The 2012 Holiday Motor Excursion: Antiques Up Close
If you’re a vintage-vehicle fan and you find yourself in Southern California for the holiday season, there is one event that you must put on your calendar.
The Horseless Carriage Club of Southern California (a division of the Horseless Carriage Club of America) puts on Holiday Motor Excursion every year, always on the Sunday after Christmas. Since the HCCA is officially open to pre-1917 automobiles, the primary focus of the event is brass-era classics. The driving tour itself is open only to pre-1932 stock vehicles, but lots of other amazing vintage machines show up to make the scene.
For this year’s edition (the 57th annual), the event moved from Pasadena City College to the more spacious parking lot of the Irwindale Raceway. The cars start arriving before sunrise, and by the time the official tour participants start rolling out at around 10 a.m., there are well over 100 vehicles in the parking lot.
Seeing antique cars enshrined in a museum and preserved for future generations is a great thing. But it’s even better to experience them outside in the real world, running and driving, puttering past in the early morning sunlight. It’s truly living history. And for an old-car lover, it’s pretty close to heaven on earth.
Pictured below is part one; we’ll run another installment later in the week.