Connect to the Hagerty article written about the Coasters
Early in 1966 a group from Ontario, the Historical Automobile Club of Canada (HASC) started to promote the idea to have an Antique Car Tour that traveled across Canada. Canada's Centennial was coming up in 1967 and what better way to promote the old car hobby and the Centennial. Most known antique car clubs in Canada were contacted and invited to take part. The tour started in Victoria, BC and traveled to St. John's Newfoundland. Nine cars covered the total distance under their own power. This tour was hosted by various clubs as it passed through their areas. Hobbyists joined the tour where they wanted and stayed on tour as long as their holidays allowed. There were 125 official registrations. This tour unified the car clubs coast to coast and was a big step to the formation of a Canadian Chartered Organization.
Some information about the first tour in 1967
1967 - July: Centennial Year! And to celebrate - a Cross Canada Tour was run. Part of this tour involved the B.C. ferry from the Island to the Mainland. Fares were $5 per car, $2 per adult. A banquet was held at the Red Lion Inn, Victoria on July 7th. Drinks - $.50. Roast beef dinner - $3.00 per adult, $1.25 for children under 8. Saturday tour (July 8th): Dallas Road by V.M.D. “where you could dip your wheels in the Pacific Ocean if you wished”. 10:00 a.m. Mile 0 Trans Canada Highway - send off ceremonies followed by a parade through Beacon Hill Park and the downtown area.