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Northern Brass Lights
August 13-17, 2017 Tour Builder

Special thanks to Mike Reid for sharing his great photos and a recap of the Tour

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Northern Brass Lights Tour

Thirty-two pre-1916 cars made their way to Sherwood Park in August to attend the 5 day Alberta Regions Northern Brass Lights Tour. Participants came from as far afield as New Zealand, Massachusetts, Ontario, California, Arizona, Manitoba, Utah, Wyoming, Washington, British Columbia, and Alberta.

Sundays optional Shakedown 30 mile run went past the murals at the Strathcona Olympiette Center ending up at Katies Crossing, a popular Ice Cream stop where you can enjoy your ice cream sitting in antique train cars most of which are older than our cars. Dinner was included Sunday evening in the hotel banquet room where the participants were provided an overview of the weeks activities.

Monday`s tour of 104 miles travelled through rural Strathcona County (home of some 840 miles of paved rural roads) and all participants enjoyed the scenery and lack of modern day traffic. The coffee stop was at a Wilderness Center where the kids attending summer camp at the center had an opportunity to see what transportation was like some 110 years ago.  Our luncheon stop was at the Northern Bear Golf Course and in attendance were members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in their Red Serge Uniforms. Tour participants had an opportunity to have their photos taken at the entrance to the golf course with these officers.  Monday ended with a barbeque dinner at the host hotel.

Tuesdays 111 mile tour (Ukrainian Day) took us through the Alberta Industrial Heartland to two old Ukrainian Churches where the group toured these churches learning about Ukrainian history in the region while enjoying the coffee and donuts being served.  After coffee the group travelled through Elk Island National Park, home to one of the largest bison herds in North America.  Our Ukrainian luncheon was served at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village; a unique open-air living history museum telling the story of the Ukrainian settlements in east central Alberta during the period 1892 - 1930. A chicken and pasta dinner that evening at the host hotel was followed by a presentation by Chris Bamford of his trip to the Arctic in a pre-war Dodge.

Wednesday was our longest day travelling 131 miles to Wetaskiwin to visit the Reynolds Automobile and Aviation Museum.  Our coffee stop was at a member`s Rolls Royce collection and whose property includs an airstrip so he can use his various airplanes from home. Lunch was served at the Reynolds museum and tours of the warehouse where automobiles from the collection not on display for the public were viewed by the tour participants.

Thursday was a short 44 mile day and coffee was at the Bodnar Museum, which includes a large private collection of many different artifacts.  The participants had to be pried away from this amazing collection - many suggesting they would have liked to spend the rest of the day there. A buffet lunch was served to the group in Fort Edmonton Park, a working village having various sections dated back over the last 160 years. We were able to pull the cars right into the Fort and have them on display for the tourists visiting the park. Thursday night`s final banquet of prime rib was followed by two awards - Hard Luck which was awarded to Richard Roberts of Courtenay, BC for losing his engine in his 1912 Ford T Roadster and a Peoples Choice award which was won by Hugo and Linda Vermeulen of Oshawa, Ontario for their beautiful 1905 Model C Buick.

Participants left for home Friday morning and have since been mailed a flash drive containing over 630 pictures taken throughout the week.