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Horseless Carriage Club cruises into town

Find out what a horseless carriage is when the Twin Cities regional club rolls into town this week. The Twin Cities regional Horseless Carriage Club cruises into town Thursday for four days. Don't be surprised when you see about 20 cars -- circa ...

Find out what a horseless carriage is when the Twin Cities regional club rolls into town this week.

The Twin Cities regional Horseless Carriage Club cruises into town Thursday for four days.

Don't be surprised when you see about 20 cars -- circa 1904 to1915 -- at Barker's Island Inn.

"We restore cars and drive them," said organizer Jim Moe. "Everybody strives for originality. It takes patience and ingenuity."

Getting parts isn't always easy. Some network with other car buffs. Some parts can be found in catalogs. Still others have to be made. The Model T Ford isn't too hard, Moe said.

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The only modification allowed is enhanced brakes. The group includes three 1904 Curved Dash Oldsmobiles, which have only one cylinder, eight horsepower. "That's why we go slowly and don't like hills," said Moe.

Moe's first "really interesting" car, he said, was a 1928 Packard, bought from a past Evening Telegram employee, Paul Skamser, in 1947.

The group tours Douglas County on Friday. They take less traveled roads because the cars' top speed is only 20 mph. The plan is to travel to Poplar, Lake Nebagamon, Pattison Park and end the day with a Vista Cruise.

With the help of the Superior Police Department, the group ventures across the Blatnik Bridge on Saturday. Police assistance is needed to avoid "unfortunate intermingling with local traffic," Moe said. They will tour to Two Harbors and sightsee in Duluth before heading back over the Bong Bridge.

The group heads home Sunday afternoon.

The group will be "milling about Superior when not touring," Moe said.

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