Daulton Motors

Ames Daily Tribune,  May, 19, 1949

Don R. Haynes of Ashland, Ore., who is seeking to establish an endurance record of living for 14 months in a sealed automobile, will be a guest of Ames, at the Daulton Motors, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.  Haynes, a former Merchant Marine and truck driver, is taking all bets that he can execute this daring venture.  An Oregon rancher, E.B. Maulden, 79, and former world's champion rodeo rider, when he heard of Haynes plan, decided to place a wager at 25 to 1 grand.  Haynes promptly accepted, and the money is now on deposit in a local bank.

Haynes car, which is barred on all sides so that he cannot escape, is equipped so that he can enjoy some of the comforts of life while he is experiencing this strange and record-breaking venture.  They include: hot and cold running water, chemical lavatory, collapsing bed and mattress, radio, record player, public address system, cooking facilities, folding bath tub, electric shaver and blanket, exercise equipment, bureau, and many other conveniences.

AP News, Los Angeles, California,  November, 11, 1949

A 40-year-old engineer, who took a 25 to 1 bet that he can live for a year in an automobile, is on his way to Miami, Fla., today just 3½ months short of collecting $25,000.  Don Haynes of Ashland, Ore., has already logged 73,000 miles of driving in his sealed and barred sedan.  While in Los Angeles he tried to purchase a monkey for a companion.

Haynes began the venture last March after a friendly argument with E.B. Malden, wealthy Talent, Ore., cattleman.  Malden bet $25,000 to $1,000 that Haynes couldn't live for a year in his auto without squawking.  So fir, Haynes has covered 24 states.  He expected to visit them all before his year ends.  Robert Harms, also of Ashland, follows Haynes in another car and sees to it that Haynes gets proper food through the welded chrome bars on the car's windows.

The interior of the auto has hot and cold running water, a full length bed, chemical lavatory, collapsible bath, exercise equipment and even television.  Haynes said that since he started his trip his wife has given birth to their second child.

"But when I get out of this thing next year," he added, "we'll have $25,000 for the effort."

He said the money is on deposit in an Ashland bank.


Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Walla Walla, Washington,  May, 24, 1950

Unusual missions have brought Don Haynes to Walla Walla twice and he'll be back Friday May 26, on still another unique assignment.  Haynes is the ex-merchant marine who rode around the country 13 months in a sealed car on a $25,000 wager which he gave up 12 days ahead of the stipulated 14 months when he realized he could not fulfill its terms.

Haynes now is collecting - of all things - the seats of pajamas belonging to governors of the 48 states for a patchwork quilt which will be auctioned off for the American Cancer society's cancer fund....