I’ve mentioned The Drive Home in previous posts now you can get a proper feel for the event.
Since 2016, The Drive Home – organized by America’s Automotive Trust – has run a caravan of classic cars and trucks cross-country to Detroit, Michigan, arriving in time for the opening of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in mid-January. The winter use of classic vehicles is not without its detractors, but this year’s The Drive Home IV, which departed Houston, Texas on January 3 and arrived in Detroit, Michigan on January 12, will mark the last time the event is held on salt-encrusted roads. This video, produced by Derek Klein Films and courtesy of LeMay – America’s Car Museum, gives a sense of what it was like to be part of the journey, and why the annual trek is so important to the hobby.
Following on from William’s previous introduction to The Drive Home IV, here’s how day one went.
Even on its best day, Houston is a driver’s nightmare. Mix in 24 hours of steady rain with nowhere to drain, and America’s fourth largest city becomes one giant concrete birdbath.
It seems it’s now part of The Drive Home tradition to begin our annual January trek to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with a “Hundred Year” meteorological event, but despite last year’s Bomb Cyclone projections, we’ve never felt more anxiety than during rush hour traffic in Space City. A brief excursion to sponsor Casa de Montecristo reaffirmed the need to avoid the overstressed expressway and return The Drive Home to the lazier backroads of America.
Echoing the Big Three automaker’s increased focus on truck/SUV production, this year’s Drive Home will feature a cross-country convoy of classic American pickup trucks—including a 1965 Ford F100, a 1957 Ford Ranchero, a 1955 Chevy 3600, and a 1962 International Travelette—navigating a 2,750-mile meandering route to the Motor City. The “World’s Quickest SUV,” a Hennessey Jeep Grand Cherokee HPE 1200 Trackhawk from Hennessey Performance of Sealy, Texas, will shadow the vintage trucks all the way to Detroit.