The Drive Forward
The road may have been bumpy, but our wheels haven’t stopped turning… we’ve shifted gears, and we’re driving forward. We are committed to The Drive Home “Driving Forward” , so we pivoted in 2020 to The Drive Forward, a series of day drives across the country to support America’s Automotive Trust’s movement to keep car culture alive during this unprecedented time. Now more than ever, driving is about pleasure not a commute. Simply going for a pleasurable drive provides a sense of freedom. We believe The Drive Forward can be a beacon of hope, provide a sense of calm and normalcy in what has otherwise been a very uncertain time and offer enthusiasts an opportunity for enjoyment.
The Drive Forward is part of the Rally Across America national effort to raise $1Million dollars for local charities across North America. The goal of The Drive Forward is to encourage driving of collectible vehicles nationwide, giving enthusiasts the opportunity to participate while promoting the mission of America’s Automotive Trust and its member entities: LeMay – America’s Car Museum, the RPM Foundation, America on Wheels, Club Auto and the Concours Club.
Rallies will be held in communities across the country through September 2021 when The Drive Forward leaves from Hagerty Garage + Social in Chicago to kick-off Motor Bella at M1 Concourse in Michigan. AAT partners and volunteer rally ambassadors are invited to join the movement and organize day-drives for groups of 25 cars in their communities as part of The Drive Forward. America’s Automotive Trust’s partner Rallista, a phone app for navigation and participant registration, will make planning each drive effortless. A $100 tax-deductible donation for each participant will support America’s Automotive Trust and its member entities.
Please note that all stops listed on the itinerary do not include public events. Links will be added for all public events.
- September 16 | The Drive Forward Cruise-In | Hagerty Garage + Social Chicago
- September 17 | Rally from Chicago to Hickory Corners* | The Drive Forward Cruise-In at Gilmore Car Museum
- September 18 | Rally from Gilmore Car Museum to Auburn Hills, MI
- September 20 | APEX An Insiders Line: The Future of Driving | Birmingham, MI
- September 21 | Collector Vehicle Caravan from Global Collision Center to M1 Concourse to kick-off Motor Bella
VEHICLES & PARTICIPATING PARTNERS
- 1963 Buick Riviera | America On Wheels & The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage
- 1965 Ford Mustang | LeMay – America’s Car Museum
- 1967 Pontiac GTO | Club Auto Powered by Hagerty
- 1967 Pontiac GTO | Gilmore Car Museum
- 1973 Camaro RS/LT | RPM Foundation
- 1986 Corvette Convertible | Concours Club
- 2019 Saleen 302 | America’s Automotive Trust
JOIN THE MOVEMENT…COME DRIVE WITH US
Interested in driving with The Drive Forward crew for a leg of the journey? Car clubs and enthusiasts are invited to join in their own vintage vehicles using the *Rallista app.
WHAT IS RALLISTA? Rallista is an app that lets you find, create, and turn-by-turn navigate your favorite routes; share them with friends; and drive in events and rallies.
HOW DO I DOWNLOAD THE RALLISTA APP IF I DON’T ALREADY HAVE IT ON MY SMARTPHONE? The Rallista iOS and Android apps can be downloaded on each platform’s built-in app store.
HOW DO I OPEN THE RALLISTA APP? Once the app is downloaded to your phone. Look for Rallista’s orange and white car icon on your device’s Home screen.
HOW DO I JOIN THE “DRIVE FORWARD” EVENT IN THE RALLISTA APP? Click the link below for a tutorial for participants to join an event. https://rallista.app/support/participating-in-events
HOW DO I START NAVIGATION IN THE RALLISTA APP? You will receive the link below to request to join the event. Note, you will not be able to see or drive the event until 30 minutes prior to the start time. https://rallista.app/event/IkTcK8JUzkQEq7orD7r7
MAP & NAVIGATION: The map view is used for viewing routes as well as to start turn-by-turn navigation. Turn-by-turn navigation can be started whenever the map is displaying a route.
Want to host a rally to support The Drive Forward? Email [email protected] for more details.
THE DRIVE HOME SERIES RECAP
THE DRIVE FORWARD
- Click here to watch The Drive Home IV film
- Read Hemmings Daily posts from The Drive Home IV
- Click here to see photos of The Drive Home IV
- Click here to watch The Drive Home III film
- Read blog posts from The Drive Home III
- Click here to see photos of The Drive Home III
THE DRIVE HOME II
- Click here to watch The Drive Home II film
- Read blog posts from The Drive Home II
- Click here to see photos from The Drive Home II
THE DRIVE HOME I
- Click here to watch videos from The Drive Home I
- Read blog posts from The Drive Home I
- Click here to see photos from The Drive Home I