VINTAGE TOURING GROUP – 2016 IN REVIEW
By Rick Morrison
The year 2016 was very good for touring with the 1942 and earlier cars. Because the weather this past summer was unseasonably dry and hot, rain did not deter participants from bringing their old old cars. Participants are required to be members of the ACCCC or a recognized antique car club and inviting guests as “ride-alongs” is encouraged to interest others in aspect of the hobby.
This summer’s activity was our 4th year since the Vintage Touring Group (VTG) was founded. Three events were organized as described in the following paragraphs and as best as could be counted, there were 52 different pre-war cars hitting the roads this summer on VTG tours. This group of participants truly enjoys driving their early cars and meeting fellow enthusiasts with a similar interest on these tours. This has prompted several members to search for an appropriate pre-war car or to acquire an earlier brass-era car to take full advantage of what the VTG offers in the way of a touring experience.
VTG Tour #5: Smiths Falls 2016
The season began with a weekend tour hosted by Terry and Sharlene Irish in Smiths Falls and Frank Willison of Perth on June 25th & 26th, 2016. Approximately 35 cars and 75 people took part. On Saturday we covered almost 80 miles touring around the Smiths Falls area under perfect weather. On Saturday evening we got together for a delicious dinner at the Rob Roy Pub in Smiths Falls. Sunday’s tour to Merrickville (with the mandatory ice cream stop) was a bit shorter at 50 miles to allow time for participants to head home.
VTG Tour #6: Belleville 2016
Our second weekend tour took place on August 27th and 28th where we gathered at the Travelodge Inn in Belleville. Saturday’s tour of 90 miles took us to Stirling to visit Farm Town followed by a lunch stop at the Black Dog Restaurant. The group toured home via Deseronto and the south shore of the Bay of Quinte. Sunday’s 55 mile run took us on a scenic tour to Wellington where we enjoyed lunch. Joe & Lynne Konarowski, Tom and Tracey Murphy and Sid Stevens organized this tour which attracted 20+ cars.
VTG Tour #7: Durham 2016
On Sept. 4th, Jodi Hewett and Dave Snowden hosted a “Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Sunday Tour” for vintage car lovers” aka the Vintage Touring Group at the Snowden Farm, on the north side of Oshawa. This was their first attempt at organizing a VTG Tour and they did a terrific job. After a complimentary breakfast, Jodi gave us our instructions and about 21 or so cars departed for a leisurely tour. Taking an innumerable number of turns, we snaked 45 miles through the Region of Durham to arrive at the Brig & Marina Dockside Restaurant in the Port of Newcastle for lunch.
For additional information on the Vintage Touring Group and upcoming tours for 2017, please contact any of the individuals named above.