Smoky Mountain Tour FAQ
WHAT’S THE SCHEDULE LIKE?
We start each tour with a welcome reception. Then it’s four laid-back, fun-filled days of driving and sightseeing. We aim to be on the road by 9 o’clock each morning and back to the hotel before 5 o'clock.
HOW DO I ENTER?
To reserve your spot, just register right here on our website.
WHAT IS YOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE?
The early-bird discount price of $5495 applies only if we receive your entry and deposit of $1996 by June 1, 2016. After that date, the entry fee will be $5995. Entry deadline is May 1, 2017, and the remaining balance will be will be charged to your credit card on file. For those of you paying by check, please make sure we receive it by May 1, 2017.
Cancelations within 60 days before the start date forfeit the deposit. Cancellations within 45 days of the start date forfeit half the total amount. Cancellations within 7 days of the start date forfeit the total amount.
WHAT IF I WANT TO TRAVEL ALONE OR TRAVEL WITH MY CHILD OR FRIEND?
While the majority of entrants have been couples between 45 and 85 years old, some entrants have decided to bring a friend or family member. We welcome guests who are high-school age or older. Have three or more people in your car? Want separate hotel rooms? Please feel free to contact Rick Goolsby for additional pricing.
WHAT KIND OF GROUP DO YOU ATTRACT?
Our events attract those who like adventure, camaraderie and classic sports cars. We get a lot of newly retired couples who are still young at heart. We’ve also had several entrants who brought their son or daughter.
Some participants can afford to do several of these tours per year. For others, it’s a bucket-list outing. Our staff works to make everyone feel welcome.
IS THIS THING ALL CARS, ALL THE TIME?
Absolutely not! While we love cars, we understand that other interests exist. Our schedule balances automotive attractions with stops that take in natural beauty and local history.
After each tour, we hear the same thing: Participants are pleasantly surprised by the mix.
WHAT IS THE DRIVING STYLE?
We send out cars at around 9 o’clock each morning. You can leave early, take off late, or run on your own. At the start of each tour, entrants receive a very detailed route book. If you’d rather not navigate, you can follow your hosts. We will have mechanics running sweep with a trailer in case anyone breaks down. While we cannot condone speeding, we have purposely chosen roads that are winding, scenic and free of traffic.
WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO NAVIGATE?
While we purposely design our route book so that it’s welcoming for novices, we understand that not every co-driver wants to be a navigator. A lead car plus a chase vehicle make the route easy to follow.
WHAT CARS ARE ELIGIBLE?
Our tours are open to all classic, sports, exotic, racing and GT cars built before 1979. Modern sports and exotics, from Miatas to Maseratis, are also welcome. And, yes, if your car breaks at the last minute and you need to change horses, you are still welcome to bring it.
IS ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE PROVIDED?
The Classic Motorsports support vehicle will follow the entire tour. Thanks to Chubb Classic Car Insurance, that support vehicle is equipped with tools and expert mechanics. This mechanical assistance and support is provided to all entrants at no additional charge. If repairs can’t be made on the side of the road, we’ll handle the towing and loan you a new BMW until your car rejoins the tour.
WHAT ABOUT MY LUGGAGE?
We can transport your luggage so that you don’t have to worry about it.
WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE?
The dress code for all of our tours is resort casual.
WHAT PAPERWORK IS REQUIRED?
All drivers must have a valid driver’s license, whether domestic or foreign. All vehicles must be registered and insured or carry an appropriate dealer or transporter tag. There will also be a Hold Harmless Agreement and an In Case of Emergency contact form provided. These forms must be filled out and signed before the tour begins.
WHAT ARE THE LOCAL AIRPORTS?
The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) is located just minutes away from the tour’s start and finish points. If you need a ride from the airport on the day the tour starts, we can provide one at no additional cost.
HOW CAN I TRANSPORT MY CAR TO YOUR EVENT?
Reliable Carriers is our preferred provider. Give them a call at (800) 521-6393. Some entrants tow their own cars, and we provide safe storage areas for their trailers. And, of course, some entrants simply drive their cars to and from our tours.