CROSSING THE ROCKIES BY CAR
CAR CROSSING THE ROCKIES BY
ROSSING America by road is still an adventure. In
a letter to the Rolls-Royce Company, an English motorist describes his experiences during an 18months tour through the United States and Canada, during which he covered 50,000 miles in a standard Phantom II.
He had to cross deserts at top speed, with the temperature 110 deg. in the shade, and at other times had to drive when it was 30 deg. below zero. In Montana and Wyoming he motored all day at altitudes twice that of the highest peak in this country, and several times crossed the Canadian and American Rockies at between 10,000 and 13,000 feet, over roads so bad that Europe, he says, cannot duplicate them except in Turkey and Greece. By way of
comparison, the Stelvio Pass, the highest motor road in Europe, never rises to more than about 6,400 feet.
At one stage he debated whether he should exchange his car for a cheap American tourer, but after a few months experience, however, he found his own British car was a better “colonial model” than he could buy in America.