RadioBDC Logo
Not Even Jail | Interpol Listen Live
 
 
< Back to front page Text size +

The ultimate Sunday drive

Posted by Patricia Harris  July 13, 2012 06:50 PM

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

TourDelegance.jpg


LEXINGTON, Ky. — What else could it be called but the Tour d'Elegance? Once a year, vintage Rolls Royces, Jaguars, Alfa Romeos, and even Corvettes and MGs parade serenely through the roads of Bluegrass country. It's one of the most popular events in the Concours d'Elegance, a four-day celebration of our love affair with beautiful automobiles. The ninth annual event takes place on July 19-22.

Last year, event co-chairs Tom and Connie Jones led the 90-mile drive in their 1936 Rolls Royce 20/25. “As a young man I loved muscle cars,” Tom said. “But then I started noticing the lines on Italian cars, and then I discovered the classics. They are unique.” Tom likened becoming a classic car aficionado to becoming a wine connoisseur — leaving the “rot gut” behind as he became more knowledgeable and sophisticated. He has a similar passion for the landscape of central Kentucky. “We have some of the most wonderful roads here,” he said. Each year the tour follows a different route and there's little chance that organizers will run out of good options. “The only criteria are that we pass through horse country and that drivers discover something that is specifically Kentucky,” Tom said.

This year's route on Sunday, July 22, winds through the rolling hills of horse country, visits Elk Creek Vineyards, Kentucky's largest winery, and features lunch at Fasig-Tipton, the oldest thoroughbred auction company in North America. The tour, by the way, is not limited to classic cars, but welcomes those of us with Maserati tastes and Mazda budgets. For more information, see www.keenelandconcours.com.

Photo of Tom Jones with his Rolls Royce by Patricia Harris for the Boston Globe.

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

 
About globe-trotting Travel news, tips, deals and dispatches.
contributors
  • Anne Fitzgerald, Globe Travel Editor
  • Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor
  • Eric Wilbur, Boston.com staff
  • Kari Bodnarchuk writes about outdoor adventures, offbeat places, and New England.
  • Patricia Borns, a frequent contributor to Globe Travel, writes and photographs travel, maritime, and historical narratives as well as blogs and books.
  • Patricia Harris, a regular contributor to Globe Travel, is author or co-author of more than 20 books on travel, food, and popular culture.
  • Paul E. Kandarian, a frequent contributor to Globe Travel, writes and photographs New England and Caribbean stories.
  • Chris Klein is a regular contributor to Globe Travel. His latest book is "The Die-Hard Sports Fan's Guide to Boston."
  • David Lyon, a regular contributor to Globe Travel, is author or co-author of more than 20 books on travel, food, and popular culture.
  • Hilary Nangle, author of Moon Maine, Moon Coastal Maine, and Moon Acadia National Park, writes about soft adventure, skiing, cultural travel, and food.
  • Joe Ray, a frequent contributor to Globe Travel, writes and photographs food and travel stories from Europe.
  • Necee Regis is a regular contributor to Globe Travel.
archives