Tell us About Your Car’s Worst Road Trip Breakdown
Photography by David Marvier and Yoav Gilad
A couple of weeks ago we asked you to share photos of your greatest road trip and we received lots of great submissions. But there is always the risk, especially with a classic car that you’ll break down. And if you’re far from home, in an unfamiliar area, then that risk is greater as you may not have a suitable place to perform the necessary repairs or even be able to get the required parts.
Just last week, attending a new Los Angeles-area Cars & Coffee, my upper radiator hose exploded as I pulled in. While the steam escaping was impressive and made for quite an entrance, I was stranded thirty miles from home. Fortunately, some new friends offered their help. One fellow with a British car had “Rescue Tape” for just such an incident and once my Viper had cooled down, we wrapped the hose tightly, bought some coolant down the road, and refilled the radiator. It lasted about ten miles before there was steam escaping rapidly and the temperature gauge soared. I shut down immediately and some of my new friends who were actually following me to ensure I made it home, stopped and called me a tow truck. It showed up quickly and I made it home to repair my car with no real trouble. It certainly beat breaking down in the New Mexico desert last year, but that is a story for another time.
So what’s been your worst breakdown and what did it take for you to make it home?