Monday, 31 October 2016

2016 CCCA CARavan New England Tour

Over a year ago, I was asked by Jeff DeMarey, organizer for the 2016 Classic Car Club of America’s CARavan New England Tour, to be their guest artist for the tour, held through mid-September of this year.

I had met Jeff at a few events in the US and Jeff was aware of my art and had seen me sketching live. Of course, I was hugely honoured to be have been asked so I accepted.

The annual CARavan tour takes place in a different area of North America each year, and for this year, the New England Region was hosting.

We gathered at the stunning Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire, and with a record number of 109 spectacular pre-war and early post-war luxury cars assembled, it looked somewhat like a “Great Gatsby” movie set … very surreal!

The list of makes attending the event was impressive ...
Lincoln, Chrysler, Duesenberg, Buick, Cadillac, Auburn, Pierce-Arrow, Cord, Packard, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, with even a Bugatti and an AC!

I met some really wonderful people from all over North America, and it’s very clear that everyone was enjoying the tour.

Me in a stunning 1937 Cord 812 Beverly “Coffin nose”. 

We motored around the region for a few days, and then the tour moved to Maine, where the tour included a visit to the Seal Cove Auto Museum, the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum, and a lovely lunch at the coastal summer residence of Bill Ruger.

I was commissioned to do 5 sketches, but with the cars constantly touring about, I only got a sketch and a half done live on-the-spot, finishing the rest on my return to Halifax.

It was really exciting to be part of such a well-run, world-class event. I look forward to many more like it!