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The Drive Home II, Days 9 & 10: Tailwinds

By William Hall. Photos by the author.

Until today, the antagonist in the narrative of The Drive Home II has been the mechanical difficulties with the three classics, and not the much-anticipated winter weather. That narrative changed when lake effect snow blew into Grand Rapids for our last push “home” to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The morning started by winching the 1917 Crane-Simplex out of its trailer in Grand Rapids for another quick pre-dawn television spot, just as snowflakes started to dance off its Rockefeller Blue hood. The young TV newswoman exclaimed, “Ooh, it’s like the car in the Titanic movie!” Little did she know, the whole tour up to this point had been like the Titanic movie.

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