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NutmegCT
10-01-2016, 08:08 AM
Some of you guys have seen these before. The black and white photo is what inspired me to make my 2013 cross country drive.

About seven years ago, I was paging through an old Motor Trend magazine.

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I noticed an interesting photo in an article describing a coast to coast drive done in a Mercedes-Benz sedan.

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At the time, I thought - that man sure looks familiar. And after a few seconds, realized it was my Dad, and the two young'ns are me and my brother, age around 8 and ten. The car was passing through Texas on its drive across the USA, and Dad took us to see it at a local Studebaker dealership.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was the beginning of "Mac and Phyllis Take a Trip", which you see in my signature line below.

wow

JPSmit
10-01-2016, 08:54 AM
I had forgotten - great memories and great story - thanks for the reminder!

DrEntropy
10-02-2016, 09:36 PM
Recognized th' photo before I read the post. Ya shoulda heard me laughin' from "up there", Tom!

GTP1960
10-03-2016, 09:05 PM
That pic looks like it could be right out of a Rockwell painting.....
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kennypinkerton
10-03-2016, 11:49 PM
That's cool. Id bet good money I've never been in a magazine picture.

Basil
10-03-2016, 11:52 PM
That's cool. Id bet good money I've never been in a magazine picture.

You mean you weren't Miss October 1976?

Keith_M
10-04-2016, 08:58 AM
I remember seeing a photo of Mac and Phyllis clipped to the dashboard, but I don't remember ever seeing that picture in person. Did you bring it with you on the trip?

Keith

NutmegCT
10-04-2016, 03:08 PM
Hi Keith!

Yep - I showed you the photo right before I left, after we all enjoyed that excellent waffles breakfast. Mom and Dad's wedding photo accompanied me during the entire 7300 mile adventure. That's why I could finish the blog with "Mac and Phyllis *took* their trip".

T.

kennypinkerton
10-04-2016, 11:57 PM
You mean you weren't Miss October 1976?

That would have been creepy as I was only 4 then. But who knows, maybe lol.

NutmegCT
10-05-2016, 06:18 AM
Me leaving Keith's house!

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Keith_M
10-05-2016, 09:19 AM
Hi Keith!

Yep - I showed you the photo right before I left, after we all enjoyed that excellent waffles breakfast. Mom and Dad's wedding photo accompanied me during the entire 7300 mile adventure. That's why I could finish the blog with "Mac and Phyllis *took* their trip".

T.

I remember seeing the photo of Mac and Phyllis; I don't remember seeing the photo of your dad and you looking at the Mercedes.

Keith_M
10-05-2016, 09:20 AM
Now there's a good memory!



Me leaving Keith's house!

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NutmegCT
10-05-2016, 03:40 PM
Keith - the photo of me, my brother, and my dad was in Motor Trend magazine. I never had the original photo.

Hope that clears things up!

Tom M.

AngliaGT
12-17-2016, 12:38 AM
I found the original press pictures (B&W) of that trip,
at a local book store.I was going to buy them,& send them to Tom,but
was told that they wanted $100 for the four packets of them,but would
take $75. I might just pick up one of them.

NutmegCT
12-17-2016, 10:13 AM
That's great news, and a great find. Do all four packets contain the photos for the original M-B trip that was reported in the June 1959 Motor Trend?

Doug - thanks for the PMs!
Tom M.

AngliaGT
12-17-2016, 06:59 PM
Yes,I believe so.Started in LA.
Not sure how they ended up here.
They were in a collection of old brochures -
there was one for a DKW van.

NutmegCT
12-17-2016, 07:11 PM
Thanks Doug. This may be a different trip. The Motor Trend article says the trip began in Seattle.

Then San Francisco, then LA. Take a look at the attached M-B brochure, showing the route.

Tell you what ... if you can get all four sets of photos for $75, I'll repay you, and also cover postage to me.

Tom M.

AngliaGT
12-17-2016, 09:21 PM
Will do - I'll pick them up on Monday.
PM me your mailing information.
I love it when I come across something
like this!I was downtown,& decided to go by,& see if
they had any automotive books.I went into the same
shop a while back,& they had a whole bunch of interesting
brochures,including one for an NSU RO80.
I also found a manual for the Ford 1965 DOHC
Competition Engine.

AngliaGT
12-19-2016, 12:26 AM
Tom,

You were right,the trip originated in Seattle,Washington.
I picked up all the pictures today (34 of them!).I'll try & get them
out tomorrow.
The coolest thing was that the bookstore owner told me
that he got them from Bill Carroll's estate (+ other various brochures).
Turns out that Bill lived in McKinleyville,about 15 miles North of here.

JPSmit
12-19-2016, 12:42 AM
This is too cool! Please scan a few and throw them up after you get them Tom :cheers: and, once again, how great is it to be part of a forum that makes this possible.

NutmegCT
12-19-2016, 07:11 AM
Woo-hoo! This is great news! Thanks to Doug for doing all the leg work. I'll certainly scan and post the photos once they've arrived here.

(By the way, you won't believe what a crazy idea this has given me ...)

:crazy:
Tom M.

JPSmit
12-19-2016, 09:53 AM
(By the way, you won't believe what a crazy idea this has given me ...)

:crazy:
Tom M.

trust me...... :rolleyes: :crazyeyes: :wink:

Mickey Richaud
12-19-2016, 09:58 AM
Woo-hoo! This is great news! Thanks to Doug for doing all the leg work. I'll certainly scan and post the photos once they've arrived here.

(By the way, you won't believe what a crazy idea this has given me ...)

:crazy:
Tom M.

Let me know if you make it over this way... :wink:

NutmegCT
12-19-2016, 10:28 AM
Guys - if it's a 1959 M-B diesel, you'll *hear* it coming a mile off.

wondering ... wondering ...

AngliaGT
12-19-2016, 07:36 PM
Oops! - forgot to ad this......

www.legacy.com/obituaries/times-standard/obituary.aspx?pid=169871078

NutmegCT
12-19-2016, 07:44 PM
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/times-standard/obituary.aspx?pid=169871078

Thanks Doug.

Wow - Marilyn Monroe was a model for him. Before she was known as Marilyn Monroe.

He had quite a wonder-filled life.

AngliaGT
12-19-2016, 09:35 PM
I just wish I'd known that he moved here.
I might have been able to have had a great visit.