Classic car fanatics thaw out for spring adventure

How typically does a historic automobile occasion come along that is not only incredible exciting for the participants but also great PR for the hobby? An occasion that promotes and celebrates the joy of owning historic autos while attracting other people to the historic vehicle neighborhood by demonstrating precisely what these vehicles can do?

And to leading it off, an occasion that is correct right here in British Columbia?

The yearly Hagerty Spring Thaw Adventure is just such an event.

Billed as a budget-minded driving adventure by way of British Columbia for pre-1979 touring and sports activities cars (no trucks or motorcycles), the “Hagerty Spring Thaw Classic Vehicle Adventure” kick-starts the B.C. traditional automobile season April 25-27.

Organized by Squamish Classic Vehicle Adventures, this 3-day, one,200-kilometre (750-mile) street journey has grown in reputation so quickly that there is a waiting record to join the area of 60 participants.

In past years, most drivers have come from Alberta, British Columbia, Oregon and Washington, but some have travelled much farther.

John Calvin and his daughter Megan manufactured the 2,000-mile roundtrip from Salt Lake City in a 1978 BMW 635 CSI Alpina. Yet another participant flew in from Florida, having had his car shipped to Seattle, and then drove to B.C. to participate in the occasion.

The Spring Thaw is not a race, but it is nonetheless an adventure. For starters, the only details offered prior to the event is the time and place of the starting up stage, and a comprehensive route book is distributed to drivers 15 minutes ahead of the field departs on Day 1. This yr, the occasion starts in Squamish and concludes in Hope.

Spring Thaw drivers come from all walks of daily life, but they share a passion for driving historic automobiles.

This was clearly evident final yr amongst the wonderful assortment of automobiles that participated were a 1953 Aston Martin DB2, 1956 Porsche 356, 2 1959 Alfa Romeos, a 1964 Porsche 356 Carrera 4-Cam and an array of “practical classic” marques this kind of as BMW, Fiat, Lancia, Lotus, MG, Opel, Porsche, Saab, VW and Volvo, as well as at least 5 North American autos and a $ 1-million Bentley Continental Coupe.

How to best describe the power and exciting of the Hagerty Spring Thaw Traditional Car Adventure?

First, try out to picture an yearly reunion of some of your biggest auto-nut close friends. The vibe is welcoming and the journey is thrilling from the word go. Just pick a point on the map and drive.

Are you beginning to get the image?

Nigel Matthews is the director of revenue and marketing for Hagerty Canada, LLC — Hagerty is the world’s largest professional provider of collector car insurance and provides numerous sources that support the traditional auto life style. Contact him at nmatthews@hagerty.com or pay a visit to hagerty.ca.

WIN A SPRING THAW SPOT

As the presenting sponsor, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance has secured the No. 2 door decal and is providing an opportunity to win a spot in the event.
To enter in the cost-free contest

1. Pay a visit to this webpage or hagerty.ca and search for Win a Spot in the Hagerty Spring Thaw Traditional

2. Submit a quick story (in between 300-500 phrases) telling us about your auto and why you would like to participate in a classic car rally – this a single in specific.

Entries must be emailed to springthaw@hagerty.com no later than midnight PST April 5, 2014.

For complete particulars of the event visit www.classiccaradventures.com and decide on Spring Thaw Classic

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