses were all around me! Native horses became extinct on the North American continent over 10,000 years ago. They were reintroduced by the Spanish in…

110 Years Ago the Wright Brothers took flight

110 years ago one of the most significant aviation milestones took place in the sand dunes near Kitty Hawk, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. On Dec 17th, 1903 at 10:35am, brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright conducted the first ever controlled heavier than air, engine powered flight in the aircraft they designed and built themselves, the Wright Flyer. After 4 years…

When in Maine eat as the Mainers do

OK so I am not the biggest seafood fan. I will eat it but would prefer a good juicy steak anytime over seafood. When I recently found myself on the coast of Maine, visiting Acadia National Park I thought I better try a Maine lobster. I think I had only ever eaten lobster once before and…

North vs. South – The Dakota’s that is!

North and South Dakota in the far north of the United States have some of the most wondrous scenery in the country. The Great Plains, National Grasslands and The Badlands to name a few. They are also some of the least populated states. I was recently in the Dakota’s and here are just a few…

An Aussie Nomad’s quest to reach all 50 States

Ok, so I am way behind in writing about my current travels but given my recent posts are about very diverse geographical locations you might have guessed I have been on the move quite a bit of late! In September 2012 I decided to leave Seattle, Washington and return to Australia for a while (via some travels in…

In the footsteps of The Blues Brothers

One of my favourite movies from the 1980’s is the cult classic The Blues Brothers. The movie was directed by John Landis and starred John Belushi as “Joliet” Jake Blues (John was born in Chicago in 1949. Sadly he died in Hollywood in 1982. Far too young at just 33) and Dan Akroyd (a Canadian born in Ottawa in 1952) as Elwood…

Hello Chicagoland!

After leaving Indianapolis, Brad my friend from Australia and I completed our 2 week road trip across the heartland of America which had started in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, crossing into Ohio and Indiana before ending in the “Windy City” of Chicago, Illinois (apart from a day trip to Milwaukee). So this is Part 6 of a series of photos of that journey showing cityscapes,…