It was the classic boats, including the restored presidential yacht Honey Fitz that attracted us to the 2012 Ocean Reef Club Vintage Weekend. The yachts, including Posh, a 1937 Hacker design built at Huskins (winner of the Spirit of Tradition award) and the former Presidential yacht herself (winner of the Spectator’s Choice award), were a great sight. But Classic Weekend is also about planes and cars and they contribute their fair share to this exciting event, which takes visitors back in time. This year, car collector Chuck Schwager shared his experience navigating a 1949 Cadillac 62 Sedan from Beijing to Paris in 2010. The audience chuckled and gasped as he showed images of the trip that took him and other contestants through uncharted territories and over roads little more than dusty trails and even across Asia’s largest stretch of nothingness—the Gobi Desert. He accomplished what many who took part in the 2010 adventure did not—he and his teammate crossed the finish line in Paris. If the challenge of taking the longest and toughest road rally in a vintage car appeals to you, then you are in luck. On 28 May 2013, the flag will fall at the start of the next “Peking to Paris Motor Challenge,” a 9,317-mile race first ran in 1907 from Peking to Paris, hence the name. The 2013 route, which expects to take 33 days, starts in China and winds its way through Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia and several European countries before the grand finale in Paris. For more information on this rally, visit: http://www.endurorally.com/pages/5th-peking-to-paris-rally-2013
To view pictures from the 2012 Vintage Weekend click here or click here to view the 2012 winners.