• Apr 17, 2011
Road trips are fun. We recently spent a weekend with the 2011 Airstream Avenue and had a great time running up the California coast. That was three days of adventure. The Zapp family of Argentina also enjoys a good road trip, and they've been on their current journey for the last 11 years.

Herman and Candelaria Zapp set off on a trip back in 2000. The couple left Argentina in their 1928 Graham-Paige Model 610 and headed north towards Alaska. Eleven years and 145,000 miles later, the Zapp family has grown by four. Pampa was born in the United States, Tehue in Argentina, Paloma in Canada and Wallaby in Australia. The children are "home-schooled" out on the road, and that allows the Zapps to keep on exploring.

Though the Model 610 can't go over 40 miles per hour, the Zapps have taken it throughout North America, to parts of Asia and down to Australia. It's a truly amazing journey and you can read more about it at MSNBC.com.

[Source: MSNBC]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      fact: past the 10 year mark, you are no longer on a road trip, you're a gypsy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very cool story!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why the stupid picture of Chevy Chase from a movie, and not the Zapp family? Come on autoblog your better than that. I follow your blog daily, and learn a lot about motor vehicle's, as with Top Gear, and Jay Leno's Garage, and the history of the world of the auto industry. It was misleading, and only because I followed through to Google did I find out about the Zapp family. Don't worry I'll still follow autoblog, just keep out the garbage, you guys usually have a great sense of humor, in your article's, I never caught it this time... at all. What a great family by the way, the Zapp's, this is an example of real motor vehicle / family / live your dream, ambassadors to all of us.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Uh ... maybe they don't want to be identified would be my guess. Fame and popularity from a story and pictures isn't all that good. Just a guess though.
          dmay
          • 3 Years Ago
          Then they should have thought of that before posing for the MSNBC photo that this Autoblog links to.
        ChaoZ
        • 3 Years Ago
        Because they don't have the rights to use that photo.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i just got back form a 2,700 mile roadtrip... i was proud of that until now...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Holiday rooooooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaad
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm kind of surprised they only covered that many miles over that period of time. In any event, that is pretty darn close to my dream. A road trip to experience everywhere. One question though, how do they fund this non-stop trip?
        • 3 Years Ago
        "The couple spent their first few years of married life putting down roots in Argentina, where Herman had his own computer and telephone IT company"
        • 3 Years Ago
        stop, work, then restart
        • 3 Years Ago
        Their initial trip started in Jan 2000 in Argentina and ended in Sep 2003 in Alaska.

        They then returned home, launched a book, and have gone on several other trips since.

        Ref: http://www.argentinaalaska.com/

      • 3 Years Ago
      Four years ago we did a cross US and Canada Summer road trip pulling a 27-foot travel trailer. 15000 miles in 2 months. Extraordinary experince, with lots of anecdotes, but we were pretty tired by the time we finished, especially after a tranny rebuild and and replacing the trailer's bearings after they burned out (! XD). I suppose the Zapps have take it easier, given the mileage covered over 11 years and their ride's top speed...kinda dangerous when you think of it, though. I hope they didn't use interstates.

      Anyway, what a trip it must have been!
      SpeedDemon93
      • 3 Years Ago
      kudos to them for keeping their determination 11 years is a long time.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They named their kid Wallaby?

      I'm not going to Argentina and naming my kid Capybara
      • 3 Years Ago
      The family has anchor babies in US and Canada. Not sure how the laws apply in Australia.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would've been cooler if they did it in a Truckster. ;)
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