From New London to New Brighton: the annual classic car race will take place on August 13 – West Central Tribune
The 36th Annual New London to New Brighton (NLNB) Classic Car Race will take place on Saturday August 13, 2022, with pre-visits to the New London area August 10-12.
The Antique Car Run kicks off at 7am on Saturday, with the oldest and slowest antique cars setting off first from the Lutheran Church of Peace in New London. The cars will travel over 120 miles through Minnesota to New Brighton.
Considered one of the first brass-era drive-in tours in the United States and attracting people from all over the United States, Canada, England and Australia, finishing the race is a must-do list item. things to do for many, according to Bruce Van Sloun, Chairman of the Antique Car Run 2022 Board of Directors.
Participation in the race is limited to pre-1908 vehicles and all one- and two-cylinder vehicles up to 1915, including bicycles, motorcycles, steam cars and even electric cars. The participating cars have eight to 60 horsepower and top speeds of 12 to 70 mph, according to Van Sloun.
“It’s a rolling museum of automotive history, which is presented to viewers free of charge,” Van Sloun said.
Finishing the race is quite the feat, with some cars requiring lubrication and maintenance every 25 miles. Despite their preparations, not all cars finish the race successfully.
A fierce rivalry has been cultivated over the years between Maxwell and Ford owners, with one or the other having the most entrants, but not always the most to cross the finish line, Van Sloun noted. .
Two Maxwell drivers have completed each of the previous 35 vintage car races. Unfortunately, one of those drivers, Bob Long, passed away last year.
“Bob and his very original 1908 Maxwell were an integral part of the race,” Van Sloun said. “He was well known and a key source of information for those who owned Maxwells.”
Long will be commemorated at the pilots meeting.
Some of the rare cars that have participated over the years include a Rolls Royce or Ford Model K, Sears and International Harvester high-wheel cars, and Stanley and White steam cars. Some cars have familiar names and some have less familiar names, like Kenmore and Maytag.
The Minnesota race commemorates the prestigious London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which is held annually in England and is considered the ancestor of the races. It started in 1896 to celebrate the repeal of the “red flag” law.
When the age of motorized vehicles began in the late 1800s, automobiles or horseless carriages wreaked havoc on city streets trying to mingle with horse-drawn carriages.
Early motorized vehicles were banned from using the road unless a man carrying a red flag passed in front of the car warning car drivers to hold the reins of their animals. When the law was repealed, drivers celebrated the freedom it offered by jumping into their automobiles and driving ‘flag-free’ to Brighton.
Beginning in 1987, the NLNB’s first vintage car race was scheduled for New Brighton’s centenary celebration to strengthen its namesake ties with Brighton, England. There were 17 participants, and a visit from the Mayor of Brighton and other English guests.
After leaving New London on August 13, the Antique Car Run will pass through six rest areas before ending in New Brighton in Long Lake Regional Park, 1500 Old Hwy 8 NW. The finish line is open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Antique Car Run is one of the main attractions at New Brighton’s Stockyard Days festival.
Approximate arrival times at rest areas: Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City, 8:15 a.m.; Central Park in Litchfield, 9:15 a.m.; Main Street in Kingston, 10:30 a.m.; American Legion in Buffalo, 11:45 a.m. and stay until 1 p.m.; Crystal Community Center in Crystal, 2:30 p.m., ending at Long Lake Regional Park.
There are also plenty of opportunities to participate in activities in the days leading up to the big race. Packages include:
- Wednesday August 10: drive to Chappell Central in Willmar from the Lutheran Church of Peace in New London. Attendees will tour the Chappell Central manufacturing and fabrication plant. The party will gather at Neer Park in New London, serving the famous shore lunch with walleye and all the fixings.
- Thursday August 11: drive to the Bug-Bee Hive Resort on Lake Koronis in Paynesville. The resort is a year-round resort/lodge and events center, owned and operated by the same family since its beginnings in the 1920s. Lutheran Church of Peace, where attendees will have the opportunity to meet volunteer tow drivers and exchange information.
- Friday August 12: a 36-mile scenic warm-up tour around Nest and Green Lakes in the New London area will take place after the morning brunch and drivers’ meeting. Cars will be parked at the American Legion after the tour for public viewing.
For more information or to register for the race, visit antiquecarrun.org, where you will also find a list of people to contact.