Joy Rainer stands as an automotive adventurer. She's competed in grueling events such as the London-to-Brighton Veteran Car run aboard a 1901 Clément Voiturette, as well as piloting a Jaguar E-type in various high-speed hill climbs. Her next next mission, however, may produce her toughest challenge yet, as she attempts to cross America in a 110 year old Oldsmobile, raising money for cancer research.
In years past, Joy competed with her partner Trevor Hulks. In 2010, Hulks sadly passed away, losing his hard-fought battle with cancer, leaving Joy heartbroken. A short while later, Gary Hoonsbeen of the Curved Dash Oldsmobile Club approached Joy to participate in the journey across the states as a tribute to Trevor. The decision, at first, proved difficult.
"My reply was 'I never say never,'" explained Joy on her website. "But in my heart, I did not think I could take on such a challenging trip without my soul-mate."
After "considerable soul searching," as well as encouragement from her family, Joy accepted the offer and began planning the coast to coast trip from Oceanside, Calif. to Dayton Beach, Fla. beginning April 13 with an intended arrival date of May 15. The aim for this monumental challenge is to raise around $30,000 for Cancer Research UK.
The route consists of 2,826 punishing miles; a tough feat for many vehicles, let alone one aged 110. The word "epic" remains grossly overused, but epic is what this journey stands to be. Joy and her hearty Oldsmobile will traverse 6,500 ft. peaks and encounter steaming hot, lifeless deserts in her attempt to coax the elderly machine across the finish line.
Joy will be documenting her voyage via twitter (@JoyAcrossAmeric) as well as via Facebook (Joy Across America). Below you can watch a beautiful short video of Joy and her stunning machine as she prepares for what promises to be the journey of a lifetime.