Category Archives: Road Trip

Songs on Saturday ~ Lovely Day

this is the first day of the rest of my life

I just wanted to play something gentle and uplifting today.  This Bill Withers song fits the bill perfectly.

I hope you remember this as well as I do.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

this was a lovely day with my friend Marmaduke

Scenes on Sunday ~ Stelvio

there are bold drivers and there are old drivers
but there are no old bold drivers

One of the places in the world I most want to go back to is 15 miles of road between Davos in Switzerland and Stelvio in Italy.  The Stelvio Pass.

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I drove it twice, once in a TR6

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and once in a 7

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Some are stupid enough to ride the Stelvio on a motorcycle.  It is to be hoped that they had their life assurance up to date.  Do not drive the Stelvio in bad weather or at night, unless you are very brave.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Detroit never dreamed that a road like the climb to the Stelvio Pass existed

Scenes on Sunday ~ Mountains

it isn’t about reaching the top
it is all about the climb

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

the distant mountains of the moon

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Lifted

first, find the peace within yourself

Not that anyone would believe it, but The Lighthouse Family are an English band, from Newcastle upon Tyne.  That’s not why I chose this song, it’s because I feel the need to be lifted from the slough of despond I’ve been suffering.

I believe that I’ve driven that road, just out of Death Valley, California.

Probably in a Mustang Convertible.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

sometimes, only a Mustang convertible will do

Scenes on Sunday ~ Sara

I am not a number, I am a free man

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

basically, I can build anything

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Vanishing Point

high speed means freedom of the soul

The movie Vanishing Point is as far away from a ‘chick flick’ as it’s possible to get ~ the whole thing is just one long car chase with minimal dialogue and a lot of engine noise.  What’s not to like?

A 1970 Dodge Challenger is a very cool car indeed.

I’ve driven newer Challengers, and I’ve driven on those roads, but these days Dodge Muscle Cars are emasculated shadows of greater, faster, classics.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

anyhow, in the desert I prefer a convertible Mustang

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

10,000 feet from Coachella Valley to San Jacinto Peak

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

it’s 30 or 40 degrees colder

when you get to the top

and it’s not for those

scared of heights

Sports Car Poetry

drive her like it’s your last day

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long wide roads

soft top hard driving

toward the setting sun

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

any colour you like

as long as she’s white 

Tunes on Tuesday ~ top of the pops

hello guys and gals

Back when I was a kid there was a TV show called Top of the Pops.  You were nobody if you weren’t on there.  Noted pedophiles who were on TOTP include Jimmy Savile and Rolf Haris.  Liked one, didn’t like the other.

So from that era. Or a bit later.

Canned Heat.

I owned a mini.

I dated a girl who wore a mini and platforms.

she was older, and married.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

1275 A series

Scenes on Sunday ~ Blue

warm, warm Californian desert

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

cold, cold North Sea

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