John Gunnell’s 1917 Oakland Touring has been in the shop getting ready for a trip across Wisconsin. It’s part of a plan to celebrate the car’s 100th birthday.
Dave Sarna, a Lions International member and former auto technology instructor at Fox Valley Technical College (www.fvtc.org), came up with the idea of driving the car over the Wisconsin portion of The Yellowstone Trail. The effort will raise money for a Lions Camp for disabled kids located in Rosholt, WI (www.wisconsinlionscamp.com).
This Oakland is kept in an old building in the YT city of Waupaca, WI that became an Oakland dealership in 1917. The building was a Yellowstone Garage. A 1913 Oakland was the car that blazed The Yellowstone Trail. In addition to Gunnell’s Oakland reaching the age of 100, the Lions International is also 100 this year.
The plan is to take charity pledges for every mile the car goes over the trail without major problems. The Yellowstone Trail tour starts on October 9 in Hudson, WI. From there they travel east to Waupaca, where the Yellowstone Trail turns south. If all goes well, Gunnell and his Oakland will arrive in Kenosha on October 14.
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