There's no mistaking a ’50 Studebaker… except if it's a ’51.

California might be the best place in the world to drive, but the Midwest is nirvana when it comes to historic car sites and museums.

As a California kid, the big-time car building business has always been a bit of a mystery. We never made it up to the plants in Los Angeles when they were in operation (the last, a GM factory, closed in the early 1990s). And I haven’t been able to take the tour at the NUMMI assembly facility (since closed) in Fremont, about 500 miles from home.

So, I headed to Indiana, Ohio and Michigan to visit cars new and old. What a fun trip. Hope you can take it some day. End