Blues Brothers Road Trip
By: V8 Supercars
Members of the V8 Supercars family have taken some unusual routes to Texas for this weekend's first American track action.
The Kelly brothers set a course that detoured through Lynchburg, Tennessee so that Rick and Todd could visit the home base of their major sponsors, Jack Daniel's whiskey, and there have also been NASCAR stop-offs with Marcos Ambrose reunions for a number of others.
But no-one can beat the effort of Roland Dane and Paul Morris, with a full Blues Brothers road trip from San Diego to Austin.
Australia's own Jake and Elwood bought an ex-police cruiser in California and headed east to ensure they get a full cultural immersion from their time in America.
The road run for Dane and The Dude should cover just on 2000 kilometres with their plain black Ford Crown Victoria, which still has the giant front nudge bar and driver's side spotlight – for highlighting after-dark crime – in place.
But, on the first morning they managed an unplanned detour.
"Lost our way and ended up in Vegas," reported Dane.
The Blues Brothers plan took plenty of organisation, as the car in question was delivered by sometime V8 Supercars long-distance co-driver Boris Said – one of Morris's mates – outside San Diego.
The car is running on a trade plate provided by Rick Hendricks – the NASCAR team owner – organisation through his new-car sales empire.
But the most important questions are who is driving and what they are doing for music.
"Sharing the driving. Off to buy some CDs as the cop radio doesn't work," said Dane.