Because You Can't Take a Rembrandt for a Ride in the Desert

Counterbalancing the Effects of Automotive Atrophy 
Through Judicious Use and Road Trips

Excluding only the most fragile examples and non-powered purpose-built display vehicles, every Classic needs some kind of "exercise" to prevent mechanical decay. Over the years we've seen a variety of examples of how owners achieve these activities and they are as varied as the owners themselves. Organizations and museums, such as the Simeone Foundation, combine museum visits and days where the priceless collection is "taken out back" and gently "flogged" to the delight of onlookers.
The most common "exercise" is driving a Classic to and from Cruise-In's or Car Shows, but there are varying degrees of what "driving" means. At one end of the spectrum are owners who treat even the most common of Classics with the same care and attention to those in museums, while at the other end are owners who put museum-grade Classics through their paces in competitive racing events. 

Regardless of the numerous permutations of what "judicious use" means, the two main focal points are firmly embedded in the fact cars were built to be driven and that driving them is a part of the reason to own them.
Shows are great ways to show off your car and re-connect with pals, but they also have a downside. You need to park your car and wait...and wait...and wait...as hundreds of people squeeze past each other and your Classic. Most people are very respectful and conscious of the effort it takes to restore these old cars, but one ill-placed object or an overzealous kid can destroy your $30,000 paint job. If that's why you bought or restored it, a show is a terrible place to visit. Conversely, if you understand it's going to get a few scratches, do you want them to come from a pocketbook or from the miles with you behind the wheel?
Bumps and Grinds...Having Your Cake and Eating it Too
A driving activity far more common in Europe than in the US are organized rallies. Some like the  Arosa Rally (3rd from top) and  those hosted by the Endurance Rally Association (another example here) are far more rigorous and similar to racing events where almost any kind of damage could occur. Others like the Mille Miglia and the Copperstate 1000 (April 17-22 in Scottsdale, AZ) are far less demanding other than the 1,000 mile drive. 

Even more numerous are timed rallies, where a driver and navigator traverse a fixed route. These rallies depend on the combined skills of both driver and navigator, adhering to the posted speed limits and overall distance. Arriving too early or too late deducts points, but the overall event combines the enjoyment of driving a Classic with the necessary "exercise". 
The ones we would like to see more of in the US are of these shorter, kinder and gentler types. It's not about speed or the value of the car. It's about having the chance to drive and the temporary celebrity status of being there. Unfortunately, arranging these types of rally's are far more demanding, so most local US clubs and organizations avoid them like the plague.
We came across another style event, called Slow Drag Racing, where a fixed course is set up and the objective is to cross the finish line of a very short course while coasting. Go too slow, you can't make the finish. Go too fast and you exceed the "finish line". Arguably the most fun one can have accelerating to almost 8, maybe 10 MPH, then hoping you can roll to a victorious finish...or is that Finnish?

What Can We Do?

We'd like to hear from you and Car Clubs throughout the US. Would you like to set up a Rally? What difficulties are you facing? We can't guarantee any level of success to launch your Rally, but whatever we can do, we'll give it the best shot we can. To get started contact us here

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