Over 3,000 miles separate Detroit from Tacoma, Washington. This year a few guy and their old cars took the trek across the country. The results were surprising as these vintage cars made it back to their original home in the Motor City.
The three cars that were taken across country was the 1957 Chevy Nomad, 1966 Ford Mustang, and 1961 Chrysler 300G. The route back home was to jumpstart the North American International Auto show a week out.
These classic cars pulled in after 11 days of driving through the various environments that the continental United States had to offer with a couple stops along the way. These cars fared pretty well on the trip as well. Bill Hall who was driving the 1957 Chevy Nomad said that the ride was incredible and the car was a smooth handler.
Originally stationed at the America’s Car Museum the cars made their way down towards Woodward and ended up in Cadillac Square right in Detroit’s downtown. When they reached their destination they were ecstatic at the warm welcome they received.
The director of the whole event Rod Alberts said that these cars are symbolic of the great history of cars. He claimed that this history is oft forgotten and these are the times that mean the most to you.
The 1961 Chrysler 300G, the 55 year old car had not been driven in some time, but led the rally back home and drove like a champion down from Woodward to Detroit. There was supposed to be rain and icy weather but luckily it had held off for the event and there were many spectators watching the beautiful and prolific cars drive through from ancient eras. It was a great winter procession.
Alberts, the director and David Madeira, CEO of LeMay Car Museum based in Tacoma had formulated this idea a few months past as they were talking in a bar in Birmingham. The two of them have known each other for a long time and are good friends. There friendship has been the backdrop of loving cars.
All three of these cars were originally housed in the museum. One of the riders remarked that during the whole trip along with the 1966 Ford Mustang and 1957 Chevy Nomad there were no flat tires or any short of problems along the way for the cars.
One of the drivers remarked that these cars are meant to be driven by people, as that is the main focus of automobiles and driving. This was a very cool event that inspired a lot of people along the way. The cars weren’t in the best of shape aesthetically as they drove across the entirety of the country waging against the harsh weather in certain areas, but the ride proved to be a testament to the success of these classic vehicles and what they are still capable of doing on the road for what they were meant to do when they were built.