The #hunzikerartcar got off to a stonking start but the reality of “I’ve managed to trade two paintings for a GT3” still hasn’t completely sunk in, perhaps seeing the car in the flesh will change that.
Speaking of which, getting the white GT3 to its new home is proving to be a tad more difficult as I had imagined. Nova Scotia is about as far away from Southern California as possible, both literally and figuratively.
After a week of getting time and cost quotes from a handful of car transport companies, I came to the following conclusion: Don’t acquire a car that is located 3,600 miles away from your home base… on a peninsula surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean… in a different country…
I called some friends in the trade and everyone had the same reaction to the Halifax, Nova Scotia to Torrance, California quotes: “That can’t be right… why is it four times as expensive and takes five times as long as shipping a car cross-country?”
As I didn’t have any experience in shipping cars across North America, I reached out to my friend, Brett Sloan (of Sloan Cars) and his initial reaction was the same: It should take about a week and cost $1,300. He decided to look into himself but came up with the same results: It would cost close to $5K and it would take about 5 weeks to have the car shipped to Southern California.
I discussed it with Mr. Topanga (the gentleman who kickstarted the#hunzikerartcar by trading me the cost of the GT3 for two paintings) and he was just as pragmatic as me: “Why don’t you just drive it back? It would make for a better story anyway.”
The idea of driving the GT3 back from wherever it was located always appealed to me, after all, these cars were made for driving. I really didn’t want to wait over a month for my GT3 to arrive. I expressed this sentiment to Brett as well. Before I knew it, we were planning a road trip and I had a co-pilot for my GT3 – Halifax to Torrance adventure.
In case you’re not familiar with Brett Sloan, in addition to being a proper wheeler dealer, he has an art school background and is a terrific photographer (you can find some of his work here), so it’s going to be great to have a fantastic shooter on board as a co-pilot. Our plan is to document our GT3 cross-country trip in the style of a photo journal. We’ll be posting daily updates on this site and on our Instagram and our Facebook pages.
Brett and I are scheduled to meet in Halifax this coming week and the next big question is which route to take. If you have a suggestion, please let me know below in the comments section. I’ve never driven across North America and I’m looking forward to getting to know the GT3. I’d like to make a stop in Toronto as I have some friends there but if any of you have some suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
3 thoughts on ““Nova Scotia to California in a GT3?””
THIS is the right way to get a car across the country. There’s no better way. If your co-pilot ends up in a bind and can’t make it, I’ll gladly be a stand in 😉
Looking forward to some great trip photos.
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You should drive teh Beartooth Highway northwest of Yellowstone National Park. Major twisties at high elevation. Part of teh highway is well anive treeline with incredable vista. I’ve driven it twice. The second time we drove from the town of Red Lodge to Cody Wyoming had lunch and drove back on the route we drove in the morning. The next day we drove it again and continued into Yellowstone National Park and the Tetons National Park. I would love to do that drive again. I would also suggest contacting some of the PCA regions on your route. I’m sure some members would love to escort you quickly through on their favorite roads. Love your project. Wishing you much success with it.