Shift into drive and get in gear for the 2017 event, The Drive Home II: The Heritage Run, a 12-day, 2,150 mile road rally from Boston to Detroit showcasing 100 years of automotive history.
The name, “The Drive Home” (TDH) suggests a journey to the heart and home of American automotive history. What better place to celebrate the rich legacy of ingenuity and steel-made trailblazing than the Motor City?
LeMay-America’s Car Museum (ACM), partnered with the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, to host the drive, featuring a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad, a 1961 Chrysler 300G, and a 1966 Ford Mustang.
ACM is based in Tacoma, Washington: the starting point for the inaugural TDH. The museum features 12 rotating exhibits and serves as a destination for car lovers of all ages.
According to author William Hall on ClassicCars.com, “The bright-red classics were chosen for their representation of Detroit’s Big Three manufacturers.”
Celebrating its 100-year anniversary, J.D. Rockefeller’s 1917 Crane Simplex tags along for the ride, tucked away safe in an enclosed trailer.
Car enthusiasts and clubs have the opportunity to join TDH II’s travels with car and coffee events, happy hours and get-togethers in six states along the tour.
Next stop: Michigan, driving through Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Lansing and ending in Detroit.
In its inaugural year, TDH completed a 3,100-mile drive from Tacoma to Detroit, ending at the NAIAS, an international auto show event providing access to products, technologies, and innovations in the automotive industry.
“NAIAS executive director Rod Alberts and I came up with the idea for The Drive Home as a way to celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile and highlight American automotive ingenuity,” said David Madeira, CEO of America’s Automotive Trust (AAT).
According to the ACM blog, Madeira said the first Drive Home was so successful, they decided to do it all again.
Now in its second year, TDH seeks to connect with automotive enthusiasts across the country, ending on the historic Woodward Avenue in the famous Motor City.
The Drive Home II began on December 28, departing Boston and will conclude on Jan. 7 at the opening of the (NAIAS).
If you catch one of these classic beauties cruising down Woodward Avenue, snap a pic and use the hashtags #DriveHome #ACMDriveHome #LeMayACM.
The North American International Auto Show takes place January 8 – January 22. Check in with the blog soon for more information on the hottest show this winter.