1912 – 2012
British Euro Auto Tour 15th Anniversary
President William Howard Taft approved Arizona’s statehood on February 14, 1912. The location of Arizona’s Capitol had been moved several times. It was first established at Navajo Springs, then Prescott, then Tucson after an attempt to move it to La Paz failed, then back to Prescott, and finally to Phoenix. Arizona’s first day of statehood might have come six years earlier if voters had approved a proposal to admit New Mexico and Arizona to the Union as a single state, but Arizona voters rejected the plan. It might have come a day or two earlier if February 12th. had not been a holiday, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, and 13 not been considered unlucky. And that’s how February 14, 1912 was selected. But in 1912 automobile history, what is happening ? Cadillac adopts an electric self-starter. A total of 3,000 Chevrolets are built; the six-cylinder touring car sells for $2,150. Edward Gowen Budd invents the all-steel car body. And today, a hundred years later we are enjoying their automotive vision. Today we are on our own journey as we depart on the 15th B.E.A.T. drive traveling through some of Arizona’s most interesting cities and landscapes. Starting in Phoenix you’ll receive your goodie bags with some interesting items for the drive. The Overland Journal magazine will make for some exciting reading of global journeys. A brochure from VTO Performance will answer any and all your wheel questions. Be sure to meet Tammy DiFilippe representing VTO and Matthew Scott of Overland Journal. They are joining us on our tour and will be available to chat with you at our Happy Hour in Flagstaff. With driving instructions provided by Lance Johnson we’re off to Wickenburg for our first stop – Coffinger Park. Coffee & donuts await our group as additional drivers join us at that location. Then, we’re off to Prescott and our special reserved parking on famous “Whiskey Row”. Are you wearing a B.E.A.T. t-shirt ? If so, you just might be handed a $10 Starbucks gift card. Lunch & shopping are enjoyed and we then depart at 1:30 pm. Be ready as a police officer will assist us leaving Prescott for our drive over the Mingus Mountains through Jerome, through Cottonwood and Sedona on our way to Flagstaff and Little America for our overnight stay. Individual car / driver pictures will be taken in the south end of the Little America parking lot. Just drive all the way around behind the buildings to the end. Mike will be there starting at 4:30 pm for your picture which will be available Sunday morning. Happy hour starts at 6:00 pm and we hope you enjoy the appetizers we selected this year. Be sure and bring your digital camera cards to share your day’s pictures. Then, breakfast starts Sunday morning at 8am for those that signed up for breakfast. Everyone can join the group at 8:50am for the raffle prize give aways. We plan on being done and back on the road by 10:45a.m.
Next year’s tour date is always the weekend after tax filing. For 2013 that will be April 20-21.
We look forward to your participation.
Mike & Janice Goodwin