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.