2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the Opel GT, and to mark that occasion people brought their cars, GTs, Mantas, and other classic Opels, to Las Vega for the 50GT 1,000+ mile tour of the southwest.
Nearly 50 cars were in attendance for the show, and many of them stayed on for the tour. Through the following week there’d be a parade of Opels on the highways connecting Hoover Dam, Kingman, Seligman, Williams, the Grand Canyon, Tuba City, Mesa Verde, and Durango. After a day of rest the tour resumed, passing through Mexican Hat, Monument Valley, and Kayenta, then on to the Glen Canyon Dam, Zion National Park, the Valley of Fire, and finally back to Las Vegas for a farewell dinner.
Cars had been driven and trailered out from all parts of USA and western Canada. People came from all over the US and Canada, plus Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, and the Philippines.
The whole project was Gil Wesson’s, from Opel GT Source in Toulumne, CA. Two years of planning, research, and promotion went into this. Gil billed it as the great American road trip, the kind of rolling vacation families would take back in the 50’s and 60’s after the freeway system had been built. Back then getting out to see the rest of the country was a thing, and flying was expensive. Now flying is cheap and people are not seeing the country as much anymore.
All but one car completed the tour. In total we drove some 40,000 miles. In total we saw some 40,000 miles of North America.