VAN WERT — Local residents will be able to see a spectacular array of antique, vintage and collectible automobiles in the next few weeks as three different automobile clubs make excursions to our area.

On Monday, September 8, the Buick Driving Enthusiasts Tour will be in Van Wert. This organization, affiliated the Buick Car Club, is committed to not only owning and displaying vintage cars, but also to actually driving them. The group headed by Bruce and Shar Kile of Marietta, Georgia have put together a “Simple Is As Simple Does” tour of northwest Ohio. The 50 cars in this tour will be available for public viewing at the following locations: KAM Manufacturing & Universal Lettering between 10 and 11:30 AM, Wassenberg Art Center between 12 and 1:30 PM and Central Mutual Insurance Company between 2 and 4 PM. On Wednesday, September 10, the same group will be traveling to the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, but on their return trip to Bryan, will be making a stop in Delphos where participants have been encouraged to visit the Canal Commission Museum and the Postal History Museum, wander downtown to do some shopping and stop by The Creamery for an ice cream treat.

On Sunday, September 21, the Old Fort Model A club from Fort Wayne will be visiting the Van Wert County Historical Museum beginning at 1 PM. This group will have approximately 50 automobiles. Ford Model A’s were built between 1928 and 1931 and replaced the Model T. When production of the Model A ended nearly 5 million of them had been sold.

Sept. 21-26 through September 26, the prestigious Antique Automobile Club of America will be holding their 69th Revival Glidden Tour hosted by the Defiance Chapter of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America. This tour will include approximately 200 antique and classic cars. On Monday, September 22, 100 of those cars will making the trip to Van Wert. While here, the group will be visiting the Antique Fire Equipment Museum at Central Mutual Insurance Company, lunching at Willow Bend Country Club, stopping at the Children’s Garden in Smiley Park and touring the Van Wert County Historical Museum. On Tuesday the second group of 100 cars will make the same stops when they come to town. The best place for public viewing will be at the museum where cars will be parked on the grounds as well as on Third Street.

The public is invited to any of these locations on these dates to see the many antique automobiles.