Posts Tagged ‘antique cars’

Norwegian plans for 2013 Lincoln Highway Tour

October 19, 2011

If you have a reliable car from pre-1979, 4 weeks to spare in July 2013, and a sense of adventure, you qualify for the LH 2013 Centennial Tour!

As the group explains at

Our goal is to gather 100 participants who will ship their historic vehicles to the U.S from overseas and spend 4 weeks crossing the American Continent on the Lincoln Highway. This will help raise public awareness and renew interest in the Lincoln Highway during its centennial celebration. U.S residents are also encouraged to join the tour making it as grand and diverse as possible. The tour will conclude at the Lincoln Highway’s western terminus; the Lincoln Park in San Francisco on July 26th, 2013, having covered an approximate 3,389 miles and journeyed through 13 states.

In June 2006, 17 antique American cars from Norway traveled Route 66 on its 80th anniversary. The trip was a private initiative by Harry & Henning Kjensli accompanied by friends and like minded Norwegian enthusiasts. The response received from participants and the public inspired them to launch the 2013 Lincoln Highway Centennial Tour. Check the web site for more info, including a schedule of each day’s travels.

Slideshow: antique cars on Iowa Lincoln Hwy tour

September 2, 2011

A new brief video by VintonToday features antique cars that participated in last weekend’s Lincoln Highway tour across Iowa, specifically at the restored Youngville Station between Cedar Rapids and Belle Plaine.

The accompanying music — unfortunately uncredited — is Buddy Nutt singing Goin all the Way On the Lincoln Highway, which he wrote for the PBS Lincoln Highway program produced by Rick Sebak.



Lincoln Highway pics from a 1921 road trip

May 10, 2010

Mike Auran of San Jose, California, sent a couple photos and a story:

In June 1921 my grandparents along with their fathers and my mother, age 3, left Alameda, CA, and followed the Lincoln Highway as far East as Ohio before turning off to Zanesville, Washington DC, and Mt Vernon. Turning north they went to New York City and followed the Hudson to Canada, crossing back into the U.S. at Niagara Falls. They then visited family in Cincinnati and then rejoined the Lincoln as far as Denver, turned south to Colorado Springs and over the Rockies to the Colorado River, then Salt Lake and home. 9,000 miles in 3 months, made about 15 miles to a gallon. I have about 100 photos from the trip.

Mike wondered about the locations of these two photos. Can anyone identify the desert shot by the mountain range? Click images to see them larger!

The second is readily recognized by LH fans but I won’t say in case you like to guess.

Lincoln Highway photos on neat stuff blog

January 25, 2010

At Atomic Antiques, Mark Stevens posts “neat stuff from the 20th century.” He recently posted these two cool Lincoln Highway images. Visit his page (scrolling down a bit) to see the photos larger and read a bit about them. Feel free to comment too.

Before visiting his site, can you identify the location of the first and the purpose behind the second?

New Alice Ramsey centennial trip photos posted

September 8, 2009

Alice_Dana Dorothy trip

The Alice09 Yahoo group has 20 new photos from the centennial re-enactment of Alice Ramsey’s pioneering drive across the U.S. Visit to sign up. There were at least two such trips this summer; this one found Dorothy Grace and Dana McNair driving much of the Lincoln Highway in commemoration of Alice Ramsey’s 1909 trip, Dorothy in a 1915 Model T and Dana driving a 1909 Cadillac.

Dorothy just posted the photos in the “July 3-6” album, such as these below: Ruth, Nevada, and the California state line.

Alice_Dana Dorothy RuthNV

Alice_Dana Dorothy Cal

Learn more at where you can also read all about their daily adventures on the road.

3-day motor tour to cross Iowa's Lincoln Highway

August 21, 2009

The 2nd Annual Iowa Lincoln Highway Motor Tour will cross the midwestern state on August 28–30. The Friday-to-Sunday trip begins in the west at Desoto Bend and heads eastward with stops in Carroll, Jefferson, Boone, Nevada, Marshalltown, Tama, Youngville, Cedar Rapids, Mechanicsville, Lowden, and ending at Clinton. Here are some photos from the 2008 tour by Bryan Osberg.

IA_MotorTour08aABOVE: Approaching the Union Pacific Bridge via old brick section of Lincoln Highway, just past Cornell College in Mt. Vernon.

IA_MotorTour08bABOVE: The first stop on the second day was Youngville Cafe.

IA_MotorTour08cABOVE: Lunch day 3 at the Brickstreet Station in Woodbine.

Visit the Iowa LHA page for a full itinerary and more info.

As summer nears, Alice's drive revs up

April 24, 2009

By now, you’ve read here about the recreation of Alice Ramsey’s pioneering drive in 1909, making her the first woman to drive across the U.S. Most of her route west of Ligonier, Indiana, would become the Lincoln Highway four years later.

This summer, Emily Anderson, 38, of Seattle, will retrace Alice’s trip in an identical 1909 Maxwell, thanks to her father Richard’s expert efforts to create one from parts. The Cedar Rapids Gazette has a nice article about local efforts to welcome the Maxwell when it arrives there June 18, 2009. The writer gives a nod to Gregory Franzwa’s reprinting of Alice’s memoir of the trip.


The trip launches June 9 from Broadway in New York City. Read more at including how they’re test driving it for 1,000 miles before the big trip.

Classic cars visit Duarte Garage, Livermore CA

June 27, 2008

Gary Kinst wrote to say that on June 8, 2008, the Livermore Heritage Guild hosted the Santa Clara Valley Model T Clubs endurance run and flatlanders rally. Approximately 40 Model T Speedsters began arriving at the Duarte Garage at 10 am. A barbeque was awaiting the contestants along with an awards ceremony. The parking lot across from the garage was filled with vintage Studebakers, Pierce Arrows, Packards, Model A’s and T’s. At 1 pm, the caravan headed back to Santa Clara to complete the second half of the run.

As the Speedsters approached the garage on Pine Street, a gentleman in vintage costume flagged them across the finish line. Pine Street is a continuation of Junction Ave., the original Lincoln Highway. Race officials checked each arrival and then directed the racers to the front of the garage where they posed for photos, as seen above.

After driving around the block the cars were staged on Pine Street for spectator viewing. The event drew a respectable crowd consisting of those following the participants, and also people driving past the Garage. The Lincoln Highway display inside the Museum received considerable attention too. Photos © by Gary Kinst.

Early Ford V-8s to travel the Lincoln Highway

June 25, 2008

Two friends are set to drive their antique autos across this summer, and like an increasing tide, will follow the Lincoln Highway and let us all follow along on their blog. SoCal Early Ford V-8 Club members George Garrett and Tom Shields will leave Times Square on July 6 and pass through all 13 LH states (with a short detour to the EFV8 Grand National in Dearborn). George has a 1939 Ford Coupe; Tom’s is a ’37 convertible. Both are quite similar to two of my favorite cars, the 1937 and ’39 Lincoln Zephyr.

They’ll be posting daily updates online; so far, they’ve documented getting their cars to the east coast. George says, “I’ve been talking about this for 5 years and it’s finally going to happen…. I’ve downloaded the route to a GPS and it, along with some maps, is going to show us the way. The whole trip should take about a month.” Thanks to new LHA President Bob Dieterich for the tip.

Early Autos film, sometimes comic, inc/ US 50 NV

February 13, 2008

Here’s an educational film (well, somewhat) from perhaps the late 1940s showing the impact and follies of early autos. The short film begins and ends with old-car fans driving early autos in period dress along US 50 (often the same as the Lincoln Highway) and US 395 in Nevada. Much of the rest shows early clips of how they could be a challenge to operate. The disruption they brought to city streets is quite a contrast to today’s “good ol days” view — though it is comical to watch a crowd of kids chase one of the newfangled contraptions.