the Columbia River Gorge | San Francisco Travel Blog
We wrote recently about the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, an upcoming antique car show for serious car collectors and car lovers, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the road rally that leads up to the show and involves lots of entrants. The Pebble Beach Motoring Classic is the official prelude to the Concours and is now in its eighth year. The 1,500-mile tour of vintage cars from around the world leads off an amazing week of antique car auctions, races and shows on the Monterey Peninsula and is the event of the year for Bay Area vintage car lovers.
This year’s Classic begins on August 7 in Kirkland, Wash., and participants are expected to arrive in Pebble Beach eight days later. However, no matter how well restored and maintained these antiques may be, breakdowns and other unexpected developments are the rule rather than the exception in most years. The mountainous route from the Pacific Northwest can be very unforgiving to vintage cars, and owners and organizers frequently have to take alternative routes on their way south.
Participant Al McEwan is the proud owner of a 1931 Pierce-Arrow. He had to replace the head gasket on his motor shortly after he and other participants crossed into California last year.
“Something always comes up you can’t plan for,” he said. “Old cars break. You just have to roll with that.”
However, despite the occasional breakdown and route change, participants love the experience. They get to enjoy spectacular scenery as they travel through the Cascade Range, the Columbia River Gorge, Crater Lake and the redwood forests of Northern California’s rugged coast. They then turn inland and travel through the Sonoma Valley wine region, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and continue through San Francisco on their way to Monterey.
If you love antique cars, make time to see these automotive beauties as they travel through the Bay Area. If you would like the experience of riding in a timeless classic automobile, call us today at 800-339-8936 to ask about our San Francisco antique car rentals! We offer a very respectable selection of vintage cars for our guests who rent them for weddings, anniversaries, trips to the wine country, sightseeing tours and other special occasions. Browse our selection on our site, and, if you have questions or want to make a reservation, just give us a call at NLS Limo!