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Antique Car Run

Updated on October 5, 2012

New Brighton Stockyard Days

As part of this local celebration, the town of New Brighton hosts this run. It's called a run, because it's not a race to see who gets there first, it's just fun.

Stockyard Days is a celebration of how the town of New Brighton was started. Since 1987, they've had this 120-mile car run. Everyone who participates gets a specially made medallion to put on their car. Plus, you get to see a lot of ancient cars that you probably wouldn't see otherwise.

What Is It?

This run is just a fun way for antique car buffs to show off their cars. To enter the run, your car has to be pre-1908, or a 1 or 2 cylinder car up to 1915. And you don't have to have a car. It's also open to bikes and motorcycles.

The cars start in a town called New London, MN. There is an entrance fee, but that covers any food and drink you may have at the 5 rest stops along the way. Remember, some of these cars run on steam, so they have to make frequent stops. The run ends in New Brighton, MN sometime between 3 and 5 pm. We're talking about cars that at best, go about 30 miles an hour. Everyone who participates has a great time, and even the spectators have fun. You should see how many people wait at the finish line for the cars to return.

Cars You'll See

You wouldn't believe the different brands of cars you'll see. This year there were a lot of Buicks, quite a few Maacswells, a couple of Cadillacs, a couple of REO Speedwagons (like the band), some Franklins, one steamer, and even an Indian motorcycle. This is the first year I've ever paid any attention, but I do know that a lot of the cars have been in this run since it began.

Where The Run Goes

Here's a map of where the cars start, and where they end.

show route and directions
A markerThe starting line is here. -
New London, MN
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B markerThe finish line is here. -
New Brighton, MN
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The Spectators

The Spectators
The Spectators

And Now The Cars... - As they crossed the finish line.

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A Cool CarHave you seen one of these?An old fire truck.Some people bring their kids with them on the run.An REO.  Where do you think the bad got their name from anyways?Boss Hogg Car.An old El Camino
A Cool Car
A Cool Car
Have you seen one of these?
Have you seen one of these?
An old fire truck.
An old fire truck.
Some people bring their kids with them on the run.
Some people bring their kids with them on the run.
An REO.  Where do you think the bad got their name from anyways?
An REO. Where do you think the bad got their name from anyways?
Boss Hogg Car.
Boss Hogg Car.
An old El Camino
An old El Camino

More Cars....

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Twelfth to finish.Thirteenth to finish.Fourteenth to finish.Fifteenth to finish.Sixteenth to finish.Seventeenth to finish.Eighteenth to finish.  This one is a Buick too.  I only remember that because my husband thought it was the coolest car there.Nineteenth to finish.Twentieth to finish.Twenty-first to finish.
Twelfth to finish.
Twelfth to finish.
Thirteenth to finish.
Thirteenth to finish.
Fourteenth to finish.
Fourteenth to finish.
Fifteenth to finish.
Fifteenth to finish.
Sixteenth to finish.
Sixteenth to finish.
Seventeenth to finish.
Seventeenth to finish.
Eighteenth to finish.  This one is a Buick too.  I only remember that because my husband thought it was the coolest car there.
Eighteenth to finish. This one is a Buick too. I only remember that because my husband thought it was the coolest car there.
Nineteenth to finish.
Nineteenth to finish.
Twentieth to finish.
Twentieth to finish.
Twenty-first to finish.
Twenty-first to finish.

The Last Cars

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Thirty-ninth to finish.Fortieth to finish.Forty-first to finish.Forty-second to finish.Forty-third to finish.Forty-fourth to finish.Forty-eighth to finish.Forty-ninth to finish.The last one, a Steamer.
Thirty-ninth to finish.
Thirty-ninth to finish.
Fortieth to finish.
Fortieth to finish.
Forty-first to finish.
Forty-first to finish.
Forty-second to finish.
Forty-second to finish.
Forty-third to finish.
Forty-third to finish.
Forty-fourth to finish.
Forty-fourth to finish.
Forty-eighth to finish.
Forty-eighth to finish.
Forty-ninth to finish.
Forty-ninth to finish.
The last one, a Steamer.
The last one, a Steamer.

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    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      I love the antique cars. I bet that's really neat to see them all. Nice lens!

    • mysticmama lm profile image

      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      One of the best parts about living in St. Paul is all the cool classic cars driving by on their way to Porky's or the Fair Grounds for all the car shows! Cool lens :-)

    • kerbev profile image

      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I love cars from that era. Much cooler than a limo for a bride, too.

    • Kate Phizackerl1 profile image

      Kate Phizackerl1 8 years ago

      Nicely done lens or as the Capcha says, "delighttul"

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