Car collectors in high gear for antique car run

July 14, 2012 by  

Plans are underway for the finest summer automobile parade in Minnesota.

This year marks the 26th Annual staging of the Antique Car Run, which will take place Saturday, August 11. The yearly event historically begins in New London, ending in New Brighton.

The 120-mile route is a re-enactment of a similar event held every year in England, which runs from London to the south coast town of Brighton. That event is one of the most prestigious auto-touring events in Great Britain.

Drivers from all over the United States come to drive their restored antique vehicles, dating back to 1915 and, in the case of some models, 1908. More than 60 cars are entered in this year’s event, which is highly anticipated in the area, although flyer printing to alert motor vehicle enthusiasts clubs and associations would still be an excellent way to generate interest and excitement in the car collector community.

An opportunity to see the century-old vehicles up close will take place August 8 to 10 in New London during the pre-tour showing. Then, at 7:00 am sharp on August 11, the Grand Tour will depart from Peace Lutheran Church. The slowest moving vehicles will start the parade along the mapped route.

It is expected that the 120-mile parade will take at least eight hours, with the last of the vehicles arriving at New Brighton’s Long Lake Regional Park at approximately 6:30 pm. There are five planned stops along the route. For more information, visit the Antique Car Run website.