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.