2015 Rush To Gold Bridge
Entry and Event Information
August 28th-30th 2015
New for 2015
2015 brings some significant changes to the Rush to Gold Bridge event and format. Our big change for the Rush to Gold Bridge will be a move from “fully-organized, all-inclusive” style of previous years, to more of a low-cost “road-trip-adventure” type of affair. We had great success with road exploration weekends this past year, and thought why not offer that to all our classic car friends. Please be sure to read the full Supplementary Regulations in their entirety before entering…this is not a Spring-Thaw style event!
What is the “Rush to ‘Gold Bridge’”?
The Rush to ‘Gold Bridge’ is our end of August, 3 day driving event, organized by Classic Car Adventures. Originally conceived as “Dave’s Birthday Touring Adventure”, our first year took us to Gold Bridge…and thus the event was called “The Rush to Gold Bridge”…actual destination subject to change! For 2015 we’re offering this event with two route-book options – A mixed Tarmac and Gravel route, or the 100% tarmac adventure. Each entrant will receive both route options, along with maps to show when and where each route will cross similar points. We’ve made every effort to adjust the routes and timings so that all participants can meet up for breaks mid-day, and arrive at the hotels at the same time.
Imagine, if you will, a group of Classic Car Enthusiasts who literally just love to drive and hang out together. Some of us are going to try some gravel roads. The other members of our group, the tarmac set, is made up of folks who love to get out and drive, but really aren’t sure about subjecting their cars to some gravel. That, in a nutshell, is the “Rush to Gold Bridge”. We’ve designed the route so those of you looking for a two day adventure can be home in Vancouver before 10pm on Saturday, while those of us looking for a Three-Day adventure can be home in Vancouver before 8pm on the Sunday.
The route book, for the gravel set, will have relatively detailed instructions until we hit the beginning of each gravel road. Part of the adventure is that we’re all exploring this for the first time together! Detailed maps will be carried, along with GPS, and we’ve scoured all our sources to ensure the roads are classic-car appropriate. We should note, however, that you’re very likely to encounter dust, washboard and mildly ‘rough’ sections. The key is to simply slow down and drive to the conditions of the road. For the tarmac portion of the route book, we’re snipping and combining sections from the last seven years of CCA adventures. There are some new, never-before-tried roads, in which case you’ll get the best instructions we can offer. A sense of humour, and adventure, is expected of all our entrants. This is, after-all, a $100 adventure…not our usual $600 fully-catered experience!
The Hagerty Fall Classic Adventure is open to sport, touring and classic cars from 1989 and earlier. Sorry, no motorcycles on this event. We have been known to accept a truck or two, and even a couple of ‘retro cars’ made after 1989. If you think you’ve got a unique vehicle that should qualify, simply send us an entry form or contact us, we’ll see if we think it fits with the group. Vehicles, purchased from Craigslist specifically for this event, are accepted regardless of year…but only if you show us the ad listing an asking price of $500 or less!
What is Included / Not Included?
The entry fee for the Rush to Gold Bridge includes your event decal package, a ‘mostly-detailed’ route book, name tags, and a planned-event weekend you’ll share with other classic car enthusiasts. The entry does NOT include the following: Hotel bookings, meals, sweep or branded give-aways. The organizers will have planned spots for the group to eat, and have accommodations “on-hold” for you to book. Due to high-season and summer dates, we have accommodations on hold until July 21st. Wherever possible the group hold is at the same location for the whole group. You may, however, choose to stay a B&B or other location nearby. Each entrant will receive an email outlining the accommodation options, once your entry is received.
Wednesday July 15th, 2015
- Supp. regs posted, entry forms posted, entry opens.
- Entries accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Entries may reserve a space on the entry list with an emailed entry form. Payment, via cheque or money order, must be received within 2wks to confirm your entry.
Thursday August 27th, 2015
- “Unofficial” pre-event drinks and dinner for guests who are staying in Merritt BC.
Friday August 28th, 2015
- 9:30-10:00 am Registration and Tech Open (Location TBD – Merritt, BC)\
- 10:00am All-Participants Meeting & Event Introductions (Mandatory Attendance)
- 6:45pm Estimated hotel arrival, with 1hr lunch/fuel stop during the day
- 7:30pm Group Meeting for dinner
Saturday August 29th, 2015
- 8:45am All-Participants Meeting (Mandatory Attendance)
- 6:15pm Estimated hotel arrival, with 1hr lunch/fuel stop during the day
- 7:15pm Group Meeting for hosted dinner
Sunday August 30th, 2015
- 8:45am All-Participants Meeting (Mandatory Attendance)
- 9:00am Depart Start
- 3:00pm Arrive at Finish location (Pemberton)
- 4:00pm Departure
All vehicles attending the Rush to ‘Gold Bridge’ are expected to meet legal roadworthiness standards at an absolute minimum. Generally guests should ensure their vehicles are ready for a long weekend of driving through mountains and winding roads, keeping in mind that short jaunts around town may not fully prepare your vehicle for long hours of mountain highways. Please read the new CCA Vehicle Preparation Document for full details on the prep we require. The basics, however, are below.
1) A Vehicle Inspection Form will need to be completed for your entry vehicle.
- The form can be filled out by home mechanics, competent enthusiasts or the professional of your choosing.
- At minimum the car will need to be on four axle stands with the wheels off to complete the inspection.
- Vehicles which “fail” the inspection form, for any reason, are not barred from entry…it simply means you need to discuss with the CCA team the items of failure so we’re comfortable your car is likely to ‘make it’.
- The inspection form can be found here: CCA Vehicle Inspection Form
2) At registration the organizing team will check your vehicle for the following mandatory items:
- Minimum one (1) roadside warning triangle. Triangle must have reflective sides 30cm or larger per side. LED light-up triangles (without reflectors) are no longer acceptable.
- Minimum one (1) tow-rope or tow strap. Wise entrants will come to the event knowing where the strap can be attached to their vehicle (front and rear) should they need to use it!
- Proof of current insurance and driver’s licenses.
- Vehicle inspection form (if not previously submitted).
- Snacks and Water for the crew
- Water for the radiator (should you not be privileged to enjoy the wonders of Ferdinand’s design)
3) Highly recommended are the following items:
- Emergency electric fuel pump, spare fuel lines and wiring*
- Points, condenser & timing information sheet*
- Ignition coil*
- Spare nuts & bolts fitting your vehicle*
- Tool Kit
- Fire Extinguisher
- Spare Tire
- Simple Spares (points, fluids, etc)
Sweep and Vehicle Assistance
Our events are modelled after a time where motorists were somewhat self sufficient, and knew a little bit more about their vehicles than just “it has bluetooth and a coffee maker!” As such, driver’s and co-drivers are expected to be the warning lights, eyes and ears for problems with their vehicle. It is advisable that you know in which end of the vehicle the engine can be found, and how to check basic items such as fluid levels and what to do if it won’t start in the morning. Entrants should be prepared to handle minor problems on the roadside, or at least be friendly enough to convince others to render assistance when needed!
The Rush to ‘Gold Bridge’, at the time of registration, is running without a sweep crew. Together as a group we’ll be working to ensure all our entrants make the finish of each day. The organizers are actively looking for sweep volunteers, and should the sweep situation change we’ll be sure to update all our entrants once we’ve got a team in place.
Accommodation for the Rush to ‘Gold Bridge’ is going to be of the book your own selection. Based on previous year’s numbers, we currently have a motel rooms held for both nights of the event. Booking details will be provided to entrants, and we’ll do our best to ensure everyone is staying at the same location (or as close as possible!)
At this time, we’ve made arrangements for places to eat, but won’t be including meals with your entry fee. The Rush to Gold Bridge typically runs with a much smaller registration number than our usual events, so it’s difficult to plan a group menu. We’ve got some great options, however, and will ensure dining spots are aware of any allergies or dietary issues noted on your entry form.
Simply download the event entry form, fill it out using your favourite PDF program, and e-mail it to the CCA office using the link provided in the application form. Once received, your electronic entry form will hold a space for you on the Rush to Gold Bridge Entry page. To confirm your entry, you’ll need to mail a cheque or money order for the total amount to our Post Office Box. Canadian entries are welcome to use our Canadian CCA address. Entries will be considered on a “first come, first served” basis, and will require payment within 2 weeks to confirm your entry.
Base Entry Fee: $ 95.00 CDN
G.S.T. (Tax): $ 4.75 CDN
Total Entry Fee: $ 99.75 CDN ($ 85.00 USD)
Due to the small and remote communities in which we’re traveling, the organizers do find it necessary to limit the total entries to 25 cars. While we’ve planned accommodations for our anticipated entry numbers (based on previous years, and enquires for this event), we anticipate that the group could end up staying at multiple properties due to the limited sizes of options available. Accommodation options for each night range from ‘small-town’ motels, cabins, B&B’s and/or boutique hotels.
Forest Fire Policy
This summer in British Columbia we’re experiencing one of the worst forest fire seasons on record. Very little winter precipitation, combined with a dry spring and summer have resulted in a large number of fires across the province. In the weeks leading up to the event, if there are any concerns about forest fires in the area of the route (or back-country travel), the organizers will be in full communication with the entrants. Our primary goal is to ensure the event continues and we all meet for a weekend of driving. If backcountry travel is not allowed (or recommended) we’ll consider a tarmac-only event. If forest fires put our route, or guests at risk, we’ll consider changing our route to a safer location. Entrants will hopefully understand our desire to keep both you and our forests out of harms way!
Please ensure you’ve read the supplementary regulations for the cancellation policy.