Spotter’s Guide To The Jan/Feb Issue Of Hagerty Magazine

If you’re receiving Hagerty magazine, you’ve already had a chance to read my tale of cross-border bribery and live-animal evasion in Southeast Asia. If you aren’t, we have it on the web now. If you would like to receive our magazine but don’t get it now… in the near future we will be making it easier for you to get the magazine and first-rate roadside assistance for about the price of Road&Track’s sneaky little automatic subscription renewals.

19 Replies to “Spotter’s Guide To The Jan/Feb Issue Of Hagerty Magazine”

  1. AvatarMLCraven

    Wonderful essay, Jack. Car people, like submariners and underground miners, are the same all over the world. Brothers and sisters united by common enthusiasms, fears and understanding.

  2. AvatarScout_Number_4

    Another great read, Jack. My favorite vintage Baruth quote:

    “Yes, I sat on a beach facing the Andaman Sea, the only white man for miles in either direction, and ate french fries. Put that in your first edition of Eat Pray Love and smoke it, why dontcha?”

    I made about 7-8 trips to Asia in a past work life, but never got out of the big cities much. I would never have been brave enough to drive in many of the countries I visited–certainly NOT Thailand.

    Let the good times roll, sir.


  3. AvatarWill

    Gonna link this here, it’s interesting about darksiding. I think I remember Jack talking about this some time ago, but could be wrong.

  4. Avatarstingray65

    Great road trip story – more geographically and culturally exotic than anything Peter Egan wrote for R&T, but without the travails of a vintage car hosting a few guitars in the trunk. Next time do it in an old Cadillac or Lotus and include take some of your guitars along and you will have all the boxes checked. Thanks for sharing your excellent adventure.

  5. AvatarJohn C.

    Interesting the idea of going to Thailand and paying up to avoid Thai food. My 24 year old daughter and the crowd she runs with does the same to avoid American food. I criticize her for it. When the long haired, well fed white guy comes to the poor Thai place in his CLS350 where people are still hauling families on Honda Cubs and scooters and then makes a point of avoiding the food and judging them based on their sanitary facilities, it makes you wonder if the border guards would have been right to turn you back. You were asking a great deal of the local man’s stomach.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      Well I was trying to make a point, perhaps too subtle, about the currently fashionable food idolatry in our culture.

      Also, after twenty years of moronic self-flagellation about the superiority of foreign cultures, dont you find it refreshing that I, or anyone, might insist on an American meal?

      • AvatarCJinSD

        Back when I was young and cute, I crewed a sailing yacht for a high net worth individual. Wherever in the world the yawl went, he’d seek out a Quarter Pounder with Cheese as soon as his feet hit the ground. I don’t recall hearing whether he found one in Djibouti or not.

      • AvatarJohn C.

        True enough Jack. The argument with my daughter degenerated when she said she judges people based on whether they can use chopsticks. I can’t. We were eating overpriced ramen out of a big bowl that resembled a dog bowl. I told her this was obviously a Japanese variation of peasant food designed to be slopped out after working all the day in the field while sitting cross legged on the floor for lack of table and chairs. The reason our Japanese friends were using chop sticks was because the country was a few centuries behind on metal working. She looked at me like I was crazy.

        • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

          Are you saying that the folks who made samurai swords and hermetically sealed tea tins didn’t know how to work metal? Perhaps not on industrial level but Asian cultures have a long history of making stuff out of metal.

          • AvatarJohn C.

            The country was opened up to trade against their will because they did not know how to build a cannon in the 19th century. If cannons could be made of wood they probably could have managed it. The country had its strengths and one of them was adaptation. When they realized they desperately needed to know how to do such things, they opened them self up to unworthy foreigners and stole the knowledge from the Dutch. So you know yay Japanese, or really yay Holland. Hollands role in it is forgotten wrongly, as it tends to create a skewed picture of Asian societies.

            Is it a coincidence they were manipulating their food with twigs, now romanticized as chop sticks. I don’t think so.

  6. Avatarrambo furum

    The writing is what we all know and love here, but the illustrations were a surprising bonus. They’ve really become a rarity in the age of ubiquitous digital photos.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      All credit to Todd Kraemer, the art director, who took 500 Samsung phone photos, considered them for a while, and then decided to go the illustration route. I was really charmed by it and we will be doing it more in the future.

  7. AvatarGene

    Powerful Jack. That’s the kind of writing that made 14 year old me fall in love with car magazines, travel writing and freedom.

  8. Avatar-Nate

    Thanx Jack ~

    Another great travel story in the bag .

    The artworks are a bonus .

    The tiny Motos, border and police encounters remind me of bombing around Guatemala in the mid 1970’s .

    Agreed, next time take your guitar .


  9. Avatarbluebarchetta

    Excellent article, Jack. The final paragraph, and the final sentence, sum up my attitude about cars perfectly. And crossing the Thai border in cars with faux police markings? Fantastic. I thought I was reading C/D in 1986 for a moment.

    Yes, please tell us how we can subscribe to Hagerty’s mag without buying their insurance. After reading Sam Smith’s eco-tripe “Peaks and Valleys” a couple of issues ago, I’m ready to ditch R&T. Makes me sad, but if I wanted to be guilt-tripped for enjoying ICE vehicles, I’d pick up Mother Jones.

    • AvatarPanzer

      Yeah Smith’s article is a shame. The data seems legit, but the way it’s being used as a pretext to roll back our democracies isn’t, and to see him play a part in that as if cars are the problem rather than industry and building heating is disheartening.

  10. Avatarhank chinaski

    When I travel, I unconsciously calculate the likelihood that me and mine would survive the ‘golden hour’ in a traffic mishap, and this at a Griswold vacation, decidedly un-gonzo pace. I tangentially know of one local family who was not so lucky and returned home one member short. I’ve also seen liveleaks of the literal traffic meatgrinder in SEA.

    To a pair who’ve been put back together humpty-dumpty fashion on more than one such occasion, sir and madame, I salute you. Or finger wag. One or the other. And you beat the Coronavirus rush home. Bonus!

    And another thumbs up on the artwork.

  11. AvatarMark D. Stroyer

    I accidentally unsubscribed when cards had to be replaced for some data breach reasons and forgot about it to the point it took me six months to realize they had stopped showing up. And to think that at one point one of those coming in the mail was the highlight of my month.


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