Hastings will be the host site next week for the nation’s oldest and largest antique auto tour.
The 72nd annual Revival AAA Glidden Tour will roll into the Adams County Fairgrounds on Sunday and depart on Friday. A lineup of 130 vehicles all made before 1943 will participate in this year’s Meet in the Middle Tour, which covers several towns that were part of the 1909 Tour through Nebraska. More than 300 people are expected to accompany the tour.
The Nebraska Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) will host the event, which will give participants a chance to visit multiple towns and attractions in Central Nebraska along a preselected route. Destination locations include the Harold Warp Pioneer Village in Minden, The Archway in Kearney and Hastings Museum.
John Nikodym, a Red Cloud farmer, is tour chairman of the event, which brings together members of the AACA and Vintage Motor Car Club of America. A member of both national clubs, Nikodym has been participating in Revival Glidden Tours for 13 years. His vehicle of choice in this year’s tour is a 1909 Midland car.
“We’ll be traveling approximately 500 miles during the week, going in different directions from Hastings each day,” Nikodym said. “Each car is given a set of directions and a time period they need to be at each venue. For instance, on Monday, half the people will be at Pioneer Village in Minden in the morning and Holdrege museum in the afternoon. Everyone meets at the same place for lunch.”
Those participating in the tour hail from all corners of the nation, each with a unique story to tell. One couple decided to make the tour instead of taking a cruise to celebrate its 50th wedding anniversary.
Another family will showcase a vehicle that sports its steering wheel on the passenger side, putting a stuffed Dalmatian in the traditional…