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The Ultimate Road Trip Adventure: The Richardson Pan American Expedition 1941

 Featured Photo: Never before published color photo of the flags that adorned the sides of the car doors. Photo by C. Allen Brady, taken in Mexico City. Brady was the Plymouth engineer who put the car together for the Expedition.  Source: Adventure South Photo Album

Every once in a while I like to get away from the serious stuff I publish here and insert a story that I find during my research that is off subject.

I found this 1941 Expedition following the route of the not yet existing Pan American Highway (at the time) to be something that I felt many of my readers would like. Do yourself a favor. Take an hour off and join these” three damn fools”, as their friends called them, on an Adventure that is truly amazing. . Your Editor Dennis Crenshaw

Envelope. Source: Adventure South Photo Album



Photo: Expedition Members pose in front of Detroit News Building Before Embarking.  All photos by Richardson Expedition

The Richardson Pan American Expedition


By Jim Benjaminson


“The Richardson Pan-American Highway Expedition is perhaps one of the greatest automotive stones of all time. In scope and magnitude it surpasses those pioneer automobilists that first crossed the United States at the turn of the century The Richardson Expedition crossed not only this country but encompassed the area spanning two continents-crossing trackless wilderness, endless mud. un-chartered territory and obstacles of every sort that Mother Nature could throw against them. The men of the expedition, Sullivan C Richardson, Arnold Whitaker and Kenneth C. Van Hee were many times called “Three Damn Fools” by friends and foes alike. It is a title that was perhaps fitting, considering the almost insurmountable odds against their succeeding -but succeed they did -and now that title is worn proudly- The Richardson Pan American Highway Expedition was perhaps the last great automotive adventure undertaken on the face of this earth”. . . . Read Complete Article/photos

Adventure South: Rough Road to Panama and Rugged Road to Cape Horn  YouTube ~ MetzenJSR

Published on May 8, 2013

Here’s the movie (1947) my grandfather made about his Pan-American Highway Expedition (1941).
This video has both segments: Rough Road to Panama and Rugged Road to Cape Horn