Travel Drives

What­ever your au­to­mo­tive pro­cliv­i­ties, we’re here to help in­spire your next grand out­ing. Apart from our own travel ad­ven­tures cov­ered in this is­sue, here are four more of our fa­vorite of­fer­ings worth check­ing out.

Automobile - - Contents - By Au­to­mo­bile Staff

Look­ing for a new driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence? Or a new coun­try to drive in? We’ve gath­ered up a num­ber of one-of-a-kind ways you can.

Cruisin’ Hawaii

It can be tough to steal away for some me time on a fam­ily va­ca­tion—and even tougher if you want to use that time to sat­isfy your gear­head crav­ings. Sure, it’s easy to find a golf course, pool, or beach, es­pe­cially in Maui or sim­i­lar re­treats, but Hawaii isn’t a place you likely think of as a driver’s des­ti­na­tion. As a re­cent out­ing to The Val­ley Isle re­vealed, though, par­adise can pro­vide a sur­prise.

David Gentry, who runs his op­er­a­tion via peerto-peer car rental ser­vices DriveShare and Turo, and his part­ners, Moon­star Greene and Yuri Soledade—pro­pri­etors of the Paia Fish Mar­ket restau­rants—are the kind of peo­ple who find a way to do what they love re­gard­less of lo­cale.

Gentry is a scrappy dude in his early 40s who, when not wax­ing rhap­sod­i­cally on the virtues of short-throw gear­boxes, works as a com­mer­cial con­trac­tor. He talks mostly about the ob­jects of his pas­sions: his fleet of cars. It isn’t big, but it in­cludes a 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000, a 2012 Porsche Cay­man R, a 2002 Lo­tus Elise, and a slew of late-model and vin­tage Minis.

So drive we did, along with Gentry, Soledade, and Greene. Up and down and around the is­land, we switched be­tween the Porsche, the Lo­tus, and the Alfa. Even among weapons like the Cay­man and Elise, it was the aged and finicky Ital­ian clas­sic that spoke vol­umes. Com­ing down the dor­mant vol­cano Haleakala in a cold, side­ways rain, shift­ing through the gears, it fi­nally felt like this was the va­ca­tion we’ve al­ways sought.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.