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Archive for Saturday, October 2, 1993

ANTIQUE CARS, FIRE EQUIPMENT ON DISPLAY

October 2, 1993

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Antique automobile buffs will get a history lesson Sunday in Lawrence about the ways fires were fought long ago.

Firefighting equipment from across the state will be part of the 21st annual Lawrence Car Show.

The show, which is free and open to the public, will be from 9:30 a.m. to about 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Kent Shrack, a member of the Lawrence Region Antique Automobile Club of America, said this year's show features fire trucks and fire apparatus, as well as antique and classic model restored vehicles. Each year the show features a particular topic, he said. In recent years, the featured vehicles have been Cadillacs and Lincolns, he said.

The Lawrence Fire Department will have a display of antique hand-pulled hose rails at the show and will give a demonstration 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Shrack said. The rails were used to haul hose to a fire and were pulled by people.

Lt. Harold Mallonee said the type of hand carts the local fire department has were first built by Charles Hartshorn in 1837 for New York City volunteers.

The idea for the two-wheeled rigs came from a firefighter named David J. Hubbs, and his creations were nicknamed "Hubbs' Babies," Mallonee said.

"They were pulled by hand or attached to a fire engine to carry hoses," Mallonee said. The large, two-man rig was a gift from the Topeka Fire Department, he said. The smaller one came to the department from a resident who had kept it in a shed in the 800 block of Kentucky Street, he said.

The hand carts were used from 1837 to the early 1900s, he said.

Rich Barr, Lawrence's fire marshal, said the department will also have on display its new Quint fire truck, a combination aerial ladder and pumper.

Barr said Seneca's fire department plans to bring a Stutz fire truck to the Lawrence show. Others expected to bring equipment are Shawnee County's fire departments and some from Wichita.

Shrack said that besides the fire apparatus, about 300 antique vehicles will be at the show.

"There will be every kind of car imaginable, mostly American and European, mostly original, not modified," he said.

He said there will be 50 trophies awarded at the show. Trophy presentation will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, he said.

Shrack said the club considers cars as antiques if they are at least 25 years old. To get an antique license plate from the state, a car must be at least 35 years old.

He said that based on past years, there will be mostly American cars, including many fairly recent classics, such as 1966 Mustangs.

He said area antique car clubs from the Kansas City and Topeka areas are expected to bring their vehicles to the show.

There will also be special displays for antique toys, model cars and auto-related items.

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