Though I've had my Tin Lizzie for about four years, I've yet to participate in any organized tours, poker-runs, lunch-runs or any other such convoy activity. This is mostly due to my being a church musician—Sunday mornings being the time when most car club activities are scheduled. Tomorrow would have been a weekday first. I ran the route with my modern car to check for too-steep hills, heavy traffic, speed limits, etc., but everything was lush gardens and shady, tree-lined back-roads. Perfect!
Then I looked at tomorrow's weather forecast and it called for widespread thunder-boomers. Phooey!!! (sorry ladies)
Well, I got caught driving my open Touring in that kind of weather once before and boy-oh-boy, that ain't happening twice.
It’ll probably be quite a while before another non-Sunday opportunity presents itself. I belong to several local old-car clubs and have made motions for Saturday morning activities, but nobody’s buying that idea. My, how things have changed. Who else is dealing with this frustration?
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Bob, Henry Austin Clark had a fall tour called Run for the Sea on Long Island. I toured it with my '10 for many years and 9 out of 10 times it poured the whole three days of touring. Eventually it became know as the Rain for the Sea. Touring in the rain builds character! Just keep your coil box dry and side curtains up! If you don't have side curtains now is the time to order them!
Okay, time to order side curtains.
What do you mean too steep, that's what is fun.
Bob, I'm kinda with ya on that one. No side curtains either, probably never get them. Really hate to get the car all slobbed up, especially the one's with the super nice paint anyway, and then there's the brass to think of. Plus, without an enclosed trailer to park 'em in overnight, around here lately it seems every time it rains, it storms with hail. Thats probably my biggest concern.
Going on a two-day tour this weekend, they're already throwing storms in the forecast the first night. Ugh.
Most of us don't plan to drive in rain, but it does happen if you drive very much. I always keep the side curtains with the car, so I have them when needed. They do make a great difference when it's rainy or very cold.
Our Arkansas Tin Lizzies tours (4 per year) are Thursday thru Saturday, never on Sunday. And they're always FREE!
Henry Austin Clark is one of my heroes. Heard him speak, didn't know him personally. Great man.
Many of the tours I have participated in over the years have been accompanied by rain, some had snow. All were worth it! Side curtains need to be part of your plan.
Here's my dog Rocky after we got caught in a rain storm while on tour in 2004:
I'll trade you, this was about 75 miles north of us yesterday. Killed 2 including a 5 year old girl. Wiped out the small town of Pilger, NE
1998 Greatrace, Colorado in June:
Nine inches rain that day, Syracuse to Johnson City to Finish at Haverhill, Mass.
Speedster crews wear their windshields, tops and side curtains.
when i was 11 i did a circle tour in PA with the HCCA in my dad's 1909 packard 18 touring - has no windshield or top. we were only doing one week of the two-week tour, so at the end we had to drive all the way across the state with our luggage to the trailer. It poured rain the entire way, about 5 hours. i was riding "shotgun" and got absolutely drenched - soaked right through my rain gear. Well when we got to the trailer, I turn around and my younger brothers had climbed under the luggage & tarp, and were dry as a bone. They pushed my suitcase out from under the tarp to make room, and all my clothes got soaked. boy was i cross!
I seem to see the opposite here. Way too much is planned on Saturdays and not enough on Sundays. At present I work every other Saturday and I am off every Sunday.
I have never understood why some people feel they need to go to church 52 Sundays a year. My wife was a church organist and she even took off 4 Sundays every year - she put it in her contract.
The other option is to find a friend or two and just plan a tour with 2-3 cars. Works for me.
Have fun touring.
p.s. I drove a speedster so I always get wet.
None of our brass era cars have either windshields or side curtains. On the very rare occation the top might be raised. We are smart enough to know after 60 some years of touring to carry appropriate wet weather clothing. If we get caught in unexpected weather we always have 33 gallon garbage bags for real emergencies.
My 1st tour was riding with my parents in a 1913 Ford from Seattle to Sacramento for an HCCA National tour in 1959. I learned quickly that an open touring car ride was interesting and ever changing activity. I have been touring ever since, and enjoying the weather good and bad.
There are no car clubs real close by me. One, about 75 miles away does a lot of stuff on weekdays. I can never attend because I work for a living. Those guys are either retired or get more days off than I do. The other club that I am affiliated with is about 150 miles away. They do most of their things on Saturday, but it is not uncommon for them to have 2 and 3 day events that run the whole weekend or Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We will usually just skip the Fridays and meet up with them on Saturday when they do a long one.
We came home from Lake Goldsmith with the Model 'T' Ford Club of Victoria in over 100km/hr winds. Sometimes you just have to let "Mother Nature" meet a Model 'T'. It all adds to the stories in the future sitting around a meet or around a camp fire!!!
Mike, I'm glad you were spared the devastation. Such an awful thing. God bless all those devastated, especially the families of those killed. That poor little girl. I can't imagine how their parents feel.
It is a conspiracy by the weather guessers nothing like stinging rain and being glad that drivers licenses are now laminated plastic so they don't fall apart in your wallet, oh you guys were talking about driving your T's in the rain I was riding my motorcycle home yesterday when I got hit with a "Stray" thunderstorm temperature drops and the rain is cold at least the motorcycle can be dried off with a leaf blower!
Maybe it's time to reproduce the Rubbey cape apron from Motor Supply Co, Chicago 1911
Originally posted by Ralph Ricks