2018 Rush To ‘Gold Bridge’ (probably not going to Gold Bridge…)
Entry and Event Information
August 24th to 26th, 2018
Please be sure to read the full Supplementary Regulations, this is not a Spring-Thaw style event!
Changes from Previous Years
- Dinner Friday night, included with entry
- Dinner Saturday night, included with entry
- Sunday Finish, light lunch included with entry
- Fire Extinguisher is now required equipment
- Increased number of entry spaces
- Start Location – Hope BC
- Finish Location – TBD
What is the “Rush to ‘Gold Bridge’”?
The Rush to ‘Gold Bridge’ (R2GB) 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”. The actual destination is subject to change on a yearly basis, but the name remains the same! The event features a mixed Tarmac and Gravel route, with additional instructions for those who’d prefer a 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 a similar time. The 2018 route does make it a little more challenging for mid-day meet-ups between the two routes, but we’ve got lots of opportunity to share stories at the end of the day together.
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”.
The route for the 2018 R2GB will remain secret until entrants receive their “route-book” at registration. Instructions for this year’s event will be a combination of Google Maps instructions, photocopies of older CCA event route books, relevant map sections, and GPS destination points (where available). Entrants are expected to arrive with good humour, a willingness to explore and a sense of humour when a road is found to not exist, or a locked gate is encountered. You will not need any special rally equipment or rally knowledge. The event consists of paved and gravel roads through mountainous terrain, with driving scheduled through daylight hours.
A sense of humour, and adventure, is expected of all our entrants.
The R2GB 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 2018 Rush to Gold Bridge includes your event decal package, a “route book package” as noted above, name tags, hotel room for Friday and Saturday night, dinner for driver and co-driver on Friday and Saturday night, a Sunday finishing meal (as explained in the supp-regs), possibly event give-aways, and a planned-event weekend you’ll share with other classic car enthusiasts. The entry does NOT include the following: some meals, alcoholic beverages, or a sweep team. Breakfast and Lunch are “on your own dime”, with the exception of Sunday which includes either a light lunch or coffee-snack break as detailed in the supp-regs.
Event Schedule (subject to change)
Monday June 11th, 2018
• Supp. regs posted.
Monday June 11th, 2018
• Entry forms posted, entry opens.
• Twenty (28) accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Entry forms accepted via email, with payment required within 14 days to secure your spot.
Thursday August 23rd, 2018
• Early Registration open on Thursday Evening. Hours and location to be confirmed.
• Optional somewhat-organized pre-event drinks and dinner for guests who are staying in Hope BC.
Friday Aug 24th, 2018
9:45-10:15am Registration open for those who missed Thursday evening.
10:15am All-Participants Meeting & Event Introductions (Mandatory Attendance)
10:30am Depart Start
6:30pm Estimated hotel arrival, allowing for 1.5 hours in lunch, sightseeing & fuel stops during the day
7:30pm Group Meeting for pre-dinner drinks (& dinner)
Saturday Aug 25th, 2018
9:45am All-Participants Meeting (Mandatory Attendance)
10:00am Depart Start
5:30pm Estimated hotel arrival, allowing for 2 hours in lunch, sightseeing & fuel stops during the day
7:00pm Group Meeting for pre-dinner drinks (& dinner)
Sunday Aug 26th, 2018
8:45am All-Participants Meeting (Mandatory Attendance)
9:00am Depart Start
1:00pm Arrive at Finish location (Location TBD)
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.
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!
- Minimum 2.5lb 1A10BC rated Fire-Extinguisher. Fire extinguisher must be secured for quick access in luggage area, or by utilizing a quick-release metal bracket if mounted in the passenger area of the vehicle.
- 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) Items marked with an * may become mandatory equipment before entries open.
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’, is presented without a sweep crew. Together as a group we’ll be working to ensure all our entrants make the finish of each day. We’re more then happy to include a sweep crew, and request interested parties contact us for details.
Due to the remote nature of our travels on the Rush to Gold Bridge, accommodations may be considered more “rustic” than our other event offerings. Accommodations typically range from ‘small-town’ motels, cabins, B&B’s and/or boutique hotels. In all cases we’ve checked reviews, visited the hotels ourselves, and/or ensured that they are passable. You can expect that the rooms are clean, simple, and are likely to be ‘dated’ in both fixtures and decor. Each car will be registered in their own room, with their own bathroom, unless otherwise stated in the supp-regs document.
Simply download the event entry form, fill it out using your favourite PDF program (or a pen) and e-mail it to us using your favourite email program. This emailed form will hold a space for you on the 2018 Rush to Gold Bridge. You will then need to mail your entry form, along with payment, to the CCA office. Payment needs to arrive within two weeks of your email-registration, to confirm your spot.
Would you like to save the stamp, or more likely the hassle of heading to the post office? We’re accepting interac e-transfers for your 2018 Rush to Gold Bridge Entry. Simply email the amount to firstname.lastname@example.org
Base Entry Fee: $ 595.00 CAD
GST (tax): $ 29.75 CAD GST# 82583 6240 RT0001
Total Entry Fee: $ 624.75 CAD
Due to the small and remote communities in which we’re traveling, the organizers do find it necessary to limit the total entries to 28 cars.
Forest Fire Policy
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.