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Antique automobile tour to stop Aug. 9 at Great Lakes Museum

Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 12:03 p.m. CDT

Sailors and staff of Naval Station Great Lakes will have the opportunity to witness a parade of automotive history and technology Saturday, Aug. 9 when the Waukegan – North Shore Chapter of the Illinois Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America tours the station.

Christopher Schurrer, a member of the club, said he expects to have at least 20 participating vehicles. Schurrer will drive his 1956 Super 88 Oldsmobile. To be a member of the club, the auto enthusiast must own a vehicle at least 25 years old. All vehicles are kept in as original condition as possible. The Waukegan club – with membership numbering more than 100 – has automobiles ranging in age from a 1913 Stanley Steamer to a 1983 Ford Crown Vic.

Schurrer said that a vehicle’s documentation or provenance is very important to establishing a vehicle’s authenticity. He explained he can trace his Oldsmobile’s history from the day it left the assembly line to present.

“This club is a touring group,” Schurrer said. “We drive our cars. They are not garage queens. We want to give the public a chance to see them.”

The planned route can be found at http://goo.gl/maps/a5FKa.

The tour is slated to depart Forrestal Village at 11 a.m. From there, it will enter Halsey Village and head east on Saratoga, north on Yorktown, and east on Langley. At about 11:03, the group will cross Lewis into Nimitz Village and head south on Thresher, east on Atule, north and east on Yeager, north on Ray, east on Seawolf, and north on Spaulding. The group lead should be into North Chicago by 11:07. The group will return to Great Lakes around 11:10 via Foss Park Avenue from the north and will continue down Main Street to the Great Lakes Naval Museum with a planned arrival of about 11:15.

The group will stage at the museum for at least one hour.

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