46 The ALLURE of Rallies & Tours T he HCCA has defined the Horseless Carriage as any pioneer gas, steam or electric motor vehicle built or manu- factured prior to January 1, 1916. Since its founding in 1937, the goal of the Horse- less Carriage Club has been to preserve originality or restore these automobiles to their original condition, use them for their original purpose of driving and completing Tours and promote the preservation of their historicalvalue.Childrenandadultsarefas- cinated even today, as they were in the early days, at the uniqueness, charm and charac- ter exemplified by these historic vehicles. Many collector car clubs throughout the U.S and the rest of the world recognize specialty marques or a broad spectrum of makes and years of manufacture. Very few remaining collectible automobiles represent the dawning of the ageoftheautomobileindustry.Thisuniqueperiodofautomotive history starts with the very beginning of road vehicles in the late nineteenth century and continues to the end of carriage coach- work, gas lights, hand cranking and the abundant use of brass. For the most part, only the wealthy owned automobiles during thispre-1916era,andownershiprequiredapioneeringspirit,in- ventiveness and superior mechanical ability to keep these early automobiles functioning. These early automobiles were called horseless carriages as they were capable of transporting people and freight faster and longer distance without the need of a horse to pull them. Membershipinthisorganizationisopentoanyoneinterested in this unique era and does not require the member to own a pre- 1916automobile.HCCARegionalGroupsandHCCARegistersof specific types or makes are located throughout the world. Many of the HCCA Regional Groups also welcome post-1915 vintage automobiles on their tours. In addition to regional groups, the HCCA also has many registers that are non-geographic groups. Many feature one specific brand or type of automobile. The HCCA hosts many touring events throughout the year, across the U.S. and around the world. These events are primar- ily centered around touring and vary from one-day to two-week events. The Annual Convention is held in the first quarter of the year, and includes the annual business meeting. There are nu- merous “National Tours” each year. The locations vary, depen- dent on the hosting regional group or register. The HCCA produces a bimonthly magazine, Horseless Car- riage Gazette. This full-color publication features technical ar- ticles, Tour reports, historical topics, club updates, classified ads and more. As I researched touring and all the components that accom- pany this activity, I must credit the HCCA and their website with extremely valuable information on touring, preparing for a Tour and instruction on how to create a Tour. These elements will be- come invaluable for your club or organization. Many of these el- ements can be found in the Resource Guide section of this publi- cation. They have become a valuable resource in completing the resource section of this book and we’re extremely appreciative of all their efforts and support. C l u b A f f i l i at e T o u r s HCCA – Horseless Carriage Club of America To join the HCCA visit their website www.HCCA.org HCCA_Intro.indd 46 12/26/17 11:54 PM