June 2012 | Issue #6
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Cars are made to be driven. And if you are lucky enough to be the proud owner of a classic car, there is no better time than now to share its beauty with fellow enthusiasts and the next generation of car lovers. Each and every time you take your car out, whether it is to a show, on a road trip, or even around the block, you are spreading the joy of your hobby with the world.
There are many events large and small coming up this summer and you don’t have to be part of a car club to have fun at club events. They are a great chance to take your car out of the garage and onto the open road.
If you only take your car out one time in 2012, make it July 13. That’s National Collector Car Appreciation Day (NCCAD). There are already nearly 100 local events in 35 states listed on SEMA’s official NCCAD page, but the most fun will of course be found at American Collectors’ Cherry Hill, New Jersey headquarters. We’re once again joining Hemmings Motor News for an evening of fun by celebrating collector cars and supporting several worthy causes such as Carz 'N Toyz and our sponsored program, The Road Home.
If by some unfortunate chance you can’t make it out for NCCAD, there is surely a meet or show going on this summer that caters to your interests, many of them free to the public. Some events, such as the Professional Car Society (June 18-22, Daytona Beach) or American Station Wagon Owners Association (July 28, Dearborn), promise to have highly-restored vehicles and a discerning crowd that knows just about everything when it comes to their favorite cars.
Of course, there are more than just shows going on. Many clubs, especially those concerned with earlier cars, hold sometimes-extensive tours, such as the famous Glidden Tour (October 21-26, Brenham, Texas). Even if you’re not a participant, you are in for a treat when the tour pulls into its stop for the night and the wrenches come out. If you really want to see something amazing, find the nearest stop for a Horseless Carriage Club of America (or other early car association) tour (HCCA National Tour July 1-6, Colorado Springs), and watch as hundreds of Brass Era vehicles power their way home. You don’t need to own one of these beauties to partake; just show up in the hotel parking lot and you’ll be one of the family in no time—especially if you bring your tools and a willing attitude. So whether it’s Ferraris (October 10-14, Palm Springs) or Ford Falcons (July 12-14, Louisville), check the American Collectors Club Locator, the Hemmings Event Calendar or the AACA calendar, and you may be surprised what’s going on in the next town over.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, think about hitting the highway for a summer road trip. There’s even a free government road trip planning guide at America’s Byways where you can access an interactive map of great roads to explore across the U.S. and day-by-day itineraries, or order a free paper map of America’s 150 Scenic Byways. You’ll be surprised by how many historic roads, trails, and sights are close to home.
Is there another classic car event people should know about? Add your event to the American Collectors Event Locator, send us an email, or post your story on our Facebook page.
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