To my mind, one of the real pleasures of owning a
classic vehicle is driving it. If the only time I got to drive Maych
was from a trailer to a parking spot at a car show I think I would
quickly get bored with the whole thing. Sure, I enjoy car shows
and I attend and enter Maych in a few every year.
But driving Maych to the shows is the best
part. There's just something about driving down the rode, left
arm resting on the window ledge, AM, non-stereo, vintage radio playing
some tune from a 70's oldie-goldie's station, dual pipes letting
everyone know that there's more than a four cylinder rice-burner under
the hood that lifts my spirits and takes me back to a simpler time and
When the weather's particularly nice, my wife and I
will jump into Maych and just cruise around town or take
a short trip out in the country. But what we enjoy most is
driving the annual "Tour Nebraska" event, hosted
by the Nebraska Rod and
Custom Association. NRCA
has been hosting this annual event for the past 12 years.
The tour is a two day event and covers about 300 miles per day, each
year covering a different part of Nebraska and
adjoining states. The tour begins each day from the same location
so there is no hassle with changing motel rooms. For the past few
years the tour has had over 200 vintage vehicles participate.
Newspapers in a lot of the towns that the tour passes through let their
readers know the time and route of the tour and people will line the
roadside waiting to get a glimpse and wave at the passing cars.
All in all, it's a very enjoyable two days.
If you live close (or even if you don't) I would
encourage anyone who likes driving their classic to sign up for the
tour. The tour goes rain or shine but surely a little rain won't
hurt your vehicle. You might want to bring a little bug juice
remover along also. You do have to be a member of NRCA
but it only costs $10.00 per year, plus $1.00 for spouses.
The tabs at the right chronicle the "Tour Nebraska"
events I've participated in. If you like what you see, come join
2001-2006 by Johnny M. Patterson