Journal: Spring Is Here: Where Will You Drive Your Classic First?

Spring Is Here: Where Will You Drive Your Classic First?

By Michael Banovsky
April 16, 2015
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Even though the Petrolicious HQ is located under the eternal sunshine of the California sun, we have lived all over the world and truly miss watching the seasons change right before our eyes.

Months of anticipation lead, inevitably, to one moment: your first springtime drive. Where will you go?

My hometown of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada is located on the Great Lakes, otherwise known as the world’s largest freshwater lakes. Their scale and depth are truly immense, and both fall and winter storms are severe enough to swallow up anything in their path—famously, even the massive 729-ft long SS Edmond Fitzgerald ore freighter and its crew of 29 were victims.

Because of Lake Huron and the weather it shapes, winters can be harsh—so the first signs of spring are often met with unbridled glee. My first tour of the year—every year—is along the St. Clair River Trail (we just call it “River Road”) toward Sarnia, following the river until it meets Lake Huron.

A quick jaunt through town is a good opportunity to grab a snack, and then Lakeshore Road is an enjoyable and scenic lakeside route that stretches almost as far north as you’re willing to go, with the only-an-hour-away city of Grand Bend as the point at which I usually turn around and head home. After months of anticipation, it’s always a treat to drive with the window down, enjoying the smells of beautiful beach sand, fresh water, and evergreen trees.

Now, it’s your turn. After months of cold temperatures, what’s your first springtime jaunt?

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Mosca Valerio
Mosca Valerio

My next road trip is from Pescara to Geneva motor show with my father in a Fiat 128 coupè, 1000km without take higways trough the alps on the Simplon Pass!

Emanuel Costa
Emanuel Costa

Well, in Portugal you can drive all year around, but Spring always makes one want to go a few miles/km further… If I could get out the next few days, I’d probably go to the Douro Valley. The Avis company just sent a press release over here stating that the road from Régua tu Pinhão, a few miles along the Douro river, is the best in the world. Well, that’s an overstatement actually, but that road really is nice to drive!

Vintage Son
Vintage Son

Not mine, but once the 71 GTX gets back together it’ll get driven…somewhere. :p

Marc
Marc

In “les bauges” department of savoie in france and around the lake of “du bourget”
more pictures:
[url=”http://www.pass-hunters.co.uk/2014/05/1ere-balade-de-lannee-en-savoie.html”]Trip in Savoie[/url]
beautiful sceneries and road of great historic rally (monte carlo)

Craig Forrest
Craig Forrest

Blue Ridge Parkway.

BrunoC
BrunoC

In the first weekend of May I will drive my 98 MX-5 NB (99 Miata in USA) through the Douro Valley where the Port wine is made. The plan is to visit some vineyards, taste some red wine and soak up the sun with the top down. Then head to Salamanca, one of the historic Spanish towns. The MX-5 is my daily driver but this is the first interesting drive of 2015, in all 3 days and 1.300km.

Doug Churchill
Doug Churchill

Still pretty good touring at Bow Summit on the B/J Pkwy Evan. Drove my BMW 73CS across the taxi runway at the YBW airport from one hanger to another. That’s it for the next 8 weeks.

Evan Bedford
Evan Bedford

My 91 Miata is an all-season daily driver. But I hope to get out to the Banff/Jasper Parkway before too long.

Todd Fiebig
Todd Fiebig

I just pulled my 71 GTV out of hibernation and she started right up and did over 200 miles to get home. It was mostly a freeway run but the long smooth ride really emphasizes the “GT” in GTV.

Benjamin Shahrabani
Benjamin Shahrabani

Hopefully my car doesn’t have hibernation sickness like Hans Solo in Return of the Jedi when he is rescued from Jabba the Hutt, but planning on doing a run tomorrow on PCH/Malibu/Mulholland!:D