The Maple Mille Is Like The Mille Miglia, But Slower And In Canada And Totally Different

The majority of southern Ontario classic car owners enjoy their cars in one of three ways: by parking it in a Wal-Mart parking lot at a weekly cruise night; by parking it on the grass in a park at a seasonal car show; or by parking it on a golf course’s 18th fairway at a concours (that is, a car show for rather expensive classics).

A vanishingly small ratio will also participate in club-based afternoon cruises; a little drag strip or race track action; or, when Jupiter aligns with Mars, some daily-driver commuting.

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But Dave Hord would like to introduce them to a new way to enjoy their cars: by driving them several hundred kilometres at a time on some of the province’s curviest and most picturesque rural roads.

Hord runs Classic Car Adventures in Squamish, B.C. with business partner Warwick Patterson, a company known on the West Coast for the affordable multi-day rally events it’s been hosting for the past seven years.

CCA just finished their first Ontario rally the weekend of September 25 through 27, the Hagerty insurance-sponsored 1,100-km Maple Mille (the name is derived from Mille Miglia, the famous Italian 1,000-mile sports car rally), and Autofocus went along for the ride.

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It wasn’t exactly the most exhilirating drive – the pace was somewhere around quickly-moving parade, whereas on the West Coast Dave says he usually has to tell drivers to slow down – but on the other hand that meant we had plenty of time to take in Ontario’s natural beauty.

For a gallery of the event with a play-by-play of our drive in my 1971 Plymouth Valiant Scamp, head on over to Autofocus.ca.

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