Old Car Festival to Feature Early Motor Camping


Old Car Festival to Feature Early Motor Camping
The Old Car Festival will be held this weekend, September 10 & 11, at The Henry Ford/Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. In conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, this year’s special theme is motor camping
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TCT Hall of Fame member Daniel Hershberger will once again be presenting a major feature exhibit of early motor camping, as he has been doing so for the past 14 years. Included in this year’s exhibit will be his 1927 Auto Kamp fold-out tent trailer; a c. 1916 Clare tent trailer; a 1914 Model T pickup with pull behind utility trailer and its related 1914 fishing camp; a 1922 Model T Touring car with a lean-to tent; and a 1928 Model A with Arthur Sherman’s c. 1929 prototype Covered Wagon trailer, on loan from the Detroit Historical Society. Along with the campsites displayed, Dan shows a great deal of authentic vintage camp gear. He will do two campsite talks each day (at 12:00 and 3:15), discussing the development of motor camping, the vehicles and some of the artifacts in the exhibit.
Also for this special year, he will be doing two different lecture presentations at1:30 pm each day. On Saturday the presentation is Michigan Puts the World on Wheels  – The Model T and the Early Trailer Manufacturers and on Sundayit’s Seeing America First – Motor Camping Along the Lincoln Highway.
The Museum will also be exhibiting three significant camp vehicles during the event: a cook truck from the Henry Ford Vagabonds adventures; Henry Joy’s personal Packard camp truck, which was used to survey the Lincoln Highway; and a White Steamer tour bus which saw service in Yellowstone National Park.
More information is available at www.thehenryford.org

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