Deciding that an extended road trip was the best way to unwind after sixteen years of business stress, Scott briefly considered a modern ride but opted instead to entrust his travels to a 46 year-old Datsun that he would come to call "The Optimist."
"What you’re driving on your road trip will be a huge part of the experience," noted Scott in a January 2014 interview with Petrolicious, "so I decided that a less all-around and less capable vehicle that had considerably more character and exuberance would be a much better choice."
Aside from a few mechanical hiccups, the Roadster gobbled up the miles like a champ, carrying Scott along rough logging roads, over mountain passes, and through Times Square – all with the top down, of course.
The car, says Scott, "feels more like a faithful dog that may raise an eyebrow to some of your more harebrained plans, but will totally give 100% to make it happen. I try not to anthropomorphize too much, but the car is an optimist, and it’s the perfect companion for a trip like this."
Even a run-in with a deer in Utah – from which, Scott points out, the Datsun emerged bruised but victorious – couldn't slow the Roadster as it barreled through the final miles of Scott's adventure. Now at home in Scott's garage, the little Optimist has certainly earned its upcoming restoration.