Huntingburg Kiwanis Car Show Featuring 1901 Huntingburg Motor Buggy

1901 Huntingburg Buggy Photo; Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce

1901 Huntingburg Buggy
Photo: Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce

The 14th Annual Huntingburg Kiwanis Car Show will be held at 8:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday April 19th on 4th Street in Historic Downtown Huntingburg, Indiana. Come on out and witness one of the largest car shows in the area featuring your favorites including antiques, classics, street rods, muscle cars, motorcycles and recent models of cars and trucks.

Entry fees for the car show are $15.00 if paid by April 11th and $20.00 on the day of the show. If you would like to enter your vehicle please register first at the Huntingburg United Methodist Church located at 416 N. Main Street prior to the show. Proceeds from the car show will benefit the children of our community. An 8” x 10” matted print of the 1901 Huntingburg Motor Buggy will also be given to the first 100 people who register their vehicle for the show.

The Huntingburg Kiwanis has also made some new additions which will be implemented in this year’s show. This year there will be a total of 35 cars that will be receiving awards and an additional 10 awards will also be offered. The Kiwanis Club has also arranged for Kent Sparrow to provide live entertainment during the show. Donations will also be accepted for a 22” x 28” matted and framed print of “Abe Lincoln’s Boyhood Home” which has been donated by a local Kiwanis member and artist Bill Pickle. This painting is ready for hanging. The drawing will be held at 3:00pm at Bill’s booth and you need not be present to win.

A Motor Buggy manufactured by Huntingburg Wagon Works in 1901 will be on display. The buggy was discovered at a farm auction in Kalamazoo, MI in 1961 by Peter Madzik. After restoring this priceless gem Madzik presented the buggy to the Detroit Historical Museum in 1974. This buggy was constructed in the same year as Henry Ford’s first car.

A prominent citizen of Huntingburg observed the car on display in Detroit and arranged to have it leased to the City of Huntingburg. The buggy is presently on display at the Huntingburg City Hall.

Standard equipment on the motor buggy is a whip to chase away the curious dogs that typically pursued the early horseless carriages. An iron anchor attached to a leather strap served as a parking brake. Without the anchor set on the ground, a strong gust of wind could easily blow the buggy down the street.

Very few of these motorized buggies were ever manufactured, as the Huntingburg Wagon Works was primarily a builder of horse drawn vehicles.

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