What is a CARavan?
A CARavan is a Classic Car driving experience
Start your engines for
at least a week of Classic Car
Drive Classic Cars along scenic roads…
Visit private collections…
Visit historic sites…
See the impact of geography
on local environment & development…
Get plenty of good food
See period clothing & memorabilia…
Sometimes it’s bicycles…
Sometimes it’s classic boats…
Stay at historic inns…
But it’s all about sharing the joy
of driving our Classic cars!
Join a CARavan for a classic road trip.
‘CARavan’ is the CCCA term for a club-sponsored driving tour. While many members drive their Classics to our monthly activities, a CARavan is a more serious driving opportunity. CARavans are usually of one week duration, cover distances of 500 miles or more and are planned under the auspices of National CCCA.
Only Full Classic® cars may be driven on a CARavan and the registered driver must be a member of CCCA though non-member family and guests are welcome as passengers. Full Classic® cars driven on a CARavan may, in some circumstances, be modified for safety and consideration of elderly or handicapped operator needs.
The CCCA usually holds two or more CARavans each year, which are hosted by various Regions so they take place around the USA and Canada. There are also international CARavans in Europe & other parts of the world and once every five years there is a multiple week CARavan.
One of the great pleasures of being around Full Classic® cars – whether you own one or not – is the opportunity to drive or ride in them. We enjoy and encourage driving our cars (in fact, many find the cars can be maintained in better condition if they are driven regularly).
The Michigan Region has hosted several CARavans – the most recent was in September 2014 – driving more than 1,100 miles up and down the Lake Michigan shoreline. More than 60 cars and 120 people from around the USA and Canada participated in our 9-day trip over scenic roads, visiting historic sites, many private collections, wineries, Sleeping Bear National Park, lighthouses, etc.
The following link will take you to a website storing slides taken by our club Photographer, Don Woods III. In the upper righthand corner is a ‘triangle’ – ‘mousing’ over it will say ‘Slideshow’ – click on this icon and the show will start and proceed as long as you wish to view the slides. When finished simply close the window. This particular day started with a drive around the sand dunes in Sleeping Bear National Park, moved on to Leland for lunch, then a stop at Mike & Katherine Mays Stanley Steamer & vintage clothing collection, around the Leelanau peninsula, to Traverse City for a banquet and night’s stay at the Grand Traverse Resort.
Michigan/Ontario Region Mini-CARavans
– Mini-CARavans –
Ontario Mini-CARavan – June 2015
The Michigan Region also plans an occasional Mini-CARavan – usually a two day overnight trip within our region or the upper midwest; sometimes in coordination with other adjacent Regions.
One of the most recent was our Ontario Mini CARavan with 30 participants in 20 cars. We started at the Ontario Transportation Museum near Windsor, Ontario; went on to RM Restorations in Blenheim, and then to Steve Plunkett’s Fleetwood Salon in London. After a fine dinner & overnight in London we drove to Chatham to see Mike Fairbairn’s private collection and lunch, then drove to Sombra for ice cream while waiting for a ferry boat ride back to the USA. Our final stop was the River Crab restaurant for dinner in St. Clair, MI.
Click on the following video for a slideshow of the highlights of this tour:
CARavan Events Calendar