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I am looking for suggestions for a car for the MN New London/New Brighton run. I prefer a 1907 or older 4 cylinder/passenger car. Can anyone tell me about the Dolson or St. Louis offered by Hyman? You may reach me at scott.simdorn@swanflo.com. Thanks!

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Dolson is a good looking car. I think I know who restored the St. Louis as I believe a freind owned in the the 80's. I know he did own a St. Louis in the same paint scheme and I have pictures of it at meets I went to with him. I will be happy to contact him for you if you wish. Send me an email with your contact info. aaca1@aaca.org

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Steve tells me there are lots of brass fans in the club. Would appreciate hearing from any regarding a 1907 or older brass car, 4 cylinder of more, that would be a good candidate for the MN New London New Brighton run. You may contact me at scott.simdorn@swanflo.com. Thanks!

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While I've never had the opportunity to go on the New London/New Brighton, it's something that I'm looking forward to in the next year or two. I've quite a few friends that are regular participants and have gotten a lot of good input and reccomendations from them. I will be running an '07 Franklin when we go. This car has proven itself a very dependable and comfortable tour car for us. Ours is the Model 'D', which is the large 4-cyl model, but there have also been a couple of the smaller Model 'G' cars that have run the tour in recent years, doing very well. The NL/NB isn't a speed run ( about 20 MPH average) so you're not really in need of a high speed/high power vehicle. With that said, there are a limited number of 1908 and earlier (the cut-off year for this run) 4-cylinder cars. 1 & 2 cylinder cars are certainly more common (and less expensive) in this era, and some offer similar (or better) performance to some of the early 4-cylinder cars, many are certainly up to delivering 20-25 MPH. If you are determined to get a 4-cylinder car I would certainly reccommend checking out the Franklins. Also the Ford N-R-S cars can be a good value and I've seen some that are nice performers. There is a good supply of them, relatively speaking. Buick would be another marque to consider. If you want, and your bank account can accomodate, there are certainly more exotic, rare, and expensive examples out there, such as Packard, Pierce, Mercedes, etc. I would suggest that before you buy anything that you do not have personal experience with you contact someone that does. Personal reccommendations from owners who have tour experience with the car, or a similar one, can often shed more light on what you can expect than just what the potential seller is willing to tell you. Likewise, if you're considering a particular car, and you don't know a lot about it, you might want to consider having someong more experienced in brass-era cars, especially in touring them, take a look and the car and give you an appraisal as well. Even if it costs you a few hundred dollars, it might be the best money you've ever spent. I've done a lot of brass touring, in a wide range of different cars. It's all been great fun, but the car can make a big difference in your tour experience. They're all different, just like their owners. If you'd like to talk a bit more, and maybe get into some specific, I'd be happy to chat. PM me with a phone number and I'll be glad to. Best of luck, and I hope to see you out there on the road. Don't forget also, next year AACA has the Reliability Tour coming up in the Richmond, VA area too!

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According to their website, 4-cylinder cars are not eligible to run in the New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run. It must be a 1- or 2-cylinder car, or steam car. There are some "pre run" activities that allow 4-cylinder cars to participate, but the actual Saturday run is strictly for 1- and 2-cylinder cars. Maxwell is a very popular car for the run, as is REO.

http://antiquecarrun.org/

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Sorry, Vertigo, not so. Any car through 1915 can go on the pre-tours Wednesday through Friday. For the main event, the 120-mile run from New London to New Brighton, any car through 1908 is allowed, and any 1-or 2-cylinder car through 1915.

I did the run this year in my 19007 one-cylinder Cadillac. A long day, but a hoot.

Gil Fitzhugh, Morristown, NJ

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