One of the flat-out nicest places you can be as the leaves begin to turn in earnest is the magnificent Hudson Valley of New York and the adjacent Catskill Mountains. The up-and-down, winding roads present a delight for any driver, especially one that’s driving a veteran car. To that end, Historic Automobile Endurance Runs, LLC is offering a pair of autumn rallies for vintage cars in this beautiful locale, located about 100 miles north of New York City. Both rallies are organized by enthusiast and historian Robert Selkowitz of Shokan, New York, a longtime pal of this space. The events are designed to be attainable, enjoyable and most importantly, affordable.
Set for Saturday, September 24th, the Sixth Annual Catskill Conquest Rally is held in commemoration of the Automobile Endurance Run of October 1903 that saw 34 cars take part in an 800-mile run linking New York City and Pittsburgh. The second event is the Fourth Annual Catskill Covered Bridge Rally, set for Saturday, October 15. Both rallies’ starting point will be at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center, 5069 State Route 28, Mount Tremper, New York, 18 miles west of Kingston, New York, accessible via the New York State Thruway. Entry fees are set at $100 for the Catskill Conquest rally and at $50 for the Covered Bridge event. A reasonable price, to be sure, for that much fun.