Muscle cars came as far away as Georgia, Texas and Canada to participate in the 2008 Muscle Car 1000 rally October 5th – 9th in Northern California. The 4th annual rally included 30 teams that took part in the five-day, all-inclusive 1,000 mile adventure.
The event was limited to classic muscle cars, defined as those owning a 1964-1973 American Muscle Car (GTO, Roadrunner, Barracuda, etc.), 1955-1973 Corvette or 1962-1967 Cobra.
Muscle Car 1000 began October 5th with a red-carpet Concours d’Elegance display at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, followed by a dinner cruise. The next day, the caravan traveled to Yosemite Valley to enjoy a winemaker’s dinner at the historic Ahwanee Lodge Hotel.
On day three, drivers took the back roads to Lake Tahoe, where they had a food-and-wine pairing dinner by the waterfalls before spending the night at Squaw Valley Resort. On October 8, the group traveled to Sacramento for lunch at the state capitol before heading to Napa Valley for a reception and winemaker’s dinner at Stag’s Leap Winery.
The trip ended the following day as entrants drove to Infineon Raceway in Sears Point for drag racing and lunch. Closing ceremonies that evening included a private reception, dinner and awards gala at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay.
Chris Hoskins, founder of both Muscle Car 1000 and Hunger Relief Organization (HeRO), a charity dedicated to ending world hunger, used proceeds from last year’s rally to open seven feeding centers and one infant malnutrition center in Honduras. He said this year’s $30,000 contribution will help fund the centers, each of which requires up to $15,000 to open and $9,000 annually to operate. “Muscle Car 1000 is making a real difference in one of the world’s poorest countries,” said Hoskins.
For more information, visit www.MuscleCar1000.com.
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[Source: Muscle Car 1000; Photo Credit Seth Wood Photo]