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About

The Intro:

Driving across the backroads of the United States is an American dream, to see the untouched wonders of our great nation avoiding the interstate as much as possible. But few people take advantage of the beautiful scenery around them because they just don't have the time. But as a college student I have all the time in the world between school semesters, but as a college student I don't have the funds to afford such an adventure.

I would like to bring back my dream of a Cross Country Road trip to the Kickstarter community in a film format for your enjoyment!

The Info:

So hey Kickstarters, I'm John and I'm currently a freshman at the University of South Carolina, I'm originally from North Carolina, and for years I've had the dream to do a cross-country road trip in my dream car, a vintage Porsche 911. Attending USC has been my lifelong goal and I'm having the time of my life having joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity all while keeping my grades at a stellar level. Traditional college students go to Cancun or Panama City for their summers, but next summer I want to do something entirely different. 

That something is to drive across the United States in a Porsche 911, with my girlfriend, and hit all of the major sights as well as many others. Drive the Appalachian Mountains, cruise through the Midwest, climb the Rockies, hike through Yellowstone, and drive along the cliffs in California, and back again. Along the way I plan to document the whole trip via journal, camera, and film and eventually share the end results with all of you.

The documentary short film will detail my journey from the East Coast to the West Coast and back to the East Coast with a focus on the beauty of the United States and the touring and enthusiast nature of the Porsche 911. The film will not only focus on the outdoors and might include city nightlife, concerts, food, and the overall drastically differing cultures in the United States.

When all is said and done, I will have produced a beautiful short documentary with an accompanying photo booklet and travel journals based on the passion of exploring the backroads of America and the passion of Porsche vehicles.

Where will I travel?

My journey will begin here in North Carolina:

  • From NC I will travel to Washington D.C.
  • Up the East Coast hitting Boston and New York City
  • Head west towards Chicago
  • Over the Rocky Mountains (hopefully a journey up Pike's Peak)
  • Head towards Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Hit Seattle and travel south through California
  • Travel back east through the desert towards the Grand Canyon
  • Travel into Utah and go to the Salt Flats
  • Go through Kansas and Colorado and visit family
  • Head south to the Gulf of Mexico then back home


Where Will Your Donations Go?

You may be wondering where your donations will end up so I have broken it down roughly to where the money will go:

$15,000 - will go towards the purchase and maintenance of a 911

$2,000 - will go towards gasoline and insurance

$3,000 - will go towards living expenses (lodging, food, etc.) and other fees

$2,250 - will go towards the production of the documentary and Kickstarter fees

And the Finale:

But driving for weeks at a time, will be expensive, so that's why I need your help to purchase a relatively cheap 911 in good condition (nothing nowhere as nice as the one in the photo above of course), pay for gasoline and maintenance and more gasoline, as well as help out with food and shelter as well as other associated living costs. 

Opportunities to take months off from your life and just explore are few and far between. This "once in a lifetime" opportunity really will be one of the most exhilarating periods of my life and hope that you, the Kickstarter Community, will fully support me to document my journey for you and everyone else.

So many thanks in advance if you do donate or if you're just supporting me in mind, I sincerely do appreciate it,

John Kirby

Risks and challenges

The trip will begin in May of 2014, allowing for enough time to acquire everything needed for the trip as well as planning, and will take roughly 1.5 - 2 months to start from North Carolina travel to the West Coast and back again.

But long car journeys can result in maintenance problems with cars and a portion of the donated funds will be set aside for repair costs, if any, as well as fuel costs. Over the course of the trip, I will film, photograph, and document the trip as well as storyboard the documentary.

When the trip is over I will spend the rest of my summer editing the film, as well as preparing all of the rewards, at home and hopefully if all goes to plan it will be done before school starts back for the fall semester!

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