Letting the Good Times Roll

As I return from my annual trip to the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance and Motoring Festival, the event that is traditionally the last before we hunker down for winter in the eastern U.S. and await the resumption of activities in March, a bittersweet sensation overtakes me as we review the experience that was 2013 and anticipate the excitement of 2014.

The motorsports hobby offers a wide variety of opportunities to recreate with the vehicle of your choice; the Cincy Motorsports Journal team participates in as many of these activities as possible, including car shows, Concours D’Elegances, new car introductions, high performance boat rallies, vintage motorcycle meets and scenic driving tours.

The scenic roads around the Tristate area are a siren’s song to enthusiasts on two wheels and four as each twist and turn reveals another opportunity to use several features of your vehicle, usually simultaneously. Our favorite vintage MG sports car club produced a group of over 25 classic cars for a tour to Adams County with the CMJ edit team leading the way in one of the vintage British cars. It was a privilege and a thrill to drive a 65-year-old car 160 miles. The buzz has yet to wear off. The Porsche Family Tree celebration branched out in 2013 to include a scenic driving tour with the Ohio Valley Region of the Porsche Club of America. Over two dozen classic performance machines followed a route that flowed back and forth across the East Fork Little Miami River; a vintage Porsche 356 was our ride for the day—a great match for the curves of the river valley route. Maserati’s Taste of Italy brought out the finest Italian machinery for the “Targa Clermont.” The Ferrari Club lead the pack for the 80-mile tour over challenging roads amidst fabulous autumn scenery before ending appropriately at Ferrari’s Little Italy. The CMJ went shotgun on the field putting an Alfa Romeo Spyder through its paces on a very rainy morning.

Many of our partners drove their classics in the tours. European Auto Specialists brought a car on each tour. Corghi USA helped with advice on wheel and tire balancing. AT&T’s “Don’t Text and Drive” message was welcomed by all. Porsche of the Village and Maserati of Cincinnati brought cars and customers as did Porsche of King’s Automall. The crew at Motoring in Focus captured much of the fun and has been sharing the images in these pages. We had fun driving around the area and will be back on the road in Spring 2014.

Opportunities to show your ride and share some time and tales abound. The Saturday morning Coffee & Cars at Fuel on Riverside drive is always an eclectic combination of cars and bikes. Mulberry Square on Friday nights and the Bike Nites at Quaker Steak and Lubes are always deep in eye candy. The annual gathering at Ault Park of Concours cars puts the best examples on display. Lexington Ky. (Keeneland) and Dayton also host exceptional Concours d’Elegance events. The Village of Mariemont invites Porsche owners to congregate at the square each October to benefit several charities. British cars are all the rage in July at Harbin Park, as are Fords at the Ford Plant. Sharonville hosts the first show of each year and the King Daddy of car shows—The Pumpkin Run Nationals—wraps up the year.

The calendar of events is a bit slim over the winter so we included a listing of some of the more active groups in the area that organize classic vehicle activities, get off the couch and behind the wheel! Until spring you can find me in the garage getting the rides ready for more of everything in 2014!