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The Drive Home III: Homecoming

Photo by Derek Klein. Other photos by author, unless otherwise noted.

By William Hall, The Drive Home veteran

The Drive Home III -the little classic-car caravan that could – reached Detroit on Friday after more than 2,484 miles through unseasonably cold weather in the south. Beginning in Boca Raton, Florida, the annual mid-winter tour zig-zagged across the southeast before driving into the Cobo Center for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

The trip was not without incident, or accident. Although a number of the mechanical maladies were typical of cars pulled from collection display and driven – with failures from voltage regulators, heater cores and batteries – by-and-large the cars all worked well, even outperforming some of the modern support vehicles on the tour.

Ironically, the only accident damage to the cars occurred on the way to the final drive down Detroit’s iconic Woodward Avenue. While parked at the crew hotel, the LeMay – America’s Car Museum 1972 Chevrolet El Camino was sideswiped by a hotel shuttle bus which left a deep gouge in the driver’s front fender, peeling off the wheelwell molding and breaking the marker light lens and bezel. It’s been the only incident in the three years of the event.

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