Three cars normally on display at the America’s Car Museum (ACM) in Tacoma, Washington will trek across the U.S. this winter. The 11-day transcontinental odyssey-called “The Drive Home”-will span Dec. 27 to Jan. 7 from Washington to their automakers’ origin in Detroit.
The Drive Home will include three red vintage cars: a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad, a 1961 Chrysler 300G 2-door hardtop and a 1966 Mustang. The trip concludes with the opening of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
“Cars are meant to be driven, not sit idle in a museum. Driving these vehicles from the ‘Big Three’ American auto manufacturers will be a celebration of Detroit’s automotive heritage,” said ACM CEO David Madeira. “The cars chosen represent an iconic era when the ‘Motor City’ was undisputedly the automotive center of the world. And this rally celebrates the resurgence of Detroit and the American auto industry.”
“All roads truly lead to Detroit, as it remains the heart of the global automotive industry,” said Rod Alberts, executive director of NAIAS. “This cross-country trek is a perfect opportunity to showcase both Detroit’s rich automotive heritage in the vehicles that are participating, as well as the future of the automotive industry in the exciting next-generation products and technologies that will be revealed on the NAIAS stage in the days following the drive.”
The 2,400-mile journey will have stops along the way for enthusiast rallies in cities including Portland and Bend, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; Salt Lake City; Denver; Kansas City and St. Louis; Chicago and Bloomington, Illinois; and a “major celebration” in Detroit.
“I’m hoping many enthusiasts will brave the winter weather, hop in their collector vehicles and join us along the way,” Madeira said. The trip will be a meandering festival with local car clubs joining the drive, as they stop at auto dealerships, historic landmarks and car-culture hangouts.
Net proceeds from the road trip will benefit the Hagerty Education Program at ACM, a program dedicated to preparing young adults for careers in automotive restoration via hands-on, career-based training, scholarships, paid internships and apprenticeships.