Posted Jul 17th 2012 2:58PM
John Jackson is our kind of guy. As a professional automotive photographer, he's managed to combine his passion for photography and beautiful machinery into a vocation. But unlike most shooters, Jackson prefers to get off the beaten path to suss out the custom rides that would typically get passed over in favor of big-shop productions. How does he do that? He takes to the road in his own custom 1964 Chevrolet Corvair van. There's no air conditioning, and the air-cooled engine can only crank the van up to 60 mph (96 km/h), but that hasn't stopped Jackson from covering 170,000 miles (273,588 kms) in just four years.
That may seem absurd in a world where modern minivans offer three-zone climate control and can outrun most classic sports cars in the 0-60 dash. But as Jackson put it, in 1964, people drove these things across country all the time. Amen!
All told, he puts an average of 60,000 miles (96,500 kms) a year on the van, which underscores something in which we believe wholeheartedly: if you have a classic car, drive it. Few actions can lead to death and decay faster than leaving a machine squirreled away in a garage somewhere.
Click here to check out Depth of Speed's look at Jackson and his classic Chevrolet van below.