You may wonder where the motorcoach got its name; its roots go way back to horse-drawn carriages, which were often referred to as stagecoaches. The charter industry as it exists today owes a debt to pioneers of the “horseless carriage” at the turn of the early 1900s. There’s no denying the importance of Detroit and how it shaped America in the 20th century, so gather up a group of car aficionados as we explore the newest model vehicles off the assembly line in America and appreciate restored classics only miles across the border.
Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors continue to operate in Detroit, annually revealing the newest and most cutting-edge automotive designs at the North American International Auto Show in January. Later in the year, in mid-August, more than 30,000 classic and unique cars put the key in the ignition for the Woodward Dream Cruise. If you’re in the market for a car show, this is the one to visit. There is no larger automotive event across the globe. Over 1.7 million car enthusiasts travel to Detroit to witness the show.
In addition to these celebrated events, there are many incredible museums and tours for tourists that illustrate the monumental history of the automobile and its effect on American life. Travelers should not miss the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Inside of an 8-acre exhibit hall, visitors can find a wildly diverse car collection, including a full-size steam locomotive. Tourists can also partake in a tour of the Ford Rouge Factory, considered ‘the first wonder of the industrialized world,’ to witness assembly line production of vehicles from metal to finished automobile.
Tell your group to grab their passport, because another destination for classic cars lies just across the border in Ontario, Canada. The city of Chatham attracts hundreds of valuable collector cars each year during the Kent Historic Auto Club Annual Car Show. Considered the “Classic Car Capital of Canada,” Chatham is a perfect venue for groups looking for automobile nostalgia outside of the Motor City of Detroit. The car show, which is limited to classic cars 1989 and older, takes place in Chatham’s historic downtown. The Chatham-Kent area includes many opportunities for charter and tour groups to enjoy activities off the beaten path.
In addition, those with a need for speed should attend the South Buxton Raceway for a fun afternoon at the track. Make a day of the area and spend the night at the nearby Howard Johnson Ridgetown for friendly group service and attentive customer care.
Rev those engines, hang the fuzzy dice from the mirror, and get started on planning your group travel itinerary using the charter bus directory on BusRates.com!