For some people, rejuvenation comes in the form of a golf weekend with friends. For others, it’s heading back to college campus for a football game. Still others seek out breweries looking for the perfect pint. Then there is that group of people, smaller in number but no less passionate, for whom the apex of experience is hopping behind the wheel of a vintage automobile and testing one’s car and capability against the rigors of the open road. I fall into the latter category, and I recently had the good fortune to participate in the Fuelfed Motorgearo 250, the Midwest’s premier classic European car enthusiast driving event.
Let me tap the brakes a moment, because there’s a lot packed into that sentence. Fuelfed, for starters, is a private classic car club based on the North Shore of Chicago. (There are now branches in several states — see below for more info.) Classic, as the club defines it, means cars of a vintage 1995 or earlier. The Motorgearo is an annual driving event unique to the club — it’s not a race nor a competitive rally (like a time-speed-distance or game event), but a multi-stage drive in which participants cover 250 miles a day through a curated path of winding backroads, sweeping curves, and undulating elevations. It’s not about speed or winning. It’s about being out on the open road with your friends in cars that would have long since disappeared back to the elements were it not for the care, passion, and talent of their owners.