I stumbled upon the world of road rallies when I was much younger. The first event that really caught my attention was the Gumball 3000. At that time, I was all about those fantastically obnoxious modern exotics flying through whatever highways on whatever continent of the world. As I grew older and my taste in cars shifted to the more classic and less ostentatious, I became aware of the Copperstate 1000 Rally. The Copperstate 1000 isn’t a rally for your stereotypical playboy or heiress, it’s a rally for the driver.
The Copperstate is a bit like the Mille Miglia, but with less pressure. There are no rewards or advantages to getting anywhere before anyone else. Copperstate is about enjoying and appreciating the drive without the worry of any sort of timing.
The start of the rally, from Tempe Diablo Stadium's baseball field, is always exciting; getting to see, hear, and smell all the amazing vehicles pouring from the stadium is a treat for the senses. This year though, rather than just seeing the send off as in years before, I would be among the drivers taking part. I was generously loaned a stunning 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL by my friend Keith (who is no stranger to Petrolicious) for the journey, which fit right in with the rest of the cars. I really couldn't have asked for a better way to run my first Copperstate.