Tag Archive for South America

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

Retro: Underground river ‘Rio Hamza’ discovered 4km beneath the Amazon (w/video)

from The Gardian

, science correspondent


Covering more than 7 million square kilometres in South America, the Amazon basin is one of the biggest and most impressive river systems in the world. But it turns out we have only known half the story until now.

Brazilian scientists have found a new river in the Amazon basin – around 4km underneath the Amazon river. The Rio Hamza, named after the head of the team of researchers who found the groundwater flow, appears to be as long as the Amazon river but up to hundreds of times wider. . .  Read Complete Report

From youtube

Hitler didn’t kill himself in Berlin, claims book

Hitler didn’t kill himself in Berlin, claims book
Asian News International, ANI
London, October 18, 2011

Photo – Cropped From Public Domain: Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, June 1940 (NARA)

A new book has claimed that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler did not kill himself in Berlin in 1945 but ended his days in Argentina. British journalist Gerrard Williams said he and co-author Simon Dunstan found an ôoverwhelming amount of evidenceö to suggest Hitler died an old man in South America.

Many historians say that the Nazi leader died in his Berlin bunker in 1945 – but Williams claims their research, looking at newly de-classified documents and forensic tests, challenges this. . . continue