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New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run 2012

August 12, 2012

About the New London to
New Brighton Antique Car Run

How it all began……. The New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run began in 1987 during New Brighton’s Centennial Celebration. The City added the Run to its calendar of events that year as a way of strengthening its namesake ties to Brighton, England. Complete with a visit by the Mayor of Brighton and other English guests, the 1st Annual Antique Car Run was held with 17 participants. The Antique Car Run is an American version of the prestigious London to Brighton Commemorative Run held annually in England. This grand daddy of runs began in 1896 to celebrate the repeal of the “red flag” law. At the start of the motorized vehicle era in the late 1800’s, automobiles, or horseless carriages, created havoc on city streets trying to mix with horse drawn carriages.

The American Version…….. The New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run is a 120 mile tour of the Minnesota countryside. Unlike the English event run through the crowded streets of the big city, this Minnesota Run starts in the small rural community of New London and takes participants past sumptuous fields and quaint farm houses as it winds its way into the suburban city of New Brighton. Along the way, drivers and passengers are treated to a smorgasbord of home-style hospitality second to none. The Run travels through 5 communities where volunteers roll out the red carpets. Food, friendship and fun are everywhere. With the quaint towns, local events, costumed drivers and gleaming vintage cares, this unique event guarantees “turn of the century” charm for at least one day!

Read more HERE

See picture slideshow for moments I captured this year.


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  1. Mona Rae Cich permalink
    August 12, 2012 9:56 pm

    What a great historical story, thanks for sharing

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