I’ve been driving sports cars and going on road trips since 1966.

I sometimes forget what it’s like for someone to go on a road trip in an old car. It’s sensory overload in so many ways.

In an old car, you are not passing through the landscape, you’re part of it. You smell the change as you move from forest to fields of wheat.

You feel the undulations of the road, shifting down for more power as you reach a hill, then upshifting to coast down the other side.

Paul O’Brien, of Collier AutoMedia, has captured the essence of what it’s like to be a stranger in a strange land on the SCM 1000. He rode with Miles Collier in the 1965 Porsche 356 that Miles bought new when he was in high school.

For those of who are experienced road trippers, we marvel at the roads and people that are new to us.

For first-timers, their 50-year-old sports cars are time travel machines that take them back to an era before the Interstate Highway system, when 60 mph was fast enough.

Here’s Paul’s story about this year’s event.