“The count keeps going up,” said Jim Peters of Sudbury, Mass., one of the organizers of the tour which is following the path of the old Lincoln Highway
How many cars were on the eastern leg of the Lincoln Highway centennial tour that stopped Tuesday to see the Canton Classic Car Museum?
“The count keeps going up,” said Jim Peters of Sudbury, Mass., one of the organizers of the tour following the path of the old Lincoln Highway. Cars started on both the East and West coasts, and will meet in Kearney, Neb., to celebrate at the annual meeting of the Lincoln Highway Association and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the nation’s first transcontinental road.
“We started with 43 cars and 80 people,” said Peters. “It’s up to 50 cars and the high 80s in people. By the time we get to Kearney, we’ll have about 75 cars and 120 people.”
A few local car enthusiasts stopped by the Classic Car Museum to see motorists on the tour, some of whom were following the route of the Lincoln in vintage cars and others driving modern vehicles.
Included in spectators were Carl Moore of Jackson Township and Bob Kiggans of Portage County.
“When I retire I want to do something like this with my wife in our ’56 Chevy,” said Moore.
Two people who were making the tour in a modern vehicle were Audrey and Charles Bront of Whispering Pines, N.C. They took the Lincoln Highway Association’s 90th anniversary tour 10 years ago in a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SE convertible.
“We were going to do it again. It was ready to go,” said Charles Bront, who said he had vertigo problems at the last minute. “So we took a ‘modern Packard.’ It’s a Lexus. If I have a problem, Audrey can drive it. Plus it has GPS, air-conditioned seats, and it parks itself.”
Bront, who is in his 80s, and his wife plan to repeat the tour one more time in the future — the distant future.
“We’ve already made plans to be on the 200th tour,” he said.
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