Monthly Archives: August 2014


Pebble Beach, The Chairman’s Trophy.

Sandra Button, Chairman of Pebble Beach Concours, presents us with The Chairman’s Trophy. Jay Leno was the compere. He was not only a great help to us when we arrived in the US but also a generous and gracious host. (Actually we had a ball playing cars for a few days!)¬†           On “The Lawn”, with everyone gone….         And The Trophy is useful too!

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We made it to the Grand Canyon!

After a very long day, at 6.30 pm yesterday we drove the Toledo back to Grand View Point at the Grand Canyon where it was first seen 112 years ago.   Tom Martin, who picked up our idea to try to run the original route back in May, not only became the facilitator and organiser of whole event but also the official photographer!¬† Have a look at Tom’s Facebook page for far better and in fact stunning photos of our progress.     . The back up team–all volunteers who we had never met before who worked tirelessly with Tom […]


Our first section through the Coconino Forest

    Today we started off running the car through the Coconino Forest. We had a few ¬†problems from the start when the steam valve jammed open and we had to jump off, block the wheel, take off the seat and use a screwdriver to ping it back to the stop position. Basically, when that happens we lose control of the vehicle until it loses steam. It happened quite a few times. Luckily not through sections where we were going downhill on a badly rutted road. We also had a moment when I said that there was a funny noise…” […]

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Down town in Flagstaff with the Toledo

  We had a lovely reception committee awaiting us at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel–more about them tomorrow–but they asked us if we could steam downtown to old Flagstaff to meet some historians, Richard and Sherry Mangum, sho have written some wonderful and well researched books on Flagstaff history. They very kindly gave us three copies of their “Grand Canyon -Flagstaff, the Stage Coach Line” which includes Lippincott’s original trip in 1902 with the Toledo, that we hope to re-run starting on Tuesday. Neil Weintrub, who had previously given us information about streams and tanks and water sources on the route, […]


From Yosemite to Flagstaff 20 to 25th August.

Out ‘time out’ session after Pebble Beach was to spend three days in Yosemite Valley. We saw the giant sequoia in Mariposa, which were really wonderful. We drove to Glacier Point and looked down over 3000 feet to the valley floor below and were bowled over by the awesome ( a much overused word, but in this case, totally appropriate) result of glacial action on the granite rock. We then went on the trail up to two waterfalls, the Vernal and Nevada. I say we, but actually Nick decided that an 800 foot climb was enough so I got to […]