If you're looking for an excuse to take a road trip, it might be in your best interest to take note of Dave Schaub. The 59-year-old from California loves road trips - he's done drives to Canada, Colorado, Indianapolis, North Carolina and other places just for fun - but his latest venture will be his most ambitious by far.
"Instead of burning up gas and rubber, let's do it for a purpose," Schaub says of his latest outing. On September 8, Schaub will set out in his 1932 Ford Highboy roadster replica to travel 9800 miles in nine days, with a goal of raising $100,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Stanford.
During his trip, Schaub plans to drive through 49 states. He'll start from Needles, California, driving southeast before heading up the east coast, then cutting across British Columbia, Canada on his way to Alaska. He'll have to drive about 1,000 miles a day to reach his goal, and he'll attempt to hit 12 states on his longest day. He'll sleep for six hours a night, and have 45 minute power naps.
His replica was built in the late '90s at the Roy Brizio Street Rods shop in San Francisco, and sports a 355-hp small-block Chevy engine mated to a GM automatic transmission, a layout that can return about 22 mpg, Schaub says. With 60,000 miles on it, the only breakdown was the result of a fuel-pump problem. Although Schaub is confident his car can make the trip, he's bringing an extra fuel pump and two navigation devices just in case.