FROM: Albany, NY 



ALBANY, NY, July 28 - Joining 10,000 car enthusiasts and 1000 cars from around the
USA and the world, Ned Foss and Jan Galligan made a 60 hour odyssey in Foss’s 1951 Nash
Rambler Custom Country Club to attend the 100th Anniversary Rambler celebration in Kenosha, WI. The event was so popular that all 1000 hotel rooms in Kenosha were booked
for the event. “We had to send people to Milwaukee and Gurnee, Ill.” said Mary Galligan,
president of the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Foss, an international businessman and real estate developer is based in Delmar, NY.
Galligan, of Albany, is an artist and documentarian with world-travel experience.
The Nash centennial was marked by the introduction of the first mass produced
automobile, the Rambler, built in 1902 by Jeffery Motors, which later became Nash Motors,
then Nash-Kelvinator, then American Motors, which merged with Chrysler in 1987. One year
later Chrysler closed the Kenosha plant. Ironically, Charles Nash’s first partner in Nash Motors
was Walter Chrysler. Fortunately Kenosha bounced back, replacing the razed lakefront
factories with a new marina, condominiums and an automobile history museum as they
evolved from a factory-town to a center for high technology.

Foss’s Nash was described in a 1951 Nash Motors press-release as a trim and luxurious
sedan, styled like a convertible and “offering distinguished modern styling, outstanding performance, economy, comfort and ease of handling,” according to H.C. Doss, vice president in charge of sales.

Taking no chances on this cross-country marathon, Foss had his Nash Rambler
mechanically overhauled and tested and then outfitted with the latest in roadway technology.
The primary mechanical-electrical systems of the car were equipped with electronic sensors
and connected to a central harness for continuous real-time monitoring while driving. The
harness panel enables a laptop computer to be connected and systems data to be fed into
“flight command” software for instant analysis. Completing the loop, output from the analysis software is displayed in one corner of the laptop’s screen and simultaneously fed into an audio headset worn by the driver. The sounds of the engine, running gear, milage and gas gauges are heard by the driver as audible signals complete with warning reminders if the software senses mechanical problems.

The system allowed Foss to operate his business while Galligan was driving. Using his
laptop and a cell phone running DSL emulation, Foss was able to write memos, send and
receive email, upload reports, monitor the car’s location “to the foot, if necessary,” and handle a continuous stream of international and conference telephone calls, all while monitoring the car’s performance.

“With this system in place, developed for me by a young hotshot in my office, I felt
fairly certain that we could make the trip without serious incident,” said Foss. “And I can
proudly say, we did,” he added. Along with the instant analysis the software also provided
continuous statistics on their progress: MPG, MPH, RPM, GPS, ETA, and cost per mile.
Galligan said the trip was named ‘The 20/20/20 Trip’, “...because it was planned for 20
hours to get there, 20 hours to stay there and 20 hours to return.” “We were only off by 10
minutes on the final tally,” said Foss, “and that’s because Galligan lost something at our
Cleveland reststop and took the time to look for it.”

Galligan generated comprehensive documentation of this ‘Nashional Ramble’ including
digital color photographs, MPEG video, sound-clips and an hour-by-hour diary/log which will
soon be available on his website:

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