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For some classic car enthusiasts, the pinnacle of the automotive hobby is taking their polished, rolling gem to the nearest judged show for all to see and admire. While most enjoy this more passive side of the sport, there are some owners that simply want to find the nearest open stretch of highway asphalt and cruise the back roads, using their vintage machine in the manner it was intended for. This simple carefree joy of having a full tank and hearing nothing but the engine rumbling behind you has motivated groups of car enthusiasts for generations to engage in the pastime known merely as ‘cruising’.
One such group is the Illinois Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. They use the 1896 ‘Run to Brighton, England’ as inspiration for their 51-year running annual cruise from the northwest suburbs of Chicago to Brighton, Wisconsin.
The pastime of cruising the backroads in a classic or antique vehicle is as old as the automobile itself. Its roots can be traced back to 1896 to England when a group of car lovers cruised to the seaside resort of Brighton. After years of oppressive laws imposed by the massive railroad industry, these celebrating enthusiasts took their first step in motoring freedom with the passing of a new law, helping to reduce that outside interference.
While its been over 100 years since, Dick Murray, of the Antique Automobile Club of America explains how the Illinois Region is still keeping that same motoring spirit alive with their annual cruise to Brighton, Wisconsin.