Steve's thread on finding back roads got me to thinking. If/when you go on a local tour with your local club, what do you prefer to do? We are a member of a T club in SC, but live in GA. The members do not all live in the same place and we are not the only ones from GA. So, it is possible for various members to host tours in places other members have never been. That keeps things interesting. But when it does come time to host the tour, what do you prefer to do? Do you prefer long drives through scenic countryside, or short drives between points of interest where you spend hours out of the car, or what?
I was going to start a thread this evening along these same lines but my questions were focussed on starting a 3 day tour for pre 1930 vehicles through my local AACA chapter here in central Virginia. Never having been on any tours, I was wondering similarly to you Hal, what is the daily distance preference? Do you like to stay at one hotel and return to it at night or make a big circle staying at different hotels each night? During the day, do you enjoy stopping after a while(other than meal stops) to hit some antique shops, visit museums, visit other attractions such as formal gardens or wineries? How do you keep a group of vehicles together through traffic stops? Do you have a "meat wagon" truck and trailer that follows the groups in case of a break down? What insurance is required by the host club and what does that typically cost? Do all tours require a pre tour inspection or written/signed statement that certain mechanical safety items have been completed?
Basically, I'm green as grass and need to learn. This is a stretch goal for me with the idea that in three years, we could hold the first tour.
Of the national, regional and local tours I've attended over the last 30 years, there is no set standard. National tours typically (always?) include an inspection sheet and vehicle safety check as well as requiring proof of insurance. Our NWVS speedster endurance runs have a similar requirement along with a signed waiver of liability. Our local tours and most regional tours do not do a safety check although they may end out a self check form.
Tour preferences vary significantly. Day trips are most common for local events. My preference for these is scenic driving and a meal along the way with maybe an ice cream stop if it's a long day. Anything from 60 to 200 miles would keep me happy. Our local group also does a car show or two each year at assisted living centers. No tour, just show and chat with residents, families and staff. Some of us give rides to residents.
I also like multi-day tours, either loop or with a single host motel.
Other than all day sit around car shows (duller than dirt after 45 minutes), I like almost any excuse to drive the cars.
After going on the MTFCI tour in Rochester two years ago, I would prefer at least 80 miles a day with however many visits you can arrange. Go east one day, west the next, south, or north. That gives you 4 options for every tour. It also keeps everything in one place which I believe most people prefer.
Some people like a tour that changes locations every night. As long as you plan it far enough in advance and get all the hotels lined up for each consecutive night and then return to your starting point at the end of the tour. Then you do not have to haul trailers all over the place.
I would also love to do a cross country tour. I think my car can handle it. I just can't get off work more than 3-4 days in a row.