CCCA 2013 Re-Discover America CARavan–May 4-26, 2013
Starting in New York and ending in San Francisco, the 2013 Re-Discover America CARavan was a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to see great Classic Era Cars as they drove across the nation May 4-26. The CARavan travelled through thirteen states, nine cities and many small towns and villages along the way. This event commemorated the 60th Anniversary of the first CCCA CARavan and followed many parts of the Lincoln Highway, which is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year.
Updates were posted throughout the journey as they came in.
Sunday, May 26, 2013 –San Francisco, California
Today was another beautiful sunny California experience. Our earliest planned activity for the day was the closing banquet, so CARavaners moved in a variety of directions to enjoy their last full day. There are many exquisite shoreline towns with interesting shops, restaurants, and enjoyable activities that attracted several of our participants. Others went into Sonoma or Napa to savor the wine country.
At 6:00 pm the busses took us to The Academy of Art University Automobile Museum in San Francisco for the final banquet. This is a real Academy of Art University, and it is also an automobile museum that owns over 100 of the world’s most valuable and beautiful automobiles. Many of the finest were on display today. Duesenberg, Packard, Rolls-Royce, Minerva, Cadillac, Daimler and Marmon are among this enviable inventory.After cocktails, a delicious dinner, and the presentation of awards to CARavaners, we began to say our goodbyes, and look forward to our return home with grateful and warm thoughts of our past three weeks re-discovering America.
Saturday, May 25, 2013 – San Francisco, California
What a day! Perfect weather with temperatures in the mid-seventies and not a cloud in the sky. Began the day photographing the cars on top of the mountain with the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco in the background. Then took the ferry to San Francisco. Lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf, and then took the 3 hour tour of SF on the hop-on and hop-off bus. Great way to see all that SF has to offer. Later, got back on the ferry to Tiburon and an easy evening. The Lodge at Tiburon has a fire pit that provides a warm and inviting ambience for gathering with friends. Lots of car stories and good friendship. This CARavan is beginning to wind down, but the enthusiasm for this trip is even more intense than when it began. Heard someone say today, “I would do it all over again without changing one thing.”
Friday, May 24, 2013 – San Ramon, California – Tiburon, California
Hard to believe that this is the 19th day of this 20 day trip in which we have not had rain. Just a perfect day with no clouds, and highs in the mid 70’s. We traveled north today from Danville up through Napa Valley where we enjoyed lunch at Domaine Chandon Winery. Following lunch, we were given a tour of the wine processing and ageing operations. This long time world class vintner produces some of the finest California wines.In the late afternoon we went west, then south around the San Pablo Bay, to the Lodge at Tiburon for a fine dinner, and the night.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 – Yosemite National Park – San Ramon, California
Today was as good as it gets for CARavaners! The morning was spent on a tour of Yosemite in an open touring vehicle. This is a truly awesome place. El Capitan, 3,000 feet from its base to its Pinnacle, is the most impressive rock formation you will ever see. In spite of its rather smooth face and soaring height, seasoned climbers, despite knowing how unforgiving a mistake can be, are always lined up and ready to make their attempts to scale it. Every mile of the tour has something unique and interesting to see. The most well known waterfalls, Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls, were gushing in all their glory. Snow melt and spring rains feed these falls, making this an ideal day to observe them.
Mid-day was spent driving our CLASSICS over California scenic roads from Yosemite to Danville, CA, home of the Blackhawk Museum. What a collection of the finest examples of American and European car makers! Most of the cars exhibited here are one of a kind, with many having special bodies fashioned for Royalty. Photos tell part of the story, but nothing short of a visit to this museum will provide the full story.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 – Reno, Nevada – Yosemite, California
The weather was simply splendid as we left Reno for Yosemite National Park, and it stayed that way all day. Shortly after leaving Reno, we were in the Mountains. How does 9300 feet above sea level sound? That was the level of the road, but other ridges rose much higher, some well above the tree line. Walls of stone are found everywhere. Placid lakes dot the landscape at higher levels.Waterfalls came into view as we drove deeper into the Park. CARavaners were seen coaxing their CLASSICS up the steep inclines and over the passes from Nevada to California. Everyone was successful in making their way in their cars to the three Yosemite lodges where their reservations had been made. This is a vast park offering all of nature’s bounty, including every specimen of wildlife found in North America.
Tonight, we enjoyed a delightful dinner in the elegant dining room of Ahwahnee Lodge. We look forward to further exploring this magnificent place tomorrow.
Monday, May 20, 2013 – Park City, Utah – Ely, Nevada
The 325 mile trip from Park City, UT to Ely, NV is through sparsely populated mountains and valleys. It is not unusual to find distances of 50 miles or more between service stations. Better fill your gas tank before embarking on this trip.
The day started with rain, but just after noon, the sun poked through, and then we drove in sunshine the rest of the way. This is a land of large ranches with miles between them. The canyon walls have unusual stone formations reaching up to their rims.
Tonight, we visited a train museum of the Northern Nevada Railway where we were given a talk on steam trains of the early 1900’s Later we took a train ride up the mountain where we saw copper mining operations. We were served a dinner on the train, and entertained by gunmen who had a shoot-out outside the train.
Sunday, May 19, 2013 – Jackson, Wyoming – Park City, Utah
Today was reminiscent of one of Willie Nelson’s hit tunes: On the Road Again. Overall, it was a good day to drive a CLASSIC. Temperatures were moderate, and there was no more fog, curvy narrow roads or snow. Good to see some deciduous trees after several hundred miles of exclusively evergreens.
Open restaurants were scarce, so it was not unusual to see several CLASSICS parked at those few that were available.
The Park City Peaks Hotel is our comfortable stop for the night, and it was a welcome sight after the all day trip from Jackson.
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – Cody, Wyoming to Yellowstone – Jackson, Wyoming
We were treated to a rainy and mostly low visibility day on the way to Yellowstone. The spectacular views from altitudes of as much as 8900 feet made it all well worth the inconvenience of this misty weather. Yellowstone Grand Canyon at Lookout Point, Grand View, and Inspiration Point with their waterfalls and steep, colored canyon walls is breathtaking. Along the way, we also saw many geysers emitting steam, and lots of wildlife, including Buffaloes, Elk, a mother Brown Bear with her two cubs, and a large Moose. Then we stopped at Old Faithful and watched as it performed its phenomenal show.
Leaving Yellowstone we moved on past the Grand Tetons on our way to Jackson. We finished off the day in Jackson with a visit to the large and interesting National Museum of Wildlife Art where we also enjoyed a fine dinner.
Friday, May 17, 2013 – Sheridan, Wyoming – Cody, Wyoming
Our trip today from Sheridan to Cody was one of the most scenic yet. Steep and winding roads around deep canyons and chasms, with visibility sometimes limited to a few feet as we traveled at elevations (over 8500 feet) within the clouds. Once we broke out of the clouds and descended to lower elevations, we were rewarded with miles and miles of snow capped ridges, and additional canyons with their walls composed of various types of stone that seemingly reached up to the skies.
Soon we reached Cody. This is the town of William F “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Everywhere one turns, there is a rendering of Buffalo Bill, or some structure with that name on it. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is located here. What is clearly evident is that this was a man who lived life to its fullest, giving it every ounce of his enormous talent, and enjoying life as he did it.
Tonight, we dined at the Irma Hotel, originally owned by Buffalo Bill, and named for his daughter, Irma.
Tomorrow, on to Yellowstone National Park and Jackson.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 – Rapid City, South Dakota – Sheridan, Wyoming
A travelling day – we left Rapid City, SD on this cloudy morning for a 300+ mile trip to Sheridan, WY. Soon we were in Spearfish Canyon, with its curvy and looping roads, quite similar to yesterday’s scenery. Once out of the Black Hills, the scenery today was quite different. The mountains are still present, just not as steep. The landscape had gently rolling hills covered with green foliage. Lots of spruce and pine trees, with a few white birch interspersed. We went fairly close to Deadwood where Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok made a name for themselves.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 – Rapid City, South Dakota
We awoke to a bright, sunny day with mild temperatures that rose later in the day into the mid-seventies. We departed for the Black Hills and Mt. Rushmore.
Inside the park, there is a modern well designed and constructed facility that is easy to navigate, and that provides information and services to meet every need. As luck would have it, this was a day on which one of the last surviving members of the team that carved out the figures in the 1940’s was present for a book signing.
After a few hours we moved on to Crazy Horse Park. The awesome sculpture of Chief Crazy Horse, when completed, will be about twice the size of Statue of Liberty and larger than the Washington Monument. The sculpture is being created along with many other features in the Park to honor Chief Crazy Horse and to preserve and honor the culture of the Lakota Indian Nation.
After traveling over 2,000 miles, it was time to change the oil and lubricate the Caddy.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 – Pierre, South Dakota – Rapid City, South Dakota
Up early again for a drive through farmland and the Badlands. Hot, sunny and dry; some areas over 100. Most cars running well, but some had to be flat beaded for repairs. One might have to drop out and be shipped home. Occupants are doubling up with others.
Wall Drug Co. in Wall, SD is an Oasis in this otherwise sparsely populated area. It sells everything!
The Badlands are like no other scenery you have ever observed. There are high mountains and deep chasms of bone dry sand and boulder-like surfaces with no vegetation. Not a place to be without a good supply of water.
A good evening in Rapid City with preparation for a day tomorrow exploring nearby National Parks.
Monday, May 13, 2013 – Sioux City, Iowa – Pierre, South Dakota
The 10th day of our CARavan was our warmest, it hit 90 degrees on our way to Pierre, Capital of SD. Lots more of the same scenery as yesterday.
We had dinner tonight at the South Dakota Rodeo Center where they honor champion rodeo performers.
Tomorrow will be a Bermuda shorts day. Maybe we will have a knobby knees contest.
Sunday, May 12, 2013 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Sioux City, Iowa
Today was a drive across what has been referred to as Fly Over country. Nearly all of the 260+ miles was through farm country with many large granaries, some of metal and some of concrete.
After arriving at the Hilton Garden Inn in Sioux City, we visited the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center that is about 200 yards away.
Excellent buffet dinner tonight at Bev’s on the River in the hotel.
Saturday, May 11, 2013 – St. Charles, Illinois – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Another good day on the Lincoln Highway. Scenery mostly farmland, with small towns and traffic lights here and there along the way. Clouds early in the day, then some sunshine, but no rain. Lots and lots of wind, blowing even this old heavy 47 Cadillac from side to side. Many stopped at the Motorcycle Museum on the way here to Cedar Rapids. Those who visited the museum were impressed.
Tonight, we had dinner at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids.
Lost two today who could only find time to do the first of the three weeks. Picked up two more couples who are signed on for the remaining two thirds of the CARavan
Friday, May 10, 2013 – St. Charles, Illinois – Chicago, Illinois
These wonderful venues continue to be offered to our CARavaners. First stop on this cold and cloudy day was the Shoenthaler collection of fine antique cars and trains. Stop No. 2 was the Driehaus Mansion Museum located in downtown Chicago.
While some chose to shop on the Miracle Mile, others selected a tour of Cooper Technica, a top flight restoration shop for upscale vintage automobiles.
Another special feature of this wonderful day was an architectural tour of Chicago from the Chicago River. CCCA member Bob Joynt provided a professional narration on this 90 minute boat tour.
Thursday, May 9, 2013 – Auburn, Indiana – St. Charles, Illinois
A day of driving on U.S. 30 in the rain to St. Charles, Illinois, just outside Chicago. Lots of rich farm land observed under cultivation on the way and Plainfield St. in Joliet, Illinois was a good lunch stop.
Scenic Geneva, Illinois is the destination tonight for cocktails and dinner at the classic Herrington Inn and Spa owned by the Shodeen family. They live in the penthouse of this fabulous place. A totally delightful and enjoyable evening with gourmet quality food was the best so far on this trip.
Some cars are beginning to have issues; brakes, generators, water pumps, over-heating, etc. Some have spare parts that they willing share. As is the tradition, the trouble truck mechanic and skillful owners make repairs, and then press on.
A busy day tomorrow in Chicago.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – Canton, Ohio – Auburn, Indiana
Today was a long 230+ mile drive from Canton, OH to Auburn, IN. The first stop was at the NFL Football Hall of Fame in Canton.
After our arrival in Auburn, a trip to the ACD Museum, housed in the former headquarters of the Auburn Co. A first class museum that should be on the must list of every old car lover.
The weather has changed from bright sunny days to cloudy misty, sometimes rainy conditions, but it has not dampened the spirits of this hearty group of CARavaners.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Canton, Ohio
First call this morning was at Heinz Memorial Chapel at The University of Pittsburgh, it is a memorial to the mother of Henry John Heinz, founder of H.J. Heinz Co. Nearby, we visited the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Some believe that this museum is the finest of its kind in the world, you will find exhibits of specimens from all over the earth.
We travelled to the Spread Eagle Tavern and Inn in Hanoverton, OH for lunch. This excellent example of upscale Inns from the early 1800’s is owned by the family of David Johnson, CCCA Board member.
Arrived in Canton, OH around 4:00 pm. A visit to the Canton Classic Car Museum in Canton followed by dinner at Benders on Court St.
Monday, May 6, 2013 – Pennsylvania
A great start to the day with a visit to the Cyclorama and the new visitor’s center at Gettysburg. The Cyclorama and the exhibits are so life-like. What a brutal war, with young Americans killing other young Americans by the thousands. After that, a trip of almost 200 miles to Fallingwater, summer home the Kaufmann family, Pittsburgh Department store owners, designed by renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Then on to Pittsburgh for the night, with dinner at well-known Le Mont Restaurant perched on the top of Mt.Washington, and overlooking the confluence of the Ohio, Monongahela, and Alleghany Rivers.
Tomorrow: On to Ohio.
Sunday, May 5, 2013 – New York to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Another outstanding spring day; just what these old CLASSICS need for CARavaning.
After a drive of about 150 miles we arrived at the Dutch Kitchen in Frackville, in the heart of PA Dutch Country. After another good lunch, we travelled 5 miles to the JWR Museum to see the wonderful automobile collection amassed by the late Jack Rich, now managed by his son, John Rich.
After only two days, we have already seen three of the finest private auto collections on the east coast.
After another 100+ mile drive, we arrived at the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg, where tomorrow we will visit sites and memorials of the Battle of Gettysburg that was decisive in the outcome of the Civil War.
Saturday, May 4, 2013 – New York City
A gorgeous day with bright sunny skies and temperatures topping out in the mid-sixties – filled with activities to satisfy even the most demanding CLASSIC car lover.
The first car collection was just a few miles away at the estate of Sam and Emily Mann. Mr. Mann is a well-known collector who regularly shows his cars at all the best of venues. He has multiple best of show trophies from Pebble Beach, as well as others.
Then on to the second car collection, owned by Ralph and Adeline Marano. Ralph has been collecting cars since his early teenage years when he acquired a 1937 Packard coupe that occupies a special place in the Morano Museum.
After enjoying these two world-class collections, we enjoyed a night on the town in New York City.
It was a long day of the finest activities, and one that we will remember for a long, long time.
Friday, May 3, 2013 – Courtyard Marriott Meadowlands, New Jersey
After too much work even to contemplate, by Ray Giudice and his team, and months and months of eager anticipation, the day is finally here to kick off this Cross-Country CARavan. By noon, CLASSICS bearing license plates from Maine to California, began to roll in to the Courtyard by Marriott in East Rutherford, NJ, just a 15 minute ride and a birds-eye view across the Hudson River to New York City. As a special treat, we also have Jeanne-Pierre and Marie Claire Coustenoble, and Joel and Genevieve Winter from Paris, France participating.
Today is reserved for registering, getting familiar with plans for the 3 coming weeks, and renewing acquaintances. At 6:30 pm tonight, we will gather for cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and lots of conversation to further prepare us for this promising trip across the USA.
Re-Discover America Attendees:
1947 Cadillac, 8, Convertible Coupe
1937 Cadillac, 75, Convertible Sedan, Fleetwood
1936 Lincoln, 12, K, Convertible Sedan, LeBaron
1941 Cadillac, 8, 62, Convertible Coupe
1947 Cadillac, 8, 75, 7-passenger Sedan
1941 Cadillac, 8, 62, Convertible Coupe
1938 Packard, 1601, Convertible Victoria, Darrin
1947 Packard, 8, 2106, Touring Sedan
1941 Cadillac, 8, 60S, Sedan
1934 Packard, 8, 1104, Club Sedan
1934 Packard, 8, 1100, Sedan
1929 Stutz, 8, M, Speedster, LeBaron
1936 Cadillac, 12, 85, Town Sedan
1947 Cadillac, 8, 62, Sedan
1930 Lincoln, 8, L, Phaeton, Derham
1926 Franklin, 6, 11A, Touring
1937 Packard, 12, 1508 Convertible Sedan
1937 Packard, 12, 1507, Formal Sedan
1937 Packard, 12, 1508, 7-passenger Sedan
1947 Packard, 8, 2106, Club Sedan
1938 Packard, 8, 1603, Touring Sedan
1947 Cadillac, 8, 60S, Sedan
1946 Packard, 8, 2126, 8-passenger Sedan
1934 Packard, 8, 1104, Club Sedan
1947 Packard, 8, 2106, Sedan
1937 Packard, 12, 1507, Convertible Coupe
1930 Lincoln, 8, L, Limousine, Willoughby
1931 Chrysler, 8, CG IMP, DC Phaeton
1932 Cadillac, 16, 452B Phaeton
1941 Lincoln Continental, Cabriolet
1935 Packard, 8, 1205, Convertible Sedan
1936 Cadillac, 12, 85, Convertible Sedan Fleetwood
1937 Packard, 8, 1501 Coupe Roadster
1930 Packard, 8, 740, Roadster
1940 Packard, 8, 1807, Convertible Sedan, Darrin
1941 Cadillac, 8, 62, Formal Sedan, Derham
1941 Cadillac, 8, 60S, Sedan
1939 Talbot Lago, T23, Convertible, H. Chapron
1947 Cadillac, 8, 62, Convertible Coupe
1932 Cadillac, 12, 1507, 370B, Sedan
1941 Cadillac, 8, 62, Convertible Sedan
1948 Delahaye, 6, 135MS, Convertible, Antem
1941 Cadillac, 8, 62, Convertible Coupe
1934 Railton, 8, DH Coupe, Nerkley
1947 Cadillac, 8, 62, Convertible Coupe
1941 Lincoln Continental, 12, Cabriolet
1946 Cadillac, 8, 62, Sedan