A quiet drive in the country can be the most relaxing thing in the world. What if it didn't have to end, and you could keep driving for a week, a month or even a whole year? That's what Scott Fisher is doing by taking a one-year sabbatical from work and driving his 1967 Datsun Fairlady Roadster around North America.

"I had owned a manufacturing business in Las Vegas for 16 years. I knew I needed to kinda' get out, and unwind, and get my mojo back," said Fisher.

Fisher's trip has covered over 30,000 miles through 44 states and 7 Canadian Provinces, and it is not over yet. He left from his home in Las Vegas, NV, last spring and drove to the Pacific. From there, he drove up the coast to the Canadian border and aimed the car for the Atlantic. He just posted on his blog about visiting the Nissan headquarters and museum in Franklin, TN, and his next stops are Mississippi and New Orleans, LA.

Fisher owned the Datsun Roadster prior to the trip, but the car received a thorough refresh to make sure it was ready. Fisher added a five-speed transmission for easier cruising, rebuilt the rear end and did maintenance on the engine while it was out of the car.

"Pretty much anywhere I stop people will come up and talk to me. The car is like a little ambassador. Like traveling with a puppy, people want to come up and look at it, pet it," said Fisher.

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VIDEO REPORT: Vintage Datsun Fairlady Roadster Travels More Than 30,000 Miles, Helps Owner Recharge His Life

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Scott Fisher is a man on a mission. Not the kind of mission with deadlines and meetings – a mission to reconnect with his 1967 Datsun Fairlady Roadster and discover the wide-open spaces of North America. Fisher has blogged the entire trip in detail at RoadsterRoadTrip.com, sharing an impressive array of his photographs from the road.

"I had owned a manufacturing business in Las Vegas for 16 years. I knew I needed to kinda' get out, and unwind, and get my mojo back," said Fisher.

In his travels, Fisher has covered more than 30,000 miles to date, starting from his Las Vegas home last spring and heading up the West Coast.

"I got up into the Northwest when it was hot in the South, and I got over into the Northeast for fall, which has allowed me to keep the top down, maybe 80 percent of the time. I drove through the polar vortex cold snap. Car even ran well through that. Started right up, idled, didn't seemed phased by it at all," said Fisher.

Now, with 44 states and seven Canadian Provinces behind him, Fisher has stopped in Tennessee at Nissan's invitation to show off his red Datsun and share some tales from the road. The day started with a visit to Nashville's Lane Motor Museum, a place where a car guy like Scott Fisher can check out vintage automobiles and relive a childhood memory.

"This exact car would have been one of the cars I watched racing when I was growing up. Nissan brought these in and started cleaning up. I definitely didn't think I'd be sitting here when I woke up, let alone back then," said Fisher.

Then Fisher headed down the highway to Smyrna to tour Nissan's Assembly plant.

The extensive road trip has become more than just a chance to decompress and enjoy driving a machine from a simpler time. It is a connection with the natural beauty of a continent and the hospitality of its people that has given Fisher a renewed optimism for life.

"Pretty much anywhere I stop people will come up and talk to me. The car is like a little ambassador. Like traveling with a puppy, people want to come up and look at it, pet it," said Fisher.

Part of Scott's Middle Tennessee visit was a tour of Nissan's Smyrna Assembly plant, where he witnessed a level of modern automobile manufacturing automation that was not around when his Fairlady rolled off the line at the Shatai plant in Japan in the mid-1960s.

It was a day of unusual hustle and bustle for a man on a year long journey travelled at his own pace, stopping and taking in landmarks and natural beauty whenever the opportunity presents itself.

"I feel like I've got a better sense of the country than before I started, for sure," said Fisher.

Then it was off again, down the Natchez Trace Scenic Highway toward more undiscovered states and beautiful scenery passing by as the soothing sounds of a 45-year-old carbureted Datsun purr under the hood.

"I'm planning on taking my time down through Mississippi, and then getting over into New Orleans. And I am really grateful to Nissan for inviting me to come by. The hospitality and the generosity has been fantastic," said Fisher.

The trek that began as stress relief has become something much bigger; a blog started for close friends and family now has legions of followers. And for Scott Fisher, a man of many talents, the next curve brings a window of discovery to be shared with an old friend.


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      powertour
      • 10 Months Ago
      The world needs more people like Scott Fischer. Carry on.
      Autoholics Anonymous
      • 10 Months Ago
      Great story and a good looking car. The great American road trip is still a awesome experience to have.
      thedriveatfive
      • 10 Months Ago
      I would love to do the same thing in the new C7 Z06
      stevenh
      • 10 Months Ago
      Looks like a blatant copy of the MGB
        Shiftright
        • 10 Months Ago
        @stevenh
        Except he has a good chance of making it back home in this car.
      bK
      • 10 Months Ago
      Great story, great car.
      Robert Fahey
      • 10 Months Ago
      How is his back?
      Justin
      • 10 Months Ago
      Wonder how many of his employees could afford to take a year's sabbatical.
        Shiftright
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Justin
        It's his company, he can do what he wants. When they own a company they can do the same. Don't hate him for being successful enough and financially secure enough to do something he loves.
        ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Justin
        Well it's a good thing the man put himself in the position where he could afford to do something like this then, isn't it? While I understand that many people are stuck in their jobs, many more can still advance and do things like this if they plan right (especially if they are middle class). If you save on certain expenses you can save up and after 16 years of working, sure, you should be able to take a year off! Don't be so bitter. He might have things handed to him, most likely he did not. He has a business, he probably built up that business, he had vision and now is living his dream.
          DK
          • 10 Months Ago
          @ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
          There aren't a lot of jobs even if you have been working 16 years, that would give you an entire year off.
        dohc73
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Justin
        Some people are just lucky enough to lead a charmed life and not really even know it.
      Basil Exposition
      • 10 Months Ago
      The car's not really my thing but the trip sounds awesome! I hope I can do something similar when I get to be his age!
      jasperpulgo@yahoo.com
      • 10 Months Ago
      http://mgjmp.com/inv/fl237ip9rctbcjia
      Fazzster
      • 10 Months Ago
      "Polar vortex cold snap".....oh please...
      greenz1977
      • 10 Months Ago
      I was hoping to see more pictures and info about this Datsun roadster. The reason being I owned a 1967 Datsun Roadster identical to this one and sold it to a guy in Las Vegas. I had taken the car on a couple trips to the California coast and had a blast with it as well. The ride was harsh and tiring but I only have fond memories of my trip with the car. Kudos to the owner of this car for having the back to withstand all those miles. Its my dream to travel the country but it will be in something a little more comfortable.
      Bryan Lund
      • 10 Months Ago
      Sounds like he's having a ball!
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