Horseless Carriage club parades to AC

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Omaha Region for the Horseless Carriage Club of America will return to Storm Lake this month for a parade and show of their antique cars, but for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the iconic Ford Model T, there will also be a challenge.

The Wisconsin Capital T Ford Club proposes to bring a 1923 Ford roadster touring car (which sold for $600 back in the day) and drive it from Storm Lake to Albert City, where it will be featured in the 10 a.m. Summerfest Parade.

It will then be completely taken apart, and at 1 p.m., the Club will attempt to completely reassemble the car within 30 minutes. It will repeat the challenge at 3 p.m. at the Albert City museum. Spectators are welcome for both attempts - as each move will be announced.

The car, nicknamed "Willie" after a policeman who died in the line of duty, has been reassembled about 100 times by the group, once in front of thousands at the Ford Motor Company convention.

The Horseless Carriage Club group will leave from the Lighthouse Inn in Storm Lake at 10 a.m. Firday, June 20, for a run.

After the parade on Saturday, June 21, the cars will be arranged in a show for the public at the park in Albert City from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and then will move to the museum area from 1-4 p.m. where the public may also view the cars and meet the drivers.