The sixth CT British Reliability Run revisited the Finger Lakes region and had a record turn out, excellent weather, great scenery on rural roads and a much-appreciated donation to the Hole In The Wall Gang Camp.
This year marks the 120th anniversary of the 1903 Reliability Run organized by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers which saw 34 intrepid adventurers battle terrible road conditions on the way from Weehawken, NJ to Pittsburgh, PA, a journey which took them 8 days. The weather conditions on the first couple of days when the group was travelling through the Catskills featured very heavy rain and floods which turned dirt roads to quagmires.
The 2023 CT British Reliability Run followed more or less the road those pioneers struggled along from Kingston through Pine Hill and on to Delhi and eventually Unadilla. The intervening 120 years have given us roads with generally good surfaces and while there are no guarantees when it comes to the weather the odds were quite good that the mid-September weather would be a lot better than it was in 1903.
Next year’s Reliability Run will be on the weekend of September 27th to 29th. If you’ve never been on a Reliability Run you are missing out on an enjoyable activity with your car and a lot of fun with a great group of British car owners. May we see you next year?
A detailed account by the organizer of the run, Neville Wardle, follows. Photos by participants on the run.
Website design, Ed Cooke