Transport From California to Florida

Transport  From  California  to  Florida

This wasn’t a simple affair because we were going to ship four cars home on one big truck – so we called in the “big guns” – Dennis Gerdes and crew.  It turned out to be an all day and night affair, but the truck was loaded and on its way to Florida with the stewardship of Dennis Gerdes – for which none of this would have been possible.  Thanks Dennis!  And the cars we were shipping?  1952 Maverick Sportster, 1955 Siebler Special, 1950 Leo Lyons Custom Mercury and the now famous Ralph Bush Singer Race Car.

On the morning of that the cars would arrive in Tampa, Florida…Rick D’Louhy and I were returning from a trip to the Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’Elegance.  We drove straight though from there to Tampa, Florida to meet the trailer and got there with 30 minutes to spare.  But we were coming home with more – a rare Aerocon “Porsche” Boa and a Singer chassis ready to become a “Singer Special” in the future.  To say this was a “busy morning” unloading everything from the California transport trailer and our own trailer and truck would be an understatement.

And of course there was – and always is – “drama.”  Rick and I blew a tire and ripped the trailer fender off on the trip (you can see it on the trailer if you look closely.)  And…when we were unloading the Ralph Bush Singer, the retaining rope came loose and the helper who was near the car leaped into the car and steered it “at speed” coming off the upper deck ramp of the trailer.  It must have hit the ground doing 20 mph.  Unfortunately, I have many stories like this but with all happy endings.  And by the way, the Siebler is now restored, the Leo Lyons is restored and debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Maverick is nearly finished as of June, 2020.  Not bad for our industrious Undiscovered Classics Team 🙂  Guess which car is next for the restoration que – the Ralph Bush Racing Singer 🙂

Let’s have a look at some of the pictures!

Loading  Up  In  California

Arriving  in  Tampa,  Florida  –  And  Unloading