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 place.

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 AssociationNRCA 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 us.

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