Last week my blog stressed the need for all of us on tours to drive responsibly.
Thoughtless drivers can not only leave a lasting poor impression of sports cars with the communities they pass through, but they can also end up creating accidents with potentially fatal consequences.
Here are a few of the responses I received:
I wish this article could have a broader reach than just the SCM crowd here. Every automotive club, event organizer, sponsor and participant should read it and heed it. I haven’t participated in an event since before the pandemic but look forward to getting out there again. I for one would love to participate in an “automotive Chautauqua,” as opposed to a “let’s go to someone else’s town and raise hell” extravaganza.
My favorite quote of this article, “If car owners wish to explore their car’s performance envelope, they belong on a race track, not on a public road.” This applies everywhere, always. I have done more than my share of spirited driving on public roads and sometimes as part of an organized group. I know my car’s and my own limits through autocross and track time and public highways or streets are not the place for such experimentation. To do so is simply irresponsible.
I could go on and on…
Thank you, Keith. — John Gillespie
John, I believe there is a growing differentiation between the types of experiences long-distance tours offer. On the one side there is the “go like hell” group. On the other is the immersive cultural experience, where an appreciation of the vintage machines and conversations with other collectors take precedent. It’s your choice to make. — KM
While there may be some comfort in pre-1975 vehicles being slower, they’re also infinitely less safe than modern cars, meaning smaller wrecks have bigger consequences.
It’s simple. If you want to be allowed back to the state/county/city/event, behave yourself. If you want to be invited back, don’t just behave, be nice! — Jim Kermode
It’s easy to get caught up when a few others start to drive irresponsibly. In retrospect I realize I did when I was driving a Ferrari Testarossa in Monterey and made a foolish pass on a public road on a tour that led to Laguna Seca. Your fun can’t endanger the safety of others. — Don Bell
Don, I have had the same experience. I was enjoying a McLaren 720S at triple the posted speed limits when I simply pulled over and stopped. I vowed I would never go that fast on a public highway again. I was putting myself, my passenger and innocent people in other cars into profound danger. Since then, I have confined my hyper-speeds to the racetrack. — KM
Excellent article, Keith. It should be distributed to and signed by every participant of a classic (or less classic) “rally.” Unfortunately, some irresponsible drivers are a real threat to our hobby. — Leo Van Hoorick
Leo, we can’t control the actions of others. All we can do is raise the awareness of the consequences of our actions on the lives of others and hope that we learn and modify. — KM
I could not agree more. The arrogant and insensitive actions of the two who offed themselves here or the even worse incident in the Gumball 3000 “rally” some years ago are the enemy of responsible car enthusiasts everywhere. Their irresponsibility and lack of consideration will only lead to legal, insurance, legislative, and public perception complications that are detrimental to the rest of us. — Mark Johnston
Mark, getting to drive a vintage car on a blue highway should be regarded as a privilege, not a right. Let’s treat these times like the special events they are so that we can continue to enjoy them. — KM
Thank you everyone for your thoughtful comments.