I have always preferred driving events as opposed to sitting all day at a car show, and as the season was winding down I was longing to get a good autumn drive in the Miata as most of the car events through the summer were given to my modified VW. So when my friend Dave of Classic Car Adventures told me they were having a Thanksgiving morning run to Britannia Beach, and that the regular pre-1979 rules didn’t apply, I immediately planned to be there.
We started the drive in North Vancouver at the Superstore parking lot, where there had to be at least 40-50 cars(There may have been more than that actually). It was a great turnout with a big thanks to the sunshine for sticking around well into October. Plenty of different cars showed up, British, German, Japanese, American. My Miata, and my friend’s Porsche 964 beside me(in the first photo) were two of the newer cars at 1990 along with an early-mid 90’s Corvette. There was a good spread of cars from the late 40’s all the way up to the 90’s. It was a really different group of cars then what I have been used to as well as a lot of cars and people I have not seen before. It was nice meeting some people, and my wife and I really enjoyed the change of scenery from going to the same shows and cruises over the past few years.
Everyone left North Vancouver around 9am. I found some solidarity in a group of roadsters who I cruised up to Britannia Beach with. Everyone in the convertibles were bundled up in toques, scarves and coats but I know for myself, and probably for the others, I was enjoying the crisp autumn morning air and the twisty roads. The highway was absolutely littered with police that morning. I am pretty sure none of us on the cruise got pulled over as we were all driving pretty responsibly, but they were snagging a lot of other drivers who were blowing by us.
The Thanksgiving Day Sea To Sky Run was nothing short of a brilliant way to end off the season and it definitely is aiding the fact that I am caring less and less for new cars. Driving past new, dull, safety first designed, “oatmeal”(see Jerry Seinfeld comment on this in a CCGC episode at 4:35) in a large group of older cars so full of colour, curves, character and style certainly gives you a dulled perspective on newer vehicles.
Dave and the Classic Car Adventures put on a really good morning drive, I can definitely see my self heading to more of their events. Just gotta get my hands on a pre-79′ vehicle! Anyone know of any old Irish Green 911’s around?
Oh and by the way, the coffee at Galileo Coffee Company is absolutely fantastic. Check it out some time if you haven’t.
For more Classic Car Adventures Events, check out www.classiccaradventures.com
Update: Photos from the 2013 CCA Thanksgiving Run are now up, click here to check them out!