The annual Cincy Motorsports Journal spring driving tour brought the relentless winter to a close with a vibrant splash of color and sound as 70 classic and vintage vehicles got the fun rolling with a trip around southwest Ohio. The 2014 edition, on April 12, wound through valleys and over hills along spectacular roads rounding an ancient earthwork and an Amish market before ending with savory fare at a riverside winery and restaurant.

Departing Milford in packs of about a dozen cars—Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, BMW, Corvette, Triumph, MG, Austin Healey and Austin Mini—pilots and navigators headed east to Serpent Mound overlooking the Ohio Brush Creek Valley near Peebles. The world’s largest serpent effigy mound sits on a plateau in a crater formed by a meteorite. This place, so steeped in history, provided an exemplary backdrop for the relatively and absolutely modern machinery.

The second leg of the tour followed the Ohio Brush Creek Valley south, utilizing the area’s most rural and scenic paved roadways to reach Wheat Ridge, where a steep climb had some of the vintage machines exercising vigorously as they topped the ridge to find the sprawling Miller’s Amish Market waiting. The cars were parked amongst the Amish-built garages, appropriately enough, while the drivers and navigators enjoyed the various stores, plus delights from the sandwich shop and especially the bakery.

The third stage proceeded southwest, crisscrossing the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail, through the Harshaville Covered Bridge, along valleys budding with spring vegetation that stretch to the Ohio River. Somewhere along the way, this penultimate leg of the journey became known as the “See America first, Get Lost on a Rallye” stage: Some of the key road signs were “directionally challenging,” which resulted in teams choosing divergent routes. However, they all seemed to achieve the goal of ending the tour at Moyer Vineyard Winery & Restaurant in Manchester for tastings of the varietals and delicious fare. Tom Hamrick of Moyer’s spontaneously picked his favorite three cars—a striking yellow 2012 Corvette, an all original 1978 MG Midget and a delicious red 1952 MG TD—and each team received a bottle of Moyer’s finest to take home.

The final leg of the day was a leisurely drive home with the bulk of the group chasing a setting sun along the Ohio River on Route 52, enjoying the valley in the soft evening light. The most veteran car on the tour, a beautiful 1947 MG TC, returned to Oxford, clocking well over 250 miles on the day with the top down all the way!

Joining the Cincy readers and the veteran drivers from the Southwest Ohio MG-T Owners and the Drei Staaten Gruppe vintage Porsche club were members from the British Car Club of Greater Cincinnati and the Ohio Valley Region Porsche Club of America. The rolling car show can be viewed online at Many thanks to all that drove along with us and made this another fun day of playing with cars!

Making Summer Fun

Working on this issue’s CMJ, I realized that the mess on my desk indicated it was time for organization or institutionalization. While executing the former, the CMJ summer schedule got juxtaposed with Porsche information, leading to the question: How much summer fun can one have in a new Boxster GTS? The choices proved abundant.

- Gas it and GO! Try high speed driving at a Road Course Track Day or in an Autocross to satiate your competitive desires. In Porsche lingo, the GTS moniker designates a superior level of performance: The super-quick 7 speed PDK and Sport Chrono package coupled with increased horsepower and torque produces a notable performance advantage.

- Show it off at a car show. Ault Park Concours d’Elegance features Porsche Club Parking. The distinctive dark shaded lights and black matte diffuser set the GTS apart. Car shows such as the VW/Porsche Reunion, now at Germania Park, would welcome you.

- Enjoy some scenery. Faster than a car show and slower than a racetrack are scenic driving tours, a perfect venue for a Boxster GTS. The Tour d’Elegance following the Keeneland Concours offers a stunning drive.

My ultimate road trip is heading north for the Put-In-Bay Road Races Reunion in August. Take the back roads, ferry to the island, drive the old “around the houses” race course and take the laps on the airport course. End with the car show. NOTHING beats sportscars and islands.

Schedule of Events

June 4-8, Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Indy Motor Speedway, Speedway, Ind.

June 7, Corvettes of Hamilton Cruise In, Chesterwood Village, West Chester, Ohio

June 8, Ault Park Concours d’Elegance, Mt. Lookout, Ohio

June 15, The Elegance at Hershey exhibition, Hershey, Pa.

June 27-29, Vintage Grand Prix, Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course, Lexington, Ohio

June 28, Sprint Cup Quaker State 400, Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky.

June 29, Ramblin’ Relics Car Show, West Union, Ohio

July 13, British Car and Motorcycle Day, Harbin Park, Fairfield, Ohio

July 19, Keeneland Concours d’Elegance, Keeneland Race Course, Lexington, Ky.

July 26, 60th Annual Jerry E Moore Antique Car Parade, Hamilton, Ohio

July 27, All Ford Show, Tri-State Mustang Club Dave & Buster’s, Springdale, Ohio

August 8-10, Indian 4 Motorcycles Annual Meet, Tiffin, Ohio

August 25-27, Put-In-Bay Road Races Reunion, South Bass Island, Ohio

September 5-7, Lunken Airport Aviation Days, Wilmer Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio

September 6, Wyoming Exotic Wheels & Wine, Wyoming Ave, Wyoming, Ohio

Recurring Events:

Thursday Evening, Cruise the Square, Downtown Sharonville, Ohio

Friday Evening, Mulberry Square Cruise In, State Route 28, Milford, Ohio

Saturday Morning, Coffee & Cars, Fuel Coffee, 2726 Riverside Dr, Cincy, 8:30 a.m.

Saturday Morning, Cars with Coffee and Donuts, Dunkin Donuts, Dixie Hwy, Fairfield 10 a.m.