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NICOL, John. The All-Red Route : From Halifax to Victoria in a 1912 Reo. Toronto: McArthur & Co., (1999). First Printing. Pp (6),vii-ix,(1),1-358. Large 8vo, tan cloth, red lettering to spine. "In 1912 , Jack Haney, a 23-year-old mechanic with the Reo Motor Car Comany of St. Catharines, Ontario, setout in a 1912 Reo Special touring car with the English writer Thomas Wilby . Their aim was to be the first to drive a car from the Atlantic to the Pacific entirely within Canada. Lorne Findlay, a retired mechanic from Vancouver, and John Nicol, a writer from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, recreated that historic trip 85 years later, from August 27 until October 18, 1997. The All-Red Route is an account of both trips: the untold story of the frirstattempt to find a motor route across a barely tamed and largely uninhabite d country, and the recreation of that hisotoric adventure, in the Reo, staying in the same towns on the same nights, even in some of the same hotels. Greeted by vintage car clubs at every town along the way, the Reo proved tobe a magnet for an engaging array of characters, both in 1912 and at centu ry's end. The country, oft course, had changed dramatically in 85 yean, duein no small measure to one of last century's greatest inventions - the car . This compelling trip is not only a celebration of the automobile, but also an examination of its effects on our cities and our lives. The All-Red Route provides a delightful travel and history guide to Canada as it was and is.. " - from the dj. Chapter 1. Converging on Halifax. Truck wheels flying; Road rage, The Ocean Limited; A transcontinental shaving kit: The lost Reo; A train on the windowsill; The pig and the steel girder; Shogun's Tokaido Road; Spittoons amidst the rain. Chapter 2. Farewell to Nova Scotia. A fake fisherman's village; Brothers and friends reunited; A ring ot cheers anda crackle of stones: Paying for the CPR's axle grease; Glooscap of the Mi' qmaqs; Kaiser king of the road; Recirgo Moncton. Chapter 3. New Brunswick on the Weld. A cracked hinge and broken taxi drivers; The wedding; The box camera; Journey's end?; Preachers who weld and walk; The shock in St-Jacques; Transcontinental runner meets transcontinental driver; The Continental kss; Bonne Anniversaire. And so on to the west. Very good in dustjacket. 20.00
Title: All-Red Route : From Halifax to Victoria in a 1912 Reo. in dj.
Publisher: McArthur & Co., Toronto, 1999, ISBN:155278097x:
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