There’s a special joy that comes from driving a vintage car, but the right road can take the experience to a whole new level. Whether you are into the lifestyle for the sake of driving, wrenching, or restoration, this week we highlight the ribbons of pavement we daydream of experiencing in the cars we love.
Mulholland Drive in California, Tail of the Dragon through North Carolina and Tennessee, and the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Pisgah National Forest are just a few havens for those who seek out a road for spirited wheel time through the curves. Nevertheless, the popularity of these destinations can sometimes mean unwanted traffic, law enforcement, and reckless driving.
For a more laid-back experience, destinations like Route 66—stretching from California to Illinois—or the Sea-to-Sky highway in British Columbia fit the bill. A slower pace and time to see the sights might be just the relaxing road trip you have been waiting for.
A uniquely American drive is a cruise with a group of fellow drivers around town. Cruising Main Street to show off a bit and grab some ice cream or a soda can be a fun bonding experience with friends and family. On Woodward Avenue in metro Detroit, people still participate in this pastime on a regular basis.
Of course, some pursue truly thrilling experiences at places that aren’t always open to the public. For instance, our own Larry Webster had the opportunity to push the limits of his Formula Ford at the temple of speed that is Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Locations such as Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California, Circuit of the Americas in Texas, or the Nurburgring in Germany offer a chance to live out racing fantasies and see the tracks that have played host to monumental moments of racing history.
We want to hear from you in the comments section below. When you start the engine on your vintage ride, where are you headed?