If you catch a glimpse of a vintage auto caravan rolling through the back roads of Tennessee this September, you’ll be lucky enough to have witnessed the Revival AAA Glidden Tour®. The tours are held annually by antique car hobbyists to celebrate automotive history.
The first such event, held in 1904, was conceived by AAA to demonstrate the automobile was a reliable form of transportation and to emphasize the need for more and better roads. The original tour featured three main starting points – New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore – with participants also setting out from Minneapolis; Kansas City, Mo.; and Birmingham, Ala. The destination was the World’s Fair in St. Louis in August.
This year’s tour will be held September 8-13 in and around Chattanooga, TN. Some 500 participants will drive nearly 250 beautifully maintained and restored antique cars, all built before 1943. Cars scheduled to be on this year’s tour include a 1910 Oakland 25, a 1929 REO Flying Cloud coupe convertible, and a 1935 Ford Delivery van.
Today, AAA works with the Vintage Motor Car Club of America (VMCCA) and Antique Auto Club of America (AACA) to sponsor the Revival AAA Glidden® Tour, which remains one of the most prestigious events of its kind. The AACA is this year’s host for the tour, which is being supported by AAA – The Auto Club Group and the AAA National Office. AAA representatives will be on hand to send live Tweets and Facebook posts from the roadside at this year’s tour.