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Antique cars make way through Lawrence

Don Smarker, a Hupmobile fan from Topeka, waves to drivers of some of the antique vehicles Tuesday that came to Lawrence for a tour of the city.

Don Smarker, a Hupmobile fan from Topeka, waves to drivers of some of the antique vehicles Tuesday that came to Lawrence for a tour of the city.

July 1, 2008

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David Horton, of Kenosha, Wis., an owner of a 1934 417-W Hupmobile, looks into a hubcap of one of several Hupmobiles that arrived in Lawrence on Tuesday so their drivers could get a view of the city and show off their cars.

David Horton, of Kenosha, Wis., an owner of a 1934 417-W Hupmobile, looks into a hubcap of one of several Hupmobiles that arrived in Lawrence on Tuesday so their drivers could get a view of the city and show off their cars.

Hupmobiles roll into Lawrence

A group of vintage automobile owners make their way through Lawrence to celebrate the 100th birthday of a special antique car. Enlarge video

Blasts from the past rolled into Lawrence on Tuesday.

About 22 different years and models of the Hupmobile, manufactured from 1909 to 1941 in Detroit, found their way to the Dole Institute of Politics on Kansas University's West Campus.

The touring cars were celebrating the Hupmobile's 100th anniversary.

"The corporation papers were signed in 1908," said club president Jerry Robinson, of Lake Villa, Ill. "We picked Kansas as kind of a center part for everybody coming from east and west."

From coupes to sedans, Hupmobile drivers have a special bond.

"We're kind of like a family," said Hughie Montgomery, who owns two Hupmobiles and brought his 1929 Model M by trailer to Kansas from Ingersoll, Ontario. "When we first meet, it's hugs all around."

Cars came from all corners of the United States and Canada for the anniversary tour. And, for some, showing off their shiny antiques is the fun part.

"If I didn't have the touring, it wouldn't be near as much fun," said Jerry Deck, of Okemos, Mich., who owns four Hupmobiles. He said he enjoys making people smile when they see the line of old cars rolling along.

Montgomery says the tours let him travel and see things he'd never normally stop to check out.

"I've seen jelly bean factories," he said. "The Robert Dole Center - I wouldn't have stopped here if I was driving a modern car."

The group also made appearances in De Soto, and today they are heading to Atchison before returning to Topeka, where their journey started Monday.

The antique car owners are enjoying Kansas.

"You get up on a high point, and you have a real nice vista and you have more than we can ever have in Michigan," Deck said.

Montgomery says he likes everywhere he's toured, but Kansas reminds him of southern Ontario.

"It's a lovely drive," he said.

Car club celebrates anniversary

The antique car known as the Hupmobile is celebrating its 100th birthday, and the Hupmobile Club is in town to celebrate.

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