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100 Years of Service
Oakland car to tour Yellowstone Trail
October 13, 2017 --
The Yellowstone Trail, which runs though Fond du Lac County
will be used to help celebrate 100 years of Lions Clubs. Noted
automobile author John Gunnel and Manawa Lion and mechanic, Dave Sarna,
will drive the historic trail from Hudson to Kenosha October 9-14 in a
1917 Oakland car to raise funds for the Wisconsin Lions camp in Rosholt.
Gunnel purchased the 1917 Oakland car as one of his dream
vintage automobiles. Sarna is a mechanic and friend. They decided, why
not tie in a 100 year old automobile with the 100 year anniversary of
Lions Clubs International by driving the Yellowstone Trail through
Wisconsin? The journey will begin with a kick-off event October 9 at
the Hudson Arch in Lakefront Park at 9 a.m.
Friday the 13th, the tour will make a noon lunch stop at the
Yellowstone Trail Park, 600 Prospect Ave., in North Fond du Lac. They
will be accepting donations for the Wisconsin Lions Camp at this stop.
Those making a charitable pledge can agree to pay a certain
amount of money for each mile the car completes on the trip, or an
outright donation can be made. A pledge/donation form can be found via
a link on the Facebook page, Century For Sight.
The Yellowstone Trail was the first transcontinental
automobile highway in the United States that passed through the northern
tier states from Washington to Massachusetts. An Oakland touring car
blazed the Yellowstone Trail in 1913. The Yellowstone Trail included
406 miles of road in Wisconsin from Hudson to Kenosha.
The Wisconsin portion of the Yellowstone Trail passed
through 17 counties including St. Croix, Dunn, Eau Claire, Chippewa,
Clark, Wood, Portage, Waupaca, Winnebago, Outagamie, Fond du Lac, Doge,
Waukesha, Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha. More information on the
Yellowstone Trail can be found at yellowstonetrail.org.
The next stop on the tour will be at The Wisconsin
Automotive Museum in Hartford at 5 p.m. later that afternoon. The
finish line will be at Gateway Classics in Kenosha the afternoon of
Anyone interested in old cars, in history, in the
Yellowstone Trail, in our Wisconsin Lions Camp and in an opportunity to
celebrate and recognize the Lions International 100th year of service is
certainly invited to the 12pm October 13 stop in North Fond du Lac.
The Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt provides camping
experiences for children with disabilities which include the blind and
visually impaired, the deaf and hard of hearing, the mild cognitively
disabled and children with diabetes. The Lions Clubs are known for
their humanitarian services.