Nearly 200 Pre-WWII Cars Coming to Bush Library and Museum

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Nearly 200 pre-WWII cars will roll into town Oct. 22 as the 2012 Revival AAA Glidden Tour visits the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University. The public is invited to come and view the cars and speak with tour participants from 9-11 a.m., Oct. 22 at the Bush Library and Museum.

1929 Packard owned by Dr. Wade Smith of San Antonio at an October 2011 mini tour in Bellville, Texas.

It is truly a time capsule when you come around the curve on an old back road and see lines of cars prior to 1942.

Nearly 200 pre-WWII cars will roll into town Oct. 22 as the 2012 Revival AAA Glidden Tour visits the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University.

Headquartered in Brenham, “The Great Texas Trail Drive” tour will travel about 100 miles each day (at a speed of 35 MPH) and visit several area attractions and points of interest. The public is invited to come and view the cars and speak with tour participants from 9-11 a.m., Oct. 22 at the Bush Library and Museum.

The tour includes several Model A and Model T Fords, some early Brass cars, a restored Yellowstone Park bus, Packards, Cadillacs, Chryslers, Buicks and Chevrolets, to name a few.

“The Glidden has been around for over 70 years and has not been in Texas for 18 years – never in this part of the state. It is truly a time capsule when you come around the curve on an old back road and see lines of cars prior to 1942,” said tour co-chairman Jamie Crandall.

The Glidden tour was originally started by industrialist Charles Glidden who participated in the 1904 AAA Tour from NY to St Louis. He donated an elaborate trophy to AAA to be awarded on subsequent tours. As a result, the tours from 1905 to 1913 were known as the Glidden Reliability Tours. After WW II a group of enthusiasts immediately organized a tour for vintage vehicles and gave it the name Revival Glidden Tour.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University is part of the National Archives and Records Administration’s Presidential Libraries network. The Bush Library and Museum preserves and makes available the records and artifacts of George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. We promote civic literacy and increased historical understanding of our national experience, and foster a community of public service and volunteerism by offering rich educational and public programs, original museum exhibits and access to our archival holdings. For more information visit the Bush Library and Museum website at bushlibrary.tamu.edu.

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