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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I contact OpenAir Tours?

Tour Hotline: (262) 922-4062

Our Mailing Address: OpenAir Tours - P.O. Box 5532 Madison, WI 53705-0532

Our Email Addresses: info@openairtours.com for general information


Q: I've never been on a car tour. I don't belong to any club. I just happen to like cars.  Do you think I'll enjoy it?

A: Yes, this tour is perfect for you! OpenAir Tours was designed to be fun for everyone, whether they're experienced club and rally fans or people who enjoy all kinds of cars. Most of our tour participants do not belong to any other clubs. The one thing we have in common is the belief that Cars Are For Driving...and this tour is what convertibles are made for!


Q: Will there be difficult routes & instructions?  What if I get lost?

A: We provide clear and easy to follow routes along with maps and check points. If by some odd chance you get lost, just pull out the map and find a good route.No worries, mate! Follow the map. We'll see you there!


Q: What kind of "backroads" do you take? Are they paved?

A: We're very careful to keep you and your "baby" (ie: car) on good roads. We plan only paved roads and try to ensure that we don't encounter road construction. While changes do happen, we do our best to "stay smooth".


Q:What about meals and lodging? Do I have to stay at the tour hotels?

A: Meals & lodging are on your own. At the request of past participants we've arranged for a Headquarters Hotel, which is the official choice of the tour organizers and Official Hotels which offer good alternatives in price, style & service. Ask for OAT rates. Stay anywhere you prefer. As for meals, we sometimes arrange for opportunities to eat together but you can form a group and head off to find a restaurant on your own. We try to give you lots of good options on the tour.


Q: Do I have to go with you all four days? Can I just come for one or two days? Will I save on registration fees?

A: You do not have to go all four days, but to best enjoy the tour we recommend that you do. People who have come for just a day or two always wind up regretting that they had to miss a part of the excitement. The registration fee stays the same.


Q: What kind of cars are on the tour?
A: Virtually every make and vintage - so long as it is a convertible. You'll see lots of great 60s and 70s cars like the Mustangs, Firebirds, Camaros and SS Chevies but you'll also find more exotic sports cars like Ferraris, Porsches, and BMWs. We've had great classics like 1930s Cords, a Highlander and Ford Skyliners. We get a nice bunch of VWs, Cadillacs, Miatas, MGs, Corvettes, Buicks, Olds, Chryslers, Mustangs - and lots of others. We've had HumVees and a Dodge Dakota truck convertible.

Q: Where have previous tours visited before?

A: The first OpenAir Classic was run August 17-20, 2006.

  • 2017 - 25 Years of Topless Touring! Topless in the Driftless Region, Middleton, WI
  • 2016 - Living the Legend! Green Bay, WI
  • 2015 - Back to the Big Water - Ashland & Bayfield, WI
  • 2014 - Running the Bluffs along the Mighty Miss, Onalaska, WI - Part II
  • 2013 - Running the Bluffs along the Mighty Miss, Onalaska, WI
  • 2012 - Wisconsin's Eastern Riviera, Manitowoc, WI
  • 2011 - Darting Through The Driftless Region, Madison, WI
  • 2010 - OpenAir Eau Claire and the beautiful Chippewa Valley - Part II
  • 2009 - OpenAir Eau Claire and the beautiful Chippewa Valley
  • 2008 - Chasing the Fox in the Fox Cities, in and around Appleton, WI
  • 2007 - The parts of Iowa around Dubuque, and portions of the Great River Road
  • 2006 - Topless Tour through Wisconsin's Spectacular Apostle Islands Country – Ashland and the Bayfield Peninsula area
 

However from 1993 through 2005 tours visited the following ares of the state under the name "The Wisconsin Convertible Classic"

  • 2005 - Wisconsin's Surfing Coast - Manitowoc, Elkhart Lake, Sheboygan
  • 2004 - Magic in the Alps - Madison, Mt Horeb, Wi Dells
  • 2003 - Hot & Topless in the Wild West - LaCrosse, Winona
  • 2002 - Twisting with the Wis. River - Eagle River to WI Rapids
  • 2001 - All Around Green Bay! Door, Marinette, Crivitz, Pulaski
  • 2000 - The Baraboo Range & Kickapoo Valley, WI
  • 1999 - Eau Claire, Prescott, St. Croix Valley in MN & WI
  • 1998 - Wausau, Ashland, the Apostle Islands and Minocqua
  • 1997 - The Southern WI Great River Road - LaCrosse to Dubuque, IA & Galena, IL
  • 1996 - The Northern WI Great River Road - LaCrosse to Prescott
  • 1995 - Southwest Wisconsin, Spring Green and The Dells
  • 1994 - Fox Cities, Green Bay, Door County, Manitowoc and Sheboygan
  • 1993 - South Central Wisconsin to Green Bay,Door County and Elkhart Lake

Q: Where are you going next year?
A: That's a great question! To be honest we (likely) don't know yet. OAC Members are invited every January to join us at our mid-winter gathering in Madison for the OpenAir Conditioner where we enjoy camaraderie, speakers, sometimes a show, a mini "convertibles optional" tour leading up to our Saturday afternoon luncheon where destination speculation runs rampant right before we make the big announcement. All current members receive an email notification of our destination with hotel info shortly after the event.

Q: No, seriously. Where are you going next year?
A: These aren't the droids you're looking for.

Q: The tour is called the OpenAir Classic. Do I have to own a Classic or antique car?

A: Any convertible of any vintage or make is welcome on this tour. It’s a “classic tour in the sense that it embodies all the most enjoyable elements of convertible touring: great roads, topless cars, wonderful people and an appreciation for the good life.


Q: You say the tour is limited to 200 Cars. Why?

A: We limit the number of entries to 200 cars because that keeps our size manageable as we visit some of the out-of-the-way treasures of travel and headquarter in friendly medium or small communities.

However...if you become an OAC Member, OpenAir Tours will guarantee you a spot on the tour if you register during the exclusive Members Only Registration Period (MORP).


Q: Some friends of mine who have a convertible would like to join. Should I invite them?

A: Absolutely! One of the reasons this is such a friendly bunch is that our participants know others who, like themselves, enjoy topless cruising with good people. In addition, for every first-time participant who registers and indicates on their form who referred them to the event, we give the participant who referred them a chance to win a special “Referral Thank You Prize”.


Q: What do I get for my registration fee?

A: In short, four days of the most exhilarating convertible fun you’ll have all year. We design tours that take you to some of the most spectacular, twisting, tree lined, shore hugging convertible loving back-roads in the country. You’ll meet people who enjoy open-air cars, love driving them and enjoy a four day celebration of the topless life.


Q: How much will the registration fee be?

A: The fee for OAC 2017 was $329. OpenAir Members get a discount on registration, first opportunity to register and get a spot on the starting grid. After an early sign-up period for members any remaining grid positions are available to non-members on a first-come first served basis.


Q: Can you list what I get for my registration fee?

A: A simple list of “what you get” doesn’t really convey the fun of the tour (see above) but to enumerate, you receive:

  • Entry for one convertible with a driver and navigator on the tour.
  • Name badges for Driver and Navigator and special OpenAir Car number.
  • A spot on the 200 car starting grid each day.
  • Special routes and tour instructions for events all four days.
  • Two limited-edition artist-designed t-shirts.
  • The OpenAir Classic DVD which contains video and pictures from all four days.
  • Admission for Driver and Navigator to Group meal functions (usually two) such as an opening reception and an evening meal or tail gate party.
  • Participation in checkpoint games.
  • Entry in special prize drawings.
  • Admission for driver & navigator to occasional OpenAir Classic cruises, rides or attractions that may be part of the tour.
  • One entry in the drawing for the “grand prize” (you must have participated all four days to be eligible)
  • Opportunity to win special awards for Member’s Favorite Car in show and other Topless Spirit awards.
  • Access to special OpenAir Classic Hotel room blocks and rates.
  • Admission to special OpenAir Classic parties and entertainment.
  • A collectible OpenAir Tour dash plaque.
  • Area tour guides and maps.
  • Listing (if desired) in the OpenAir Guide to participants.
  • Often special offers or discounts for other area attractions, dining or lodging packages.
  • OpenAir Tour car number.
  • Access to special OpenAir logo merchandise.
  • Four days of exhilarating convertible living and cruises with great people on exciting roads through beautiful country – in short – THIS is what convertibles are for!
 


 
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