Ask your doctor: If you sit too much, it’s bad for you. The same is true for old cars. Joints stiffen up, moisture takes its various tolls, rubber and leather dry out, tires get flat spotted, gasoline goes stale and vermin take up residence. No matter how beautiful, rare and/or valuable, old cars need to get out and drive or they’ll slowly die of neglect. A coveted opportunity to do so exists in the Reliable Carriers Eight Flags Road Tour.
That refrain was repeated over and over by the owners and operators of the 62 beautiful machines that took to the roads near Amelia Island two days before the 2020 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. While static shows like the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance are an opportunity to look over cars in detail, nothing beats using them as intended. The sights and sounds of old cars in motion brought locals and tourists alike flocking to the route, eager to see these ancient and honored automobiles automobiling.