An estimated fifty classic sports cars will meet in Golden for the start of the third annual Hagerty Silver Summit Classic Car Adventure. The event, put on by Classic Car Adventures, is an affordable three-day driving tour for pre-1979 sports and touring cars, with a central focus on the joy of driving.
The idea for Classic Car Adventures came while road-tripping across California and Nevada in a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle. While there are plenty of luxury high-end driving tours for classic car owners, or show-and-shine events, company owner Dave Hord wanted to host budget-friendly events that focused on the best roads and driving experience.
Classic Car Adventures began nine years ago with the Spring Thaw tour, held in British Columbia Canada. “Our events are for people who love to drive their cars but more than anything,” Hord says, “our goal was to create fun events that wouldn’t break the bank. Keeping classic cars running is expensive enough!” After selling out the BC event each year, Classic Car Adventures started expanding to provide more events across North America, beginning with Colorado.
The 2017 Hagerty Silver Summit is the third year for this annual avent, always based in Colorado. The first two years started in Denver, but moves to Golden in 2017 to start at the new Hagerty Collector Car Insurance Office. The event route is kept secret each year, participants only know the start location and where they will finish in three days. “Keeping the route secret is part of the fun,” says Hord, “part of the adventure is not knowing where you’re going until you open the route book, and explore that route with other enthusiasts.”
Victor Ceicys drives his Porsche 914 all the way from Cleveland for the Colorado event. “Dave organizes a perfect rally,” he explains, “the fellow rallyists were a hoot and we all became a band of brothers, including the women amongst us. The evening dinners arranged by the event are worthy of the long travel alone.” Participants for this year’s event hail from Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah, Ohio, Canada and even an entry traveling from Switzerland. They’ll be driving in a wide variety of cars, including Mustangs, Triumphs, Healeys, Porsches and even a rare genuine AC Cobra.
The 2017 Hagerty Silver Summit starts in Golden Colorado on May 19th and finishes in Grand Junction on May 21st. The entry fee of $650 includes two nights hotel, dinner and branded gifts for two guests in one car. A total of forty-five entries are available for 2017, and as of press time twenty-three entries have been filled. Entry information can be found at www.classiccaradventures.com or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org