The Revival AAA Glidden Tour® is the oldest and largest annual antique automobile tour and it’s coming to central Nebraska, September 17-22. The week-long tour will be based at the Adam County Fairgrounds in Hastings and will feature some 130 vintage vehicles all made prior to 1943. The Nebraska Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) is proudly serving as this year’s host.
The last time the AAA Glidden Tour passed through Nebraska was 108 years ago. This year’s participants will visit some of the same towns that were part of the 1909 tour and travel along part of the same route. On this year’s tour, however, they will likely not encounter any covered wagons.
Each day during the tour, Gliddenites will travel from Hastings to visit towns and attractions in Central Nebraska. The pre-selected routes will provide the participants with the ability to experience some of Nebraska’s most symbolic travel treasurers including Pioneer Village in Minden and The Archway in Kearney.
There are many unique stories tied to those participating in the Revival AAA Glidden Tour® and they will be traveling to Nebraska from all corners of the nation. One family owns a vehicle with the steering wheel on the passenger side. They love seeing the “double takes” of other motorists and pedestrians as they frequently drive with a large, stuffed Dalmatian sitting in the seat typically reserved for the driver. One couple indicated that instead of taking a cruise for their 50th wedding anniversary, they plan to participate in the 2017 tour. A few are participating in the tour for the first time; one person has attended more than 40 tours.
The original AAA Glidden Tour®, which ran from 1904 to 1913, were held to demonstrate the reliability of the automobile as basic transportation and encourage the development of safe roads, dependable driving information including maps and signage, and help to encourage the expansion of other automotive related services. During that time, an evolution was just beginning to take place on our nation’s roadways as consumers became more aware of the benefits of the horseless carriage. The AAA Glidden Tour® served as a catalyst for these changes in the transportation industry.
Details about this year’s event, including the daily tours in Nebraska, can be found at www.GliddenTour.org. To view a collection of historical photos from the 1909 Glidden Tour that traveled through Nebraska, visit the Detroit Public Library website. Photos and information can also be found on the Antique Auto Club America website at www.aaca.org, the Vintage Motor Car Club of America website at www.vmcca.org, and the Horseless Carriage Foundation website at www.hcfi.org.
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.4 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Nebraska, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 57.7 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the internet at AAA.com.